The Southern Miss Lady Eagles have their first commitment to the class of 2016.
Molly Brown, 5'10 G/F has committed after several conversations and a visit with her family to the Hattiesburg campus. She currently plays for South Georgia Tech where she was named to the sophomore JuCo all-star team. Brown played High School for Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia before signing with the JuCo program where she started the relationship with Southern Miss
"They saw me play in the national tournament last year," The 5'10 sophomore told GoldenEaglePride.com.
"Coach Sharp saw me out there and she wrote my name down but she didn't really talk to me there. Then I played in the all-star game, its a JuCo rising sophomore game and Coach McNelis saw me and they knew they wanted me after that game."
It was after that game that things started ramping up between Brown and Southern Miss.
"They started getting in contact with me and Coach Sneed came down to one of my practices this year," she said.
"I made a good connection with them and they wanted me to come on an official visit. Last weekend we stayed the whole weekend there and when I came back I talked to my coach here, called them, and committed."
Southern Miss had everything Brown was looking for in her future school. Her visit to campus with her family sealed the deal.
"I think the small town family feel that I had while there really seemed like a good fit for me," she said.
"I have three brothers and all my life family has been a huge part of my life. I feel like I'm in another part of family helps me when I'm away from home. Being from Atlanta, its just a 5 hour drive to Hattiesburg. I felt the support from the people there, the players, the coaching staff and everyone at Southern Miss. It was just a place I felt like I'd be well taken care of and my family loved that."
What will the Lady Eagles be getting in Brown?
"They recruited me as a shooter," she said.
"Brooke Rhodes is the player that they told me I'll be like. When I came on my visit they showed me clips of Brooke and how they used her on the team and what they did to get her open. They showed me what a big part of the team she was. They pretty much told me that was the spot they wanted me to fill."
Brown has grown so much as a player that she feels that she is ready to take on the next challenge ahead of her.
"I think JuCo was a good transition for me," she added.
"In High School my team wasn't very good and I felt like it helped me grow in confidence, strength, and skill set. On and off the court I became a better player and learned what it takes to be successful at the next level.
"It is a huge relief to know where I'm going. Last year we made it to the national tournament and this year it has given me the opportunity to just play for the team and nothing else is on my mind. You are always wondering who is watching and what will they think, but not I can forget about all that."
Brown was the first commitment for the Lady Eagles in the class of 2016.