Girls’ basketball: H.D. Woodson’s All-Met Jephany Brown, Chanel Green re-open their recruitment


Jephany Brown, center, an All-Met this past season for City Title champion H.D. Woodson, has reopened her recruitment after a coaching change at Providence. (Jonathan Ernst/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Brown and Green asked for their releases following coaching changes at the school. In mid-March, then-Providence head coach Phil Seymore resigned after seven seasons. A month later, P rovidence hired Susan Robinson Fruchtl from St. Francis University (Pa.). The H.D. Woodson duo asked for their releases after Providence announced the hiring of its new coach, Oliver said.

“It’s kind of like starting over,” Oliver said. “You want to make sure you’re in the right situation with the right coaches. Yes, you go to the school because of the school itself but you spend the majority of the time with the basketball program and are there on a basketball scholarship.”

The players separately committed to Providence in October but admitted that playing together was attractive. They still want to try and play together, Oliver said.

“There are schools that are recruiting both of them and schools that are recruiting just Chanel or just Jephany,” he said. “But with it being so late, some schools may only have one spot and it’s by position need as well.”


H.D. Woodson G Chanel Green makes a steal late in the action during their win over Good Counsel on March 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

Schools interested in Green, a 5-foot-4 point guard with strong defensive skills, include Dayton, East Carolina, Sien and Temple, Oliver said. He said both players will start visiting schools next and continue until June.

According to Big East rules, Brown and Green cannot sign with another school in the conference, Oliver said.

Both players were integral to leading the Warriors to its seventh straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association titles and a third City Title Game victory in five years.

Of the other two seniors who guided H.D. Woodson to unprecedented success over the past four years, 5-foot-8 guard Janae Blount recently signed with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Oliver said. Senior guard Rahni Bell is undecided.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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