ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville women’s basketball coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick has announced the signing of three players to national letters-of-intent today. The three early signees are 5-7 guard Khaila Webb of Dorman HS in Spartanburg, S.C., 6-0 forward Bronza Fitzgerald of George Washington HS in Danville, Va. and 6-0 forward Tiffany Wilson of Forest Park HS in Jonesboro, Ga.
"I am very pleased with all three of the young ladies that have decided to join our program. They will certainly be a huge piece in our building process at UNC Asheville on the court, in the classroom and in our campus community,” stated Kirkpatrick. “Our current players were a big part of the recruiting process, and I congratulate them as well for attracting such talented players and well-rounded individuals to our program.
“It's no secret that all three of these young ladies were impressed with our current culture and the work that we are putting in as an organization to bring championships to Asheville in women's basketball,” added Kirkpatrick. “I cannot say enough about the work ethic of my assistant coaches and the efforts they put into identifying and securing great players and people to represent this program once again."
Webb has enjoyed a great career at perennial power Dorman. As a junior, she averaged 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists per game as she led Dorman to the 2013 South Carolina 4-A state championship game. Webb has been named to the All-State and All-Region team the past two seasons and made the Spartanburg Herald All-Area team last year as a junior. She has been key player for her AAU team, the SC 76ers.
"Khaila is a versatile threat from the perimeter. She can attack the basket, has a developing mid-range game and can shoot the three as well,” declared Kirkpatrick. “Khaila plays for one of the most storied women's basketball programs in the state of South Carolina and will be working towards a state championship in her senior season. She possesses the type of competitive mentality we are looking for.
“Khaila made an impression in our first meeting because she was and is so passionate about UNC Asheville and joining our family,” Kirkpatrick also said. “We want players who want to play Bulldog basketball and be a part of building a championship culture. She was our first verbal commitment in an outstanding 2014 class and will no doubt be an exciting player to watch on the floor at Asheville."
Fitzgerald has put up some great numbers at George Washington. Last year, she averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots per game. Fitzgerald was named team MVP last season along with earning the Rebound Award. She was a first team All-District performer along with being an All-Metro selection.
"Bronza was one of the most outstanding rebounders and play-makers in the paint we evaluated as a staff all summer. I was impressed with her tenacity and competitiveness each time I saw her take the floor,” admitted Kirkpatrick. “Bre plays fearless and has great presence on the court. That's a perfect fit for our style of play. She will bring an aggressive mentality to the paint for us next year.
“In addition to what she will contribute athletically, she clearly jelled with our kids when she came on her official visit which is just as important to us as a program,” Kirkpatrick added. “The entire team and staff are extremely excited to have her join the family."
Wilson has been a three-year letterwinner at Forest Park. She enjoyed a sensational junior campaign as she averaged 15 points. 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots per game. Wilson earned first team All-Region and All County honors a year ago.
"Tiffany first impressed our staff with her solid play in the paint this past summer as a member of one of the most talented summer basketball programs in the state of Georgia with the Georgia Pistols,” commented Kirkpatrick. “When we evaluated Tiffany in a workout with her high school team in the fall, we were also able to see how well she handles the ball in addition to having a great mid-range game.
“She will be a tough match-up at either the center or forward position for us next season,” Kirkpatrick also said. “Tiffany is also a proven leader on and off the court and we will gladly welcome her consistent approach and work ethic to our program."