Ashanti Brown very rarely goes away from her role on the team.
She knows her main purpose is to rebound and occasionally provide scoring for the Douglas County basketball team.
It is a role that she loves and embraces as being the team’s defensive specialist.
“It is what I’m good at as a player,” Brown said. “You have to do what you are good at as a player to help the team. I don’t mind rebounding and playing defense. I don’t score as much but that is not what I’m really out there for.”
But when she has to, the 6-foot-1 junior is capable of putting the ball in the basket. She is fourth on the team with a 7.9 scoring average.
She has six games this season of double figure scoring including a season-high 19 points in a win over Chapel Hill in the season opener.
In addition, Brown has 10 double figure rebounding games including 17 in a win over Pebblebrook. The Tigers are 17-1 overall and 9-0 in Region 3-AAAAAA heading into Tuesday’s home game against Langston Hughes.
“It is not always about scoring because we have some really good guards,” Brown said. “They really know how to push it and I don’t have to do as much on the offensive end. As long as I’m doing what I’m suppose to do and we are winning, it is the best thing for the team.”
Brown seems the pretty compliment to freshman Amari Robinson, who is averaging 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Tigers. They give Douglas County a formable inside duo that few teams have been able to stop.
Douglas County coach Chet Forsh calls Brown the unsung hero of the team. She does most of the dirty work that few players are willing to do to help a team win.
Some of the things she does do not appear on the stat sheet.
“She is a bright and intelligent player that do a lot of things that does not go notice,” Forsh said. “She plays defense and rebounds. Honestly, I don’t think we get her the ball enough on the offensive end. She has had a few double digit games.”
Brown played in only three games as a freshman after sustaining a torn ACL injury. She rebounded and played well as a sophomore in 27 games by averaging 4.6 point and 7.4 rebounds.
She is the younger sister of Alexandria Brown, who is now a freshman at Olgethorpe University.
While Ashanti Brown doesn’t shine as much on the court, she is definitely one of the top students on the team off the court.
While taking the rigorous load of International Baccalaureate classes, Brown maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. Brown says she gets her competitive edge from growing up in a household with athletes.
In addition to sister, Alexandria, Brown’s older brother, Shan Foster, played basketball at Vanderbilt. Another older sister, Amaria Brown, played at Alabama State before graduating last year.
She has a younger brother, John Brown, who is on the Douglas County football team.
And their parents are former athletes as John, Sr., played basketball at Southern Mississippi and mother, Stephanie, played softball in junior college back in Mississippi.
“We are all competitive,” Ashanti Brown said. “We have that who is better mentality. Playing sports is a huge part of our family.”
And it shows on and off the court.