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UA's Collen adds two recruits

Arkansas Coach Tom Collen has added two recruits to the Class of 2013-14 with both coming from outside the state.

Tom Collen has added a pair of out-of-state recruits to his recruiting class.

Tulsa (Okla.) East Central guard-forward Bria Pitts, 5-8, and Olathe (Kan.) Northwest guard Kelsey Brooks, 5-9, signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday. For Pitts, that was a reversal of what she thought she was going to do a few week's ago.

“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 3-point shooter as well. She is a great student and will represent the women's basketball program at Arkansas at a very high level.”

Pitts 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 in the state of Oklahoma last season.

As a junior, Brooks averaged 12 points each game and shot better than 50 percent from the field leading the Ravens to a 23-2 record and an undefeated Sunflower League record. The Ravens were the state runners-up at the Kansas Class 6A state tournament last year as Brooks earned the Olathe Daily News Player of the Year honor.

“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 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.”

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 an honor roll student at Olathe Northwest High.

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