DANVILLE — Home was the right place for Capria Brown to end her recruiting journey.
The Schlarman Academy senior guard signed with the University of Dayton on Friday at Shebby Gym in front of her family and the people that got her to that position.
“I am so honored. I am so glad it was over because it has been difficult at times,” Brown said. “I am very blessed that I signed and signing with Dayton is great for me and my family.”
Brown thanked her family, fellow students and teammates, Schlarman dean of students Mark Croy, Schlarman athletics director Eric Crist, AAU coach Barry Bradford, former coach Keith Peoples and current coach OJ Harrison before signing.
“It’s a real joyful occasion to see how she has grown,” Harrison said. “I came here when she was a freshman and to see her as a freshman to see her now is a true testament to what her parents has done for her and what our staff has done for her. She’s a great kid and works hard, and puts in the extra hours. She’s a hard worker and I know she is going to do well. It feels like my kid was signing today.”
The road to Dayton included a previous commitment to Xavier, but she turned down the commitment in March and would be looking for a new school.
“It was very rocky because I thought I would never find a school,” Brown said. “Xavier was a good home for me but the coaching staff changed and coach Barry said if you trust me, I will help you find a new school and he suggested Dayton. At first I wasn’t going to go, but I went and I loved it. I went on an official trip there and I committed right there because I loved it so much.”
With the signing down, Brown, who was named to the IHSA Class 1A All-State team last season, is ready for the season and the chance to lead the Hilltoppers to their third straight IHSA Class 1A championship.
“We are going to try to go for a three-peat, it is not impossible,” Brown said. “We have large shoes to fill. We are losing a lot of points with Anaya, but we need to work together as a team to fill those shoes up. Once we get that chemistry down, we are going to be great.”
“Now she can relax because she knows where she is going. She can enjoy her senior year and have some fun and she wants to win,” Harrison said. “Yes, college was the ultimate goal, but Capria Brown always wants to win. She was the first person that called me and said for me to coach the team, She said I believe that we can do some special things together.”
For Brown, who was the first to call Harrison to take the Schlarman job when Peoples stepped down, it will be great to work with the new coach.
“I have always been a fan of his work. He has always been more about the girls than the game and I enjoy that about him,” Brown said. “I based my decision off my high school coach and it was very important for me. We just had team bonding a while ago and he also said to talk to my wife because it will help you grow as a woman going into college. He cares a lot about what happens off the court as well as on and he is a great coach.”
“I am looking forward to her senior year and continues growth,” Harrison said. “I feel that she has some things that she can still grow in, but she has done a phenomenal job.”