Jonesboro (ASU) — Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer announced Wednesday that Madison, AL standouts Mekena Randle and Tiarra Pritchett have signed national letters of intent to continue their basketball careers at Arkansas State University.
The duo led Bob Jones High School to a 101-8 record over the last three seasons, including two Class 6A state championships and one state runner-up finish.
Randle, a 5'9" forward, was named second-team All-State after averaging eight points, four steals and two assists per game during the 2010 season. She was also named to the AHSAA Northwest Regional All-Tournament team and the Huntsville Times 2010 Elite team.
"Mekena is a very gifted athlete," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer. "She will fit in very well in the Sun Belt Conference because of her athletic ability. Her size, strength and explosiveness make her a very difficult matchup one-on-one."
Pritchett, a 5'5" guard, was also named to the AHSAA Northwest Regional All-Tournament team and the Huntsville Times 2010 Elite team, as well as earning honorable mention All-State honors. She averaged eight points, four rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Patriots last season.
"Tiarra is as athletic as any point guard in our conference," said Boyer. "What makes Tiarra special is that she is extremely quick and fast with the ball in her hands, but you rarely see her get out of control."
"I am very excited to add both Tiarra and Mekena to our roster," Boyer continued. "It is rare to sign two players from the same high school, but when you look at what the two of them have accomplished during their careers you can see why we are so high on them. They have played at the highest level in Alabama and have won nearly every night. There is a huge adjustment from high school to Division I basketball, but both Mekena and Tiarra have been so well coached that this adjustment will be much easier for them. Coach (Tim) Miller runs his high school program like a college program. He challenges them daily so they will be very well prepared for the transition to Arkansas State."