Collinsville senior Aubreeny Brady has chosen to begin her college basketball career close to home.
A three-time all SWC player, Brady signed a letter-of-intent to attend Southwestern Illinois College beginning with the 2015-16 season.
“We are very happy to be able to have Aubreeny in our basketball program. She is a great young lady who comes from a very good high school basketball program at Collinsville,“ Blue Storm coach Mike Juenger said. “Coach (Lori) Billy does a great job of teaching her players the proper fundamentals and that along with Aubreeny’s athletic ability will give her the opportunity to come in here and be a key member of this basketball program.
“Aubreeny plays great defense, sees the floor well and is just a very strong and athletic player.”
A 5-foot-8 guard, Brady averaged 12.7 points and shot better than 51 percent from the field this past season for a Collinsville squad that reached the Class 4A O’Fallon Regional title game where is lost to Belleville West. Brady also averaged two rebounds, three assists and 3.72 steals per game.
Juenger said he expects Brady to be battling for the starting point guard spot when preseason training begins in October. And while Brady has all the tools to play at the NCAA Division I level, there is one area of her game that needs to improve — her perimeter shooting.
“That’s not really even a weakness because Aubreeny can shoot the basketball. It’s just that I think was more comfortable taking the ball to the basket in high school. She’s a very strong player and I think she was probably more of a scorer then she was a shooter,” Juenger said. “I’ve already told her that she needs to improve on her perimeter game. I like my point guards to be able to shoot the 3-point jukmper. If not, it’s easier for opposing defenses to back off and not guard them on the perimeter.”
Juenger also said that Kayla Moore, a 5-9 guard from Riverview Gardens (Mo.) has signed with the Blue Storm for the upcoming season. Moore averaged 12 points just a Rams squad which astruggled for wins (2-23) this past year but didn’t lack atheltic players.
“I’ve had some very fast athletic players in the past 19 years, but Kayla (Moore) is the fastest player I’ve ever seen. and that includes (two-time all-American) Janelle Cannon and Erika (McCaster),” Juenger said. “I’ve never used a full-court press in all of my years here but with the kids we’ve got coming here next year that may change. I may not have a choice.
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