McDonogh's Brick commits to Maryland Player of Year swayed by location, conference

October 27, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's Vicki Brick, last year's All-Metro girls basketball Player of the Year, said yesterday that she has orally committed to Maryland. She plans to sign before the early signing period for basketball ends on Nov. 18.

Since Brick arrived at McDonogh, the Eagles have won all three Association of Independent Schools A Division championships and compiled a record of 62-8.

Last year, she led the Eagles to a 24-1 season and the No. 1 ranking, averaging 20.4 points, 3.8 assists and 5.1 steals. She was named Miss Maryland Basketball for underclassmen by the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

A 5-foot-6 point guard known for her blistering first step, Brick made official visits to Oklahoma, Oakland (Mich.) and Maryland. She also was recruited by a host of smaller Division I schools, including Towson, but the Terps were always her clear favorite.

"I wanted to play in the ACC and I wanted to stay close to home," said Brick. "Being at Maryland, my parents can come and watch, and if you play in the ACC, you play against the top competition. I've been on campus a lot, inside Cole Field House and on the tennis courts, and I fell in love with the atmosphere of the school."

Brick, who carries a 3.2 grade-point average and scored 1,260 on her SAT, said academics was also a draw. She plans a career that incorporates business and sports, perhaps majoring in kinesiology and sports marketing. She said she may follow in the footsteps of her parents, Victor and Lynne Brick, who own and operate a chain of health clubs in Baltimore.

Her decision to attend Maryland was popular with the rest of her family, too.

"Maryland was always our first choice," said Victor Brick, a native of Silver Spring. "We're thrilled that Vicki's going to be playing for the state school.

"I think one of the reasons why they really liked Vicki is that she's the type of kid who makes everyone better. McDonogh was 9-10 before she came, and they've only lost eight games since she was a freshman there."

She certainly would like to have the same effect at Maryland.

The Terps were 15-13 last season playing one of the 10 toughest schedules in the country. They did not make the NCAA tournament.

Brick said she feels she can contribute quickly.

"Maybe I won't start at first," said Brick, "but I feel I will be able to work into a starting spot if I go in with the mind-set that I'm going to outwork everyone on the team. One of the main things I'll be able to contribute is my intensity."

She has had that same intensity since she began playing AAU basketball at age 10.

"[Her] intensity, you can't teach," said then-McDonogh coach Seth Kushkin in 1997. "She has that drive to always win, to never settle for being second best."

Rated No. 75 overall and among the top 25 guards by the Blue Star Index of the nation's top seniors, Brick likely would have been more widely recruited had she not announced at the end of her sophomore season that she was giving up basketball to concentrate on tennis. At 15, she was ranked among the top 100 tennis players in the nation at 16-and-under.

However, that following summer after a brief stint with her former AAU basketball team, the Maryland Tornadoes, Brick realized that she would rather concentrate on basketball.

Pub Date: 10/27/98

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