TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Brooklyn Maxwell has signed with the Davis & Elkins Senators to continue her basketball career following her senior season as a Lady Buc.
Maxwell made the announcement this past Wednesday in a special signing ceremony with her family, friends, teammates and coaches in attendance at the high school.
Maxwell said she chose Davis & Elkins because of its location and they offered her major – physical education.
“I wanted to stay close to home and I wanted to go somewhere that had my major of physical education,” remarked Maxwell. “When I made the decision last summer that I wanted to play collegiate basketball, I thought Davis & Elkins would be a great fit for me as they offered the two main things I was looking for.”
Maxwell said she made the initial contact with Davis & Elkins sending the coaching staff and head coach Jason Asbell a recruiting video.
“We got in contact with one another and just started talking and he came to a few of my off-season games and it just went from there.”
Asbell has set a solid foundation at Davis & Elkins in 12 seasons there, becoming their all-time leader in NCAA basketball wins.
The Senators also recently became members of the local Mountain East Conference which will keep Maxwell closer to home with road games at West Virginia Wesleyan, Glenville State and Fairmont State.
“I am a very family-type of person so it was important for me to know that my parents, Joe and Pam, are only 30 minutes away,” remarked Maxwell. “I like that I can stay local and have the support of the community and know my parents can come anytime that they want and it be a short trip. Knowing my parents are in the stands always makes me play harder and gives me extra confidence.”
Maxwell said she is happy to be able to sign with Davis & Elkins before the start of her senior season.
“I think from my perspective I know I can play harder and more to my ability because I don’t have to worry about an injury,” stated Maxwell. “Since I am already signed, I can lay everything out on the table and give 100 percent every game.”
Coming off the bench during the Lady Bucs’ state tournament runs as a freshman and a sophomore behind a loaded roster, Maxwell broke into a starting role this past season as a junior.
She averaged 8.7 points per game for the Lady Bucs shooting 43.7 percent making good on 69 of her 158 attempts.
She was third on the team in assists with 27, third in rebounding averaging 5.6 per game and was fifth on the team in steals with 45.
One of the influential people behind Brooklyn was her first high school coach and first cousin, Jeremy Maxwell. He coached Brooklyn as a freshman and sophomore at Buckhannon-Upshur.
“When she was in middle school she wasn’t interested in playing basketball,” stated Maxwell. “I kept telling her that she would like it if she tried it. It wound up becoming her favorite sport. Her competitive drive and working hard at the sport just made her better and better. I think our success and going to Charleston to the state tournaments also drove her. It sparked even more of an interest to get better and play at a higher level. It kept going until today when she achieved her goal of playing at the next level. I think she has the potential to get even better at the collegiate level.”
Her current coach at the high school, Rob Kittle, echoed those same sentiments about Brooklyn as a person and as a student-athlete.
“As a person, she is one of one of the best kids we have on the team,” remarked Kittle “She is always very polite and very coachable. There aren’t enough words to describe Brooklyn and what she has meant to our program over the years. As far as being an athlete, she is probably one of the hardest working kids I have been around as a coach. She always gives tremendous effort and is always ready to work. Honestly, nobody is going to outwork her on the court. She is just one of those type of players. Everything she gets is through her hard work. I think she will be great at the collegiate level. She will do whatever it takes to make herself successful.”
Maxwell will get her senior season underway when her Lady Bucs host Lewis County on Dec. 5.