Sept. 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Women’s Basketball student-athletes were treated to a life skills presentation by former Women’s National Basketball Association star Rushia Brown last week. The team listened to a veteran basketball player who had excelled in college, in the WNBA and also internationally.
The message: Everything you do is a continual process to eventually make you who you are.
Playing basketball at Furman University, Brown was the 1989 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, the 1991-92 Edena Hartness Athlete of the Year, a three-time league MVP, named SoCon All-Conference on three occasions, led the league in points, blocks and steals in 1991 and was later inducted into the league’s hall of fame.
Brown played internationally for ten years of her career, winning championships in Italy, South Korea and France. In 1998 she led the Italian league in scoring with 28.7 points per game and then had a very successful 2003 season in France, winning the French League, the French Cup and being a part of a Euroleague champion squad. She also played seven years in the WNBA, suiting up for the Cleveland Rockers and the Charlotte Sting.
Incredibly, Brown was able to achieve all of this despite not picking up a basketball until the 10th grade.
Brown spoke to the student-athletes about putting their teammates in good positions to be successful. In order to do this, everyone evaluated their own strengths and then went around the room and announced what they thought were the best attributes of their teammates. Players were then instructed to take a moment to reflect on their own individual weaknesses and think about how they can be improved upon.
To see pictures from Rushia Brown’s visit with the Bobcats, check out the Ohio Women’s Basketball Facebook page here.