Former Vista Murrieta girls basketball star Brown named ESPNW Player of the Week

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Former Vista Murrieta star Jaelyn Brown was named ESPNW Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 25 after a career performance against No. 20-ranked Arkansas. Courtesy Photo/Cal Athletics

Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

University of California Berkely senior guard/forward Jaelyn Brown was named ESPNW’s Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 25. 

The former Vista Murrieta High School standout has continued to improve her numbers year after year, despite coaching changes over the last four seasons. 

The 6-foot-1 Brown scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds (also a career high) when the Bears beat No. 20 Arkansas at home on Sunday, Nov. 24. She shot better than 50% from the field, which included making 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc. 

Brown joined only three other Cal players to score at least 30 points and grab 12 rebounds in a game. 

She also racked up 18 points and 9 rebounds in a win over the San Diego State Aztecs. She added 10 points in a win over UC Riverside and 6 against UConn. 

So far this season, Brown has started every game for the Bears, averaging 14.4 points and 8 rebounds per game. 

Brown beat out Queen Egbo of Baylor, Dana Evans of Louisville, Haley Gorecki of Duke, Becca Hittner of Drake, Satou Sabally of Oregon, and Chante Stonewall of DePaul for the award. 

Brown was a four-star ESPN HoopGurlz prospect coming out of Vista Murrieta and was the No. 54-ranked player in the nation. 

During her time with the Broncos, she was named as the Southwestern League Player of the Year three times while leading the team to the league title. She made All-CIF each time during those three years. 

She tore her ACL, MCL, meniscus and compressed cartilage artery before her senior year with the Broncos. 

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com