Lexie Brown lands at Duke after transferring from Maryland

Image: Duke Athletics.
Image: Duke Athletics.

Junior guard Lexie Brown signed with Duke the school announced Monday. When she announced her decision to leave Maryland, she indicated a desire to play for a program closer to her home in Suwanee, Ga.

“After talking with my family, I thought it was in my best interest to continue my education and pursue playing basketball at a university closer to my home,” said Brown in late May.

The daughter of former NBA player and Sacramento Kings assistant coach Dee Brown will sit out the 2015-16 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“Lexie is an incredible student-athlete,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She is highly motivated to pursue academics and basketball at the highest level in the ACC. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Duke family.”

From the Duke release:

A 5-9 guard, Brown played the last two seasons at Maryland where she was a 2015 Associated Press Third Team All-America, All-Big Ten First Team, All-Big Ten Defensive Team and Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore. Brown averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals, while draining 69 three-pointers.

Brown started all 36 contests and averaged 31.6 minutes as a sophomore guiding the Terrapins to a second straight NCAA Final Four appearance. She totaled six games with 20 or more points, including a season-high 27 points against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament. Brown drained at least one three-pointer in 33 games, including a season-high five against Princeton in the NCAA Tournament.

As a freshman, Brown averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals as she started 30-of-34 games. She hit 51 treys, including a career-high seven at Syracuse on eight attempts. Over the final six games of the season, Brown averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Brown was an All-ACC Freshman Team selection, NCAA Tournament All-Region honoree and was a Naismith and Wooden Award candidate for National Player of the Year.

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