The Baylor women’s basketball signing class got bigger and better Friday.
The Lady Bears added 6-foot-5 Kalani Brown out of Slidell, Louisiana, the 10th-ranked player in the nation and top post player, according to All-Star Girls Report.
Brown is the daughter of former NBA player P.J. Brown and DeJuana Brown, both of whom played at Louisiana Tech. P.J. spent 15 years in the NBA as a 6-11 forward and won the 2008 championship with the Boston Celtics. DeJuana was a 6-3 post from Salmen High School and is an assistant at the school now.
“She’s a big body and comes from a lineage of two parents who played college ball at the highest level,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “She’s a winner. She’s ranked the No. 1 post player in the country. Don’t look at her body and think she’s not athletic because she is. She’s left-handed and brings a body in there that you can work with. She’s going to be a special player here.”
Kalani Brown has played for three state championships at Salmen, winning the crown each of the past two years. Last year, the left-hander averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks and two steals to earn numerous awards.
She was the district MVP, the All-Metro Player of the Year, the Sugar Bowl MVP, the Class 4 Player of the Year and the state championship tournament MVP and was also named Louisiana’s Miss Basketball and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
“It came down to us, Tennessee and A&M and she took her time and I’m glad it’s over,” Mulkey said. “We recruited that child since seventh grade when she came to camp. She was head and shoulders above everybody else.”.
Brown won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico and has posted 1,642 points, 1,078 rebounds and 425 blocks in her career heading into her senior season.
She joins three new Lady Bears who signed Wednesday: guards Alyssa Dry and Alexandria Gulley and forward Justis Szczpanski-Beavers.