TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona women’s basketball head coach Joan Bonvicini today announced that she has received National Letters of Intent for the 2005-06 academic year from Kelsey Burns, a 5-11 guard from Kennedy High School in Seattle, Wash., and Whitney Fields, a 6-1 post player from Monsignor Pace High School in Miami, Fla.
"I’m very excited about the kids in this class because of their athleticism, their potential to help us immediately and the fact that they are both excellent students," Bonvicini said. "They both are competitors who are used to winning in high school and want to carry that same success to the next level."
Burns is a three-time All-Seamount League selection (second team as a freshman and first team as a sophomore and junior). She was also named first team All-South County last year as a junior after averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
"Kelsey is a tremendous athlete who will provide size and athleticism to our backcourt," Bonvicini said. "She can play the one, two and three spots, and should help us immediately with her defense and scoring, especially with her three-point shooting. She is all-state in three sports, (swimming, basketball, and track and field), is a fierce competitor who wants to be the best and is not afraid of hard work."
Fields will play at Monsignor Pace this season after transferring from Miami Northwestern High School, where she was named honorable mention All-Dade County Class 6A last year after averaging 14.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.
"Whitney Fields gives us a presence in the post with her aggressiveness and the workhorse attitude she brings to the court every day," Bonvicini said. "Whitney will be a great addition to our frontline with her physical post play and athleticism. She is a great rebounder and a dominant low-post scorer who can also step away from the basket and shoot the jumper."