Sparks Add Rebounding and Size in First Round Pick Kalani Brown

By Eli Horowitz

With the seventh pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, the Sparks selected Kalani Brown out of Baylor University. The 6-foot-7 center is coming off a national championship and brings size, rebounding, scoring and rim protection to an already talented Sparks frontcourt:

Brown led Baylor to a national championship and was able to control the paint on both ends of the floor throughout the Bears championship run. She averaged 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game her senior season, while shooting 61% from the field.

After winning the title, she appeared on Good Morning America with her college head coach Kim Mulkey to talk about the experience:

Brown also brings a basketball pedigree to the team. Her mother Dee Brown played collegiate basketball at Louisiana Tech and her father P.J. played 15 years in the NBA and won a title with the Boston Celtics.

 

We asked Kalani to tell us a little bit more about herself:

Q: What excites you most about moving to LA?

KB: Definitely meeting my new teammates and being in a whole new city.

Q: Who is your hero and why?

KB: My mother because she has taught me everything both on and off the court. She was more than a mom, she was my coach, my mentor and my best friend. She has been my rock through everything.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure food item?

KB: Definitely seafood gumbo from back home.

Q: Who is the toughest player you have ever guarded?

KB: Probably Teaira McCowan, she was very strong and physical.

Q: Is there a particular cause that you are passionate about and why?

KB: I’m passionate about tall girls owning their height and acknowledging that TALL IS BEAUTIFUL. I take pride in my appearance on the court because there are so many stereotypes about tall girls and women’s basketball period. I want to use my platform to promote tall women.

Q: What is your personal pregame routine?

KB: I listen to R&B before every game to relax my nerves.

Q: Who is at your Ideal dinner party (any 2-3 people, alive or dead)?

KB: God, my grandmother Brenda (deceased) and Rihanna.

What is something we don’t know about you?

KB: I love Disney everything: Disney World, Disney movies, etc.

Q: What is your favorite Basketball memory?

KB: Winning a national championship.