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Collen adds two for 2012

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Collen adds two for 2012

FAYETTEVILLE — Tom Collen opened the 2011 early signing period welcoming Dominique Wilson and Melissa Wolff with National Letters of Intent today. Wolff is a 6-0 guard/forward from Cabot, Ark., where she paced her high school team to a fourth-place conference finish as a sophomore and a second place finish as a junior. She led Cabot to the state tournament semi-final game last year. Wolff is a two-time all-conference, all-state tournament team and tournament MVP. Her career-bests include 32 points scored, 15 rounds and 10 steals. As a junior Wolff averaged 17 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 4.1 steals per game for the Panthers. In addition to basketball, Wolff is a member of the National Honor Society and played softball for a season. The daughter of Kenny and Jennifer Wolff, she has an older brother Matthew. “Melissa is an outstanding player and certainly will be a candidate for the player of the year in the state of Arkansas,” Collen said. “Cabot High School has a chance to win it all as well. She was consistently one of the top scorers for the Arkansas Mavericks club this past summer. They were one of the top AAU teams in the country and have several players ranked in the top 50 nationally in the 2013 class. “Melissa is very aggressive and has the potential to be a versatile high post player, a good rebounding and shooting small forward, or a big off guard,” he added. “She will find her way onto the floor because of her versatility, heart and high basketball IQ. We are very pleased to sign what we believe is the best player in the state of Arkansas this year.” Wilson checks in from Powder Springs, Ga., where she played for the McEachern High Indians. Listed as a 5-8 combo guard, Wilson paced the Indians to three state runner-up finishes in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and a regional title in 2010. Wilson reached the 1000-point plateau as junior and averaged 13.0 ppg that season. Rated as a four-star guard by ESPN HoopGurlz, Wilson also plays for A.O.T. Lady Rebels club team and club coach Omar Cooper. Wilson is one of two children to Damon and Chaleta Wilson and has a younger brother, Damon. “Dominique is a great sign for us especially considering we had not watched her a lot until late in the process,” Collen said. “She is a winner. She plays on one of the best high school teams in the state of Georgia and maybe the top club team in the country based on last summer’s results. She is a great shooter, an excellent athlete and has a chance to be impactful on both ends of the floor. Her primary position will be as a shooting guard but she can play the point as well. She comes from a great family. Her father played tight end for Georgia Tech. She is an excellent student and that translates to the court as well. “She is graded out as a 92 in ESPN HoopGurlz Report which would put her in the top 100 nationally,” Collen continued. “She is ranked as the 40th best combo guard in the country.” The Razorbacks are in Daytona Beach, Fla., this week opening the 2011-12 season with Minnesota in the first of three back-to-back-to back games as part of the WBI Tip-Off Classic. Arkansas hosts Texas-Arlington Nov. 16, in an 11 a.m. contest.



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