Arkansas State head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer announced Friday that guard Jamie Ruffins and forward Aundrea Pipkins have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Red Wolves.
Ruffins, a 5-8 point guard from Little Rock Central High School, was ranked as the No. 37 point guard in the nation by ESPN's HoopGurlz and was also given a 3-star rating by the publication. She averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game while playing for the Arkansas Mavericks in summer league competition.
At Little Rock Central, she averaged 10 points per game, four rebounds, three assists and three steals a night. She was also a two-time all-conference selection, a four-year varsity starter, a three-time all-tournament team selection at the McDonald's Shootout in Paragould, Ark., and an all-tournament team selection at the Lady Bulldog Classic in Fayetteville, Ark., last season.
"It was crucial that we signed a quality point guard during this early signing period," Boyer said. "I have been Jamie's biggest fan for the past two years. She is the true tone setter on both ends of the court. I am anxious to get Jamie on campus because she fits everything we're about both on the court and off the court."
Pipkins, a 6-3 forward from Madison High School in Fresno, Texas, averaged 6.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as a junior last season. She was recognized as an all-district selection on the Houston Chronicle's all-area team and was selected as one of the rising stars in the state of Texas by the Texas Basketball Preview publication after her junior season.
"I am really looking forward to getting Aundrea on campus and working with her," Boyer said. "She is very physically gifted with good height, length and speed. Even at 6-3 she is capable of facing up and could eventually become a real match-up problem as she develops her perimeter skills."
Premierbasketballreport.com also recognized her as one of the top-100 players in the state and the website also listed her as a top-10 post player in the state.
The early signing period for the class of 2013 runs from Nov. 14-21.