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Women's Basketball Adds Georgia Standout

Joye Lee-McNelis

Joye Lee-McNelis

April 12, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss women's coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the signing of Georgia standout Caron Brown of Atlanta, Ga., to a national letter-of-intent and grant-in-aid scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

"We are so excited to have Caron as the newest member of the Lady Eagle family," McNelis said. "Caron is an athletic player that is expected to contribute as a freshman. She is a versatile post that has the potential to play multiple positions and can be a threat on both the perimeter and in the post. As a person, Caron is first class. She possesses all the qualities we want in a Lady Eagle both on and off the floor. We feel she is the total package."

Brown, a 6-foot-2 post player, averaged 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for Coach Hilda Hankerson at Westlake High School where she was a three-year letterwinner and starter. She was among the top 44 senior players by the Score Atlanta and earned second team all-metro honors. Her team finished with a 22-6 record after advancing to the state playoffs.

Brown, who led the team in rebounding and blocks, scored a career high 31 points against Martin Luther King High School. She tied a state record in blocks after recording 12 against Creekside High School. As a junior, she averaged 8.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

"I chose Southern Miss because of how much I enjoyed the recruiting process and getting to know Coach D and the entire staff," Brown said. "I really enjoyed my visit and developing my relationship with the coaches and the team. They also have a great academic program for my major which will be Forensic Science."

According to ESPN Hoopgurlz, Caron is the 34th ranked forward in the country and has graded out as an 89 and is a three-star prospect.

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