Essence Carson was born on July 28, 1986 to Stacey Robinson and Joseph Carson. She is the second of three children. Essence is a gifted musician who plays the piano, bass guitar, drums and saxophone…indeed, she majored in music at Rutgers College.
Essence attended the Rosa Parks School for Fine and Performing Arts, where she was a Straight-A student. However, since that school didn’t have an athletic department, she competed athletically at Paterson Eastside High School.
She played in the 2004 McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Games with fellow Rutgers recruit Matee Ajavon. She was named to the Parade All-America Second Team and the USA Today Super 25 All-America Team as a senior.
Essence was a three-time Associated Press all-state pick and the two-time Herald News Player of the Year. She was named a fourth-team All-American by Street & Smith’s and Parade as a junior.
In addition to basketball, Essence was also an all-state volleyball player. Essence attended Rutgers College from 2004-2008, majoring in music. She played basketball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, under coach C. Vivian Stringer. She became a starter in her sophomore year.
Essence Carson was chosen #7 in the first round of the WNBA draft by the New York Liberty.