On Saturday, H.D. Woodson senior Jephany Brown received a phone call from an excited teammate. It was senior Chanel Green, fresh from her official visit to Providence, with some good news. Green had decided to commit to the school.
Brown, a well-recruited 6-foot forward, couldn’t help but be excited for her teammate not just because of the decision but because she had chosen the same school herself only a few weeks before.
“She knew I wanted to go there,” Brown said Monday. “I was telling her that it was good and stuff. I guess once she went up there she saw. I was saying to her, ‘It would be good if we could play together.’"
But for Green — who chose Providence independently of her teammate and was recruited separately by the school's coaches — it took a little longer to realize she wanted to commit there.
Brown, a third-team All-Met selection last winter who had 20 Division I basketball offers, fell in love instantly with the Rhode Island college on her official visit a few weeks ago, so much so that she asked H.D. Woodson Coach Frank Oliver to cancel possible trips to DePaul and Georgia Tech when she returned.
“I seen the school and I liked the facilities,” Brown said. “I met with the academic counselor and the tutors and the dean of the school and I liked what they were saying. And I could see myself going there and how they could help me develop academically and in basketball."
But for Green, a 5-foot-4 guard, she took officials visit to East Carolina and East Tennessee State and an unofficial visit to William & Mary before picking Providence after she watched its players practice and work out.
“I think they can really challenge me as a player and help me get better for the next level and academically it’s really good,” Green said.
Last season, Brown was the Warriors’ leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points, who along with Green guided a less experienced H.D. Woodson team to its sixth straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title. Green averaged 5.6 points.
“I think schools like to recruit based on need but I think there was a void at both of those positions with seniors leaving and an opportunity to compete to play right away,” Oliver said. “It’s a great university. It’s in the Big East with great facilities.”