Nov. 13, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona announced the signing of homegrown products Davellyn Whyte and Brooke Jackson to national letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day for prospective players to commit during the Fall early signing period.
Whyte, a 5’11” guard at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, chose the Wildcats over Georgia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, LSU and Arizona State. Last season as a junior, Whyte led the Lady Knights with a scoring average of 18 points per game and guided her team to a record of 19-9 and the 5A Desert Valley Region championship. She was a 1st-team all-state selection and was the runner-up in the Region Player of the Year voting.
“We could not be happier to have Davellyn joining the Arizona family,” said Arizona head coach Niya Butts, who begins her first season in charge of the Wildcats on Friday against the University of Toledo at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational in Hilo, Haw. “She’s a scorer number one, but she’s also a great defender. She’s a great competitor and will add a great attitude to our team.”
“Arizona definitely got a gem in Davellyn Whyte,” said Bret McCormick of the All-Star Girls Report scouting service, a group that had Whyte ranked in the top 80 of all high school players. “She is a great athlete, an excellent passer and scorer and they did a great job of taking care of their backyard with her.”
A player who will have three years of eligibility remaining when she joins the Wildcats next Fall is Brooke Jackson, a 5’9” shooting guard who is a freshman at Mesa Community College. Jackson graduated from Mountain View High School after averaging 18 points per game over her prep career. A two-time East Valley Region Player of the Year and two-time all-state selection, Jackson is the Arizona 5A single-season scoring leader with 849 points tallied during her junior campaign.
“Brooke is going to provide us with some outside shooting, which is something we are very excited about,” said Butts, who will likely add several more players during the Spring signing period. “She has a great attitude, she works hard and she’s another Arizona kid that we’re bringing to Tucson. She is definitely going to bring a great skill set to our program.”
Jackson also holds state 5A records for free throws made in a game (18 vs. Reno Galena, 2005) and season (216, 2006) as well as career steals (482). She is currently averaging 19 points per game at Mesa. Her prep career includes a career-best 25 points per game average during her junior campaign and a career three-point shooting percentage of 41 percent.
Following its three-game trip to Hawaii, Arizona opens its 14-game home calendar against UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, November 23 with tip-off set for 3:00 p.m.