Jabarria “Butta” Brown is a starting varsity freshman for Eastside High School. She is a combo guard who is great at scoring, but can also play the point. She attends International High School for Business and is in all honors classes.
“Butta” got her nickname from her mother when she and her twin brother were born premature. Her mother thought she looked like a Spanish baby and called her “Butta Pecan Rican” after a Fat Joe rap song. From there they started calling her Lady Butta, then Miss Butta, and eventually ended up with just Butta.
Butta shared that she has played for the Blue Crush, the Gym Ratz, the Playaz Basketball Club (boys’ team), and currently plays for the New Jersey Sparks.
Butta shared that basketball trainer Jon James, “has been a big part of my development since the fourth grade. He continues to help me with my drills and has never doubted me. He allows me to play my game and encourages me not to second guess myself [on the court]. Even when I was the youngest on the court Jon James taught me to hold my own. He made me believe I can do whatever they can do.” She played for Jon James this past year on Playaz Basketball Club and they won the league championship.
Butta has also been trained by Danny Brown from the Gym Ratz. She explained, “Coach Danny has helped me out a lot. I played along side good players, such as Michelle Sidor. Coach Danny pushed me like no one has ever pushed me before. He saw my potential and never gave up on me. I am so grateful for him.”
Prior to getting to high school Butta traveled all the way to Texas to play in the John Lucas Nike Skills Camp. Only the top 100 players from the nation are invited to attend. She was nominated by the New Jersey Sparks. With the Sparks she also traveled to the prestigious Gym Rats Challenge in Albany, NY, where her team earned second place.
Butta shared that playing for Eastside High School has been a great opportunity because “all the coaches push me to be the best, not just in New Jersey, but in the world.” She also said she knows all the coaches love her and have her best interest in mind. With Eastside she had the opportunity to play at The Mecca in NYC. She played at A New Year’s Resolution run by the New Jersey Sparks.This past December she was at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Pheonix, Arizona, where they played only nationally ranked teams. Butta said, “It was tough, but it was a great experience. As a freshman on a court with so many good players it was an honor.”
Her current goals are to stay focused and work hard in both school and basketball so she can earn a college scholarship. She wants to try to score 2,000 points and said, “Go big or go home!” After playing in college Butta’s goal is to play professionally, “I want to make the WNBA brand even bigger than the NBA brand.” Lastly, Butta shared that without her parents being there for her every game and practice she would not be the player she is today.