The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team added a verbal commitment this week from forward Tashia Brown.

Brown, a 6-foot-1-inch senior from Lowndes (Ga.) High School, committed to WKU and coach Michelle Clark-Heard, according to Joe Foster, executive director of the Southeastern Lady Blazers AAU program.

“She’s an outstanding character kid,” Foster said. “She’s rangy, athletic. She’s a complete player. She’s going to be special for them.”

Brown narrowed her choices early in her recruitment, Foster said, but if she hadn’t, “she very well could have ended up in the ACC or SEC.”

The left-handed wing also had interest from Auburn, Kennesaw State, Clemson, Florida State, Mercer, UAB and Louisiana Tech, Foster said. He was still taking calls inquiring about her as of Wednesday morning.

Brown averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior for the Vikettes (16-10), according to the Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times. She was named second team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.

“She’s big-time,” Foster said. “She was under the radar, and she blew up during the summer. She’s a prolific scorer and can score in many ways. Rangy, a left-hander and one of her best attributes is her passing.”

Brown averaged 11.1 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore.

She visited WKU this month and felt at ease with the school and program, Foster said. That made it even easier to support Brown making an early decision.

“You let a child make their choice, and you support them like a parent,” he said. “She liked a couple of schools, and she really liked Western Kentucky. She liked the atmosphere and felt comfortable with the situation. That says a lot for a mid-level program. I can you tell this, she’s going to be exciting to watch develop. You’ll get a kick out of this one.”

The Lady Toppers also have 2014 commitments from Glasgow center Shalika Smith, LaRue County guard Ivy Brown and Chicago-area forward Jaiveonna Norris. Their first chance to sign with WKU will be during the November early signing period.

All four prospects – who range from shooting guard to center – are 6 feet or taller.

— Zach Greenwell covers Western Kentucky University women’s basketball. Follow him on Twitter at or visit

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