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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - University of Arkansas head women's basketball coach Tom Collen announced the signing of two prepsters to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Bria Pitts and Kelsey Brooks join the Razorbacks as freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
Pitts is a native of Broken Arrow, Okla., and attended East Central High. The 5-8 guard/forward was the leading scorer for the Class 5A runners-up last season and averaged 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 5.2 steals per game as a junior. Pitts tore her ACL in the state semifinals in 2012. Pitts was the sixth-ranked player the state of Oklahoma last season.
"We were very fortunate to sign Bria in the latter stages of the recruiting process," Collen said. "She had committed to Ole Miss but decided to stay closer to home. Had she not injured her knee during her junior season, she would have been ranked in the top 50 nationally and is one of the top two guards in the state of Oklahoma. She is extremely athletic. She can play any guard position on the floor and she has great court awareness. Bria is a great three-point shooter as well. She is a great student and will represent the women's basketball program at Arkansas at a very high level."
Brooks, a 5-9 guard, is a Lenexa, Kansas, native, and attended Olathe Northwest High School.
As a junior Brooks averaged 12 ppg and shot better than 50 percent from the field leading the Ravens to a program-best 23-2 record and an undefeated Sunflower League record. The Ravens were runners-up at the Kansas 6A state tournament last year as Brooks earned the Olathe Daily News Player of the Year honor.
Brooks' high school honors are numerous including 2012 KBCA Class 6A All-State, Wichita Eagle All-Class Girls 6A, Sunflower League First-Team, DiRenna Award finals and All-Kansas City Metro First-Team as a junior.
Brooks is also an honor roll student at Olathe Northwest High.
"We have followed Kelsey since her freshman year in high school," Collen said. "She is outstanding defensively and one of the quickest leapers I have ever seen. She plays point guard in high school and club basketball, but she will be a combo guard for us. She is explosive off the dribble and can really shoot the three. Kelsey is also an outstanding student and just a great person. She has really wanted to attend Arkansas from day one and I admire her for that. Our fans will love her."
Collen is in his sixth season with the Razorbacks and returned the program to the postseason last year going two rounds into the NCAA Tournament.
The Razorbacks are in Tulsa, Okla., today awaiting a 7 p.m. tip with the Golden Hurricane. Arkansas opened the season with a 97-58 win over Jackson State last Friday and now face its next five games away from Bud Walton Arena.