PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Jean Marie Burr, head coach of the Brown women's basketball team, has announced the three members of the Class of 2017 who will be joining the roster in the fall of 2013. Brown's Class of 2017 includes Emily Dinger (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Rebecca Musgrove (Plainview, N.Y.) and KJ Veldman (Spirit Lake, Iowa).
"Our Brown basketball team and coaches have worked to attract some of the nation's top talent," said Burr. "We searched the basketball landscape and are confident that we have brought to our Brown basketball family a passionate, driven and accomplished class. These players can help us get to the next level by bringing defensive intensity, focus and the ability to score on the run. They fit into our team philosophy that embodies the balance of being strong student-athletes and campus leaders without skipping a beat on what it takes to bring their best on the court."
Dinger, a 5-foot-10 guard, joins Brown from Archbishop Mitty High School, where she helped the Monarchs capture three West Catholic Athletic League titles during her career. Dinger was also named Second Team All-State and First Team WCAL during her senior campaign. As a junior, Dinger led Archbishop Mitty to the CIF Division II State title, highlighted by a game-high 16-point performance in the championship game. Additionally, Dinger earned Second Team WCAL accolades as a junior. Dinger is ranked a three-star prospect and the 58th-best guard in the country according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Musgrove, a 5-foot-9-inch guard, comes to Brown after a successful four-year varsity career at St. Anthony's High School, where she led the team to three straight Long Island CHSAA Championships and a 62-5 league record as a starter. Musgrove, a two-time captain, was named First Team All-Long Island and All-State the past two seasons. She put together an impressive senior campaign, averaging 18.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.7 steals en route to Long Island CHSAA and Newsday Suffolk Player of the Year honors. Musgrove was the 2012-13 league and championship game MVP and left St. Anthony's as the all-time leader in points (1,384), rebounds (734), assists (548), steals (521) and starts (115). Musgrove is ranked a three-star prospect and the 115th-best guard in the country according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.
Veldman, a 5-foot-7-inch guard, joins the Bears after a decorated career at Spirit Lake High School. Veldman, a two-time First Team All-Lakes Conference selection, ranked second in Class 3A scoring as a senior with 20.3 points per game, including a pair of 30-plus point performances. She also averaged 6.4 rebounds per game, 4.0 steals per game and 3.1 assists per game this past season. After leading her team to the State Elite Eight, Veldman earned All-State and Academic All-State honors by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association and was named a McDonald's All-American. During her junior year, Veldman averaged 23.0 points per game and set single-season program records for points scored (551), steals (113) and free throws made (144). Veldman graduated from Spirit Lake with 1,625 career points and holds six career, four seasonal, and five single-game program records.