November 11, 2009

ISLANDER WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS BRANDI HUFF TO NLI

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball team got a big commitment on Wednesday as Brandi Huff of Rockport-Fulton High School signed a National Letter of Intent with the Islanders on the first day of the early signing period.

"We are extremely excited to have Brandi joining our Islander family," said head coach Robert Robinson. "Not only is she an exceptional athlete, but she is an exceptional person as well.

"She is going to a great asset to our program."

The 6-0 high school senior is a four sport letterman who was recently named the District 30-4A MVP in volleyball and expects to put up big numbers in basketball this season after leading the Pirates to a Bi-District championship and an area finalist spot last year. Huff has lettered in basketball, volleyball, softball and track and has garnered Academic All-District recognition in all four sports during all four years of high school in addition to her athletic achievements.

In basketball, she was named all-district and district Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. She was also the co-Defensive player of the Year and named to the All-South Texas and TABC All-South Region teams during her junior season. She missed her sophomore season due to an injury and is currently preparing to begin her senior season at Rockport-Fulton. Huff averaged 18.4 points per game her junior year to go along with 12.7 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

"Brandi brings toughness and athletic ability to our team," said Robinson. "She possesses a great work ethic and a desire to be the best in all that she does.

"I like her ability to rebound and post up, but she can also step out and shoot the 15 foot jump shot."

Her volleyball and track careers have been just as successful after being named to the All-District 30-4A team in her freshman, junior and senior seasons. She was also named Newcomer of the year her freshman season, District 30-4A Outstanding Hitter her junior season and was recently unanimously selected as the district's MVP following her senior campaign. She helped lead her team to an undefeated district record, Bi-District Championship and the area finals. Huff led her team in kills and blocks each season and led the team in aces all but her freshman season when she was second.

Huff's track career is just as decorated after competing at the AAAA State Championship track meet every year during her career and finishing as the bronze medalist in the high jump this past season. She finished fifth her freshman year and sixth her sophomore year after returning from an injury.

The Fulton native plans to major in either math or education and wants to pursue a career in teaching and coaching after her playing career is over. Huff currently holds a 3.65 grade point average in high school.

"Brandi is definitely a true example of a "student-athlete", said Robinson. "Anytime you can recruit a player who can excel in the classroom and on the court it makes your program better."