“I love New York City ballers. We know how to ball. There’s a lot of competition, but that’s even better. No one’s going to let you down,” said Jessica Previlon, who grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
She attended Midwood High School, where she earned first-team all-Brooklyn honors her junior and senior years and second-team all-city her senior year.
She played AAU ball with the Brooklyn Saints. After two years at Monroe College in New Rochelle, helping to lead the Lady Monarchs to the 2011 NJCAA Division II women’s basketball national title, Previlon entered Stony Brook University. Now in her senior year, Previlon is the third best scorer for the Seawolves, who are experiencing their best season in quite some time.
“It’s actually been a big improvement, a big progression from last year,” said Previlon, a 5-foot-11 forward. “We’ve been working very hard, and the coach has been able to recruit. Everything has been great from there.”
In just her second year, coach Beth O’Boyle has turned the struggling program into consistent winners. At press time 12-12, the Seawolves have come to see winning as expected.
Previlon said she enjoys being one of the senior leaders on the team. “If one shows something positive, such as communication-wise, bringing intensity to practice, everyone will feed on it,” Previlon said. “You’ve got to come in there and just work hard and what you show in practice will show in the game.”
Previlon learned a lot about winning attitude playing high school ball. Unlike AAU or college, some teammates are not of the highest level. Her coach taught her to bring a positive attitude every day and be a leader. At Monroe College, Previlon was surrounded by other players who believed in winning, including three graduates of Murry Bergtraum High School, winner of 14 consecutive PSAL titles.
The Seawolves have just four regular season games left. The final home game is Feb. 23. Looking to the future, Previlon hopes to play overseas and then become a correctional officer, for which she’ll take exams this spring. For now, there’s college basketball.
“We can be better,” she said. “We have a lot of talent on this team. The next couple of games, we’ve got to go out there and battle.”