UMBC Women’s Basketball Inks Three in Early Signing Period
Head coach Phil Stern announced his 2008 recruiting class.
BALTIMORE—UMBC head women’s basketball coach Phil Stern announced today that three players – Michelle Kurowski, Katie Brooks and Erin Brown – have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Retrievers in the fall of 2008.
“This class certainly shows how important winning the America East championship was to our recruiting, and we look for all three players to have an immediate impact,” Stern said. “They are all great students who come from great families and will contribute on our campus and in our community right away.”
Michelle Kurowski, a 5-9 guard from Hicksville High School in Hicksville, N.Y., has accumulated more than 2,000 points and has averaged 20.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.2 rebounds in her varsity career. She is a three-time All-Nassau County and All-Long Island honoree, and she was the Most Outstanding Player of the Nassau County playoffs after leading Hicksville to the county championship. Kurowski also plays for the Long Island Lightning AAU team.
“Michelle is a tough, hard-nosed player who can score in a lot of different ways,” Stern said. “We’re fortunate to go up to Long Island and get the best player out of Nassau County.”
Katie Brooks, a 5-9 guard out of Heritage High School in Maryville, Tenn., averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals during her junior season. The third all-time leading scorer in Heritage history, she scored more than 1,200 career points before her senior season, and she is a three-time all-district and all-county honoree and a two-time all-region selection. In addition, she was named one of the top 25 prospects in the state of Tennessee by Tennessee Hoops Magazine. Brooks also plays for the Tennessee Flight AAU team.
“Katie is someone that we got involved with late in the process, but she is the perfect fit into our system,” Stern said. “She’s a big guard who can play multiple positions.”
Erin Brown, a 5-10 guard out of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., led her team to the state semifinals as a junior, when she earned first-team all-county and Washington Post honorable mention all-met after averaging 14.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She also earned honorable mention all-county accolades as a sophomore. The Vikings are 57-17 in Brown’s four seasons. She also plays for the Metro Stars AAU program.
“Erin is a tough player who we’ve known for years and will fit into our system along the lines of Sharri Rohde and Heather Luttrell,” Stern said.