- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Comets girls’ basketball standout Melyse Brown, seated, center, will continue her basketball career at Virginia Union University. On hand for the signing were seated, left, Brown’s mother Theresa Coleman and seated, right, Brown’s sister Nia Brown; back row, from left, Comets girls’ basketball coach Billy Lucas, Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter, Comets girls’ basketball coach Jennifer Rutledge and Comets girls’ head basketball coach Matthew McCargo.
After having played four seasons of varsity basketball for Halifax County High School, Melyse Brown is taking the next step up the ladder.
Brown announced Wednesday she has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Virginia Union University.
“I’m very excited,” Brown said.
“I get to go to school for free and do something that I love to do.”
Brown was an integral part of last season’s Comets team that went undefeated with a 20-0 slate in regular-season play and played its way into the Northwest Region Tournament.
“It was real exciting to be a part of that, to be a part of history at Halifax County High School,” Brown said.
“That was a big step for the girls (basketball) program, something we really needed.”
While Brown has the opportunity to continue her basketball career, she played and excelled in multiple sports while a student at Halifax County High School.
Along with being on the varsity girls basketball team for four years, Brown was a member of the varsity girls volleyball team for three years, played varsity soccer for two years and was a member of the girls indoor and outdoor track teams as a ninth-grader.
Brown earned First Team All-Western Valley District and Second Team All-Northwest Region honors in basketball this past season. She earned Honorable Mention all-district honors in volleyball the past two seasons and was named to the Second Team of the All-Western Valley District Team in her junior season, her final season of playing soccer.
While Brown is a talented multi-sport athlete, it is basketball that is taking her to the next level.
“Basketball is my favorite sport,” Brown noted.
“I like the competitiveness of the sport. I like the ups and downs, the hard games that you played well and lost and the hard games that you played well and won.”
Along with being an exceptional athlete, Brown is also outstanding in the classroom. An honor student, a member of the National Honor Society and a multi-time recipient of the All-Western Valley District Academic Team award, Brown was ranked 19th overall in her graduating class.
As a student at Virginia Union University, Brown plans to pursue a degree in mathematics.
“I was leaning toward a career in architecture or construction management,” Brown explained.
“But, they don’t have those majors at Virginia Union. Math is a big part of it, so, if I get my degree in math and get the math out of the way, I can transfer to another school to get my Master’s Degree and just focus on that major.”
Matthew McCargo, the head coach of the Halifax County High School varsity girls basketball team, holds a soft spot for Brown in his heart.
“Melyse is my baby,” McCargo said with a grin.
“She is the last of the little girls I started with eight, nine or 10 years ago. Melyse was the baby. She was the one that wanted to be out there with the bigger girls and doing what they were doing. She was the one that sometimes didn’t get her playing time because she was too little, too young or too inexperienced. That just made her work harder.”
McCargo says Brown has everything it takes to be successful at the next level. Brown, he said, proved it in front of Virginia Union University coaches.
“At her initial tryout, they put the players through a full-scale college practice,” McCargo explained.
“Melyse basically breezed through it, and did everything that would catch a coach’s eye.”
McCargo has no doubt that Brown will be successful on the next level.
“What makes her a special player is that she is a very pleasant person to be around,” McCargo said Brown.
“She’s a hard worker. She has a tremendous work ethic. You don’t have to make her do anything. She just has a competitive nature. She punishes herself too hard sometimes, just like her sister, Nia.
“They’re both hard workers and are very competitive,” added McCargo.
“They just want to be the best all the time. They know what it takes to do that and they go out and do their best to get the job done. Melyse will be a good representative of us all.”