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Collen adds guard

11/16/2012
Jeri Thorpe, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas head women’s basketball coach Tom Collen announced the signing of McKenzie Adams to a National Letter of Intent today.

Adams joins Bria Pitts and Kelsey Brooks who signed yesterday.

Adams checks in from Frisco, Texas, where she plays for Frisco Centennial High School.  Adams averaged 19.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.6 apt as a junior earning District 9-4A MVP honors.  Originally from Bryant, Ark., Adams’ family moved to Texas prior to her junior year of high school.

Adams follows in her father’s footsteps as a Razorback.  Gary “Peanut” Adams played football at Arkansas from 1988-92.

“I’ve loved Kenzie since the first time I watched her play in camp,” Collen said. “We offered her after her freshman year when she was at Bryant High School. She is a true combo guard that can play the point or the shooting guard. She was raised in a household that loves the Razorbacks since her father Peanut Adams, played football at Arkansas.  Kenzie is an outstanding passer, but she can shoot it with anyone in the country. In my opinion she is one of the top five players in the state of Texas in the 2013 class and maybe the best overall guard. She is also an outstanding student and we are looking forward to her arrival on campus.”

Arkansas does not anticipate any further signees during the early period. 

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.

“Collectively, this has a chance to be the greatest collection of guards that have ever signed at Arkansas,” he said.  “All three have been ranked in various recruiting services in the top 100 nationally. All three are about 5-9, athletic, good ball handlers, can shoot, and are great students.  All three will have a chance to impact us immediately.  There are still a few players out there that we hope to sign in the spring both from the state of Arkansas and internationally. We will be concentrating late on big forwards and possibly another post player. We are really pleased with Ana-Carlota Faussurier, who is redshirting for us now and will be a part of the 2013 class as well. Every year we have continued to sign more talented players with an added emphasis on academics, work ethic and character. That will never change.”

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