H.D. Woodson All-Met forward Jephany Brown and fourth-team All-Met guard Chanel Green, two of the most accomplished girls’ basketball players in D.C. public school history, were granted full releases from the letters-of-intent they signed with Providence, their high school coach Frank Oliver, Jr. said.
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.”
Brown, a dominating 6-foot post player, averaged 17.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. She had a list of offers from over 20 Division I schools when she committed to Providence. Schools interested in her now are, among others, Dayton, East Carolina, Memphis, Mississippi State, Temple, Virginia Tech and Washington, Oliver said.
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.