Statesboro’s Kea signs basketball letter with Brewton-Parker Lady Barons


Statesboro High School Lady Devils basketball player Brandi Kea signed a national letter of intent May 21 to play for Brewton-Parker College beginning next school year, Lady Barons coach Tommy Dalley has announced.


Kea, a 6-foot-1 center, averaged 14 points and nine rebounds as a senior, a year for which she was an All-Region 3-AAAA preseason and postseason selection and made the Atlanta Tip-Off Club’s All-State Team for Class AAAA.


“We expect Brandi to come in and be an impact player as a freshman,” said Dalley, who loses three senior starters off a 24-9 team that qualified for the NAIA Division I national tournament. “She works hard, has great hands, really runs the floor well and really knows how to defend and rebound.”


Kea was chosen by The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association to play in the annual North-South All-Star Basketball Game in Dalton earlier in the spring.


“Brandi has a lot of God-given ability, but she has worked tirelessly to improve her basketball skills,” Lady Devils coach Paul Webb said of Kea, a two-year starter who also played at the varsity level as a sophomore. “She put a lot of extra time into improving during the off-season and today all of us get to see the fruits of her labor.”


Kea, selected by her teammates as co-MVP, is the seventh Lady Devil to accept a basketball scholarship in the last four years.


“It is a real blessing to have yet another player to have her college education paid for,” Webb said. “As a coach, all I can do is provide opportunities for these girls, but the ones like Brandi that take advantage of these opportunities are the ones that enjoy days like today.”


Kea, the daughter of Henry and Ann Ross, also participated in track while at Statesboro High School.