ATLANTA - There was a time when Alexandria Brown could have given up on her dreams of playing college basketball.
After two knee operations in high school, Brown had to push her body through long hours of rehab just to get back at playing the sport she loves.
Last week, she was rewarded for those long hours of rehab.
Brown made her first college start for Oglethorpe and made a big impression.
In a 63-61 home win over Berry College, Brown scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting while grabbing 16 rebounds to record her first career double-double.
It was her second career start, and she’s averaged 12.5 rebounds in those two starts.
For her effort, she was named the Southern Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades.
"Alex Brown is one of our hardest workers in the weight room and in the gym, and that has been the case since she first arrived on campus," Oglethorpe coach Alex Richey said. "What's exciting about this award for her was that she achieved it due mainly to hustle and determination, which was shown in collecting 11 offensive rebounds. Performances like this translate to wins and she was the most excited about the team victory, which is something I love to see.”
Brown said she was trying to make the most of a rare starting opportunity.
Through 13 games, the 6-foot-1 freshman has made three starts. In those starts, she has been very productive for the Stormy Petrel women’s basketball team. Overall, she has averaged 2.7 points and 5.3 rebounds for the team.
“That game against Berry was very special,” Brown said. “I have some high expectations for myself. I just wasn’t use to sitting on the bench. It has been discouraging at times.”
Brown has worked hard to get herself back on the basketball court. She sustained two torn ACL injuries that have required surgery as she missed parts of her high school career. She missed all of her sophomore season and parts of her junior and senior seasons at Douglas County High.
But each time, she battled back to get back on the court.
“Going through those injuries has made me better as a person and basketball player,” Brown said. “Both of the injuries came as a shock to me. After the second injury I had to re-evaluate my life to see what I wanted to do. I couldn’t let them get me down.”
Because of her strong academics, and play on the court, Brown was offered a chance to play at Div. III Oglethorpe. The coaches discovered her while scouting a teammate.
Richey has been pleased with the progress that Brown has made.
“She came from a successful program in high school and knew how to win,” he said. “She is the kind of player that is always looking to get better. She has put in a lot of work in the weight room and on the court.”
Like she has pushed herself in the gym and weight room, Brown is equally a hard worker in the classroom. She graduated from Douglas County High’s International Baccalaureate program, and has continued excel in the classroom.
During her first semester at Oglethorpe, Brown earned a 3.5 grade-point average. Brown has switched her major from engineering to accountant. Until the offer came from Oglethorpe, Brown had considered attend Georgia.
“I’m really big on academics, and I had just planned on going to college as a regular student,” Brown said. “The Oglethorpe thing really came out of the blue. Going through the academics in the I.B. programs has really helped me with time management. I think it made me the student that I am today.”