Mittie Signs Two to NLIs in Fall Signing Period
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the Fall National Signing period on Wednesday. The two new additions to the K-State roster for the 2016-17 season are: guard Mercedes Brooks and center Peyton Williams.
“Continuing to add quality people and increase our athletic ability with good size and scoring ability has been our continued goal,” said Mittie about the incoming student-athletes. “Both Mercedes and Peyton possess these qualities and we still have the flexibility to add to this class.”
Brooks, a 6’0” native of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Rider High School, joins the Wildcats as the number 46 ranked guard in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz and ranked as the 23rd best prospect in the state of Texas by Premier. She will become the ninth player in K-State women’s basketball history from the state of Texas.
Brooks has had an accomplished career with the Lady Raiders, as she is a two-time Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State selection. In the 2014-15 season, Brooks helped the Lady Raiders to a 30-4 record and a Class 5A Region 1 semifinal appearance. Brooks led Rider in scoring with 18.1 points per game and averaged 8.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.0 blocks and was named the Red River 22 most valuable player for the second straight season.
Brooks comes from an athletic family, as her older sister Jasmine ran track at Texas Southern and her older sister Taliyah competes in the multi-events at Arkansas.
“We like her ability to impact both ends of the floor,” said Mittie about his perimeter addition. “She is an extremely athletic guard and has shooting range that extends to 25-26 feet. She is a great competitor and has tremendous upside.”
Williams, a 6’3” product of Topeka, Kansas, and Cair Paravel Latin School is rated as the number 64 player in the nation by Prospects Nation and is rated the number 20 center in the country by ESPN Hoopgurlz. She will become the fourth player in program history from Topeka and the first since Nadira Hazim and Kristie Bahner (1988-91).
Williams is a two-sport star for the Lions, as she has played on the varsity of both the girls basketball and volleyball teams since the eighth grade. She is a four-time All-Kansas Christian Athletic Association (KCAA) First Team selection in volleyball and a three-time All-KCAA First Team recipient and an All-KCAA Second Team honoree in basketball.
In basketball, Williams has tallied over 1,200 points and averaged 19.3 points and 13.1 rebounds last season while helping the Lions to a regular season title in the KCAA and a second place finish in the league tournament.
In her sophomore season in 2013-14, Williams helped the Lions to a 24-2 record and the program’s first KCAA state title. She averaged 22.2 points, 14.1 rebounds, 5.1 steals and 2.3 blocks during the season. In the Metro Christian Athletic Association tournament, Williams averaged 27 points and 15 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors.
Williams anticipates redshirting for the K-State volleyball program in the 2016 season and will look to compete as a two-sport athlete beginning in the 2017-18 season.
“A very skilled and athletic center that will be able to pass, score, and rebound effectively,” stated Mittie on the in-state product. “Her versatility will be a tremendous advantage for our team.”
K-State will open its 48th season of action on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the Wildcats face Tulsa at 7 p.m. Kansas State will begin the home portion of its non-conference schedule on Monday, Nov. 16 against Abilene Christian at 5:30 p.m., in a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader. Tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.