CHICAGO – Brittany Collins, a 6-0 senior center/forward at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's basketball program. The Des Plaines native will be a freshman at SXU in the fall of 2014 and compete for playing time on the court during the 2014-15 season. Saint Xavier University women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg strongly believes that Collins has all the skill sets and talent to make an immediate impact next year as a Cougar.
Collins is the daughter of Kathy and Paul Collins of Des Plaines. She is currently coached by Derril Kipp at Maine West High School. Last week, Collins was named to the Chicago Tribune's Top 50 Chicago-area girls' basketball players. She entered her final season with the Warriors with 1,395 career points and needing just 253 more points to set the school's all-time scoring mark. Collins is already Maine West's all-time leading rebounder with nearly 1,000 career rebounds as well.
"Brittany is a huge signing for our program," said Hallberg. "To land a player of her talent level from a tremendous high school program and who was named one of the top 50 girls' basketball players in the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune speaks volumes. It shows that all the work that our coaches and players have put into building this program over the years has paid off, because the top players want to come to Saint Xavier University and compete for a national championship."