HIGH POINT, N.C. – Former High Point University women’s basketball standout Shamia Brown has signed a contract to play for the Nottingham Wildcats in England, becoming just the second HPU player to ink an overseas contract in the Div. I era.
“I am very excited to have this chance to travel abroad and play professionally in England,” Brown said. “This is something that I have wanted to do since I started playing basketball. I can’t wait to experience a different culture and play in a professional league. I am just ready to get over there and start practicing.”
Brown finished her HPU career as the Panthers’ Div. I leader in both scoring, with 1,590 points, and rebounds, with 745. She is just the third player in the school’s Div. I era to eclipse both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
“I cannot begin to describe how happy I am for Shamia,” HPU women’s basketball head coach DeUnna Hendrix said. “I truly believe that good things happen to great people and she is most definitely one of them. Shamia will go down as one of the best players to come through here and she is an even better person. There was no doubt in my mind that this was in her future.”
Brown led High Point to one of its most successful seasons in 2011-12, helping the Panthers to a 20-13 overall record and a berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Brown led High Point in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game, and was second in rebounding with 6.8 per game. The forward earned All-Conference honors for the second-straight season when she was named first-team All-Big South.
Nottingham went 9-12 in EBL Division I in 2011-12 and advanced to the league semifinals.
Brown joins former HPU guard Candyce Sellars as the only two Panthers in the Div. I era to continue their basketball careers overseas. Sellars signed with Lyon in France in 2009.