JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville State women's basketball coach Annette Watts wrapped up the fall signing period by inking two for the 2013-14 squad, Watts announced on Wednesday.
Guards Kelly Naughton and Briana Benson signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to join the Gamecock program for next season. Naughton is a native of Elk Grove, Ill., while Benson is from Jonesboro, Ga.
"My staff worked hard to garner two very good guards," said Annette Watts. "Both players specialize in scoring or creating scoring opportunities for teammates. They will immediately fit into our offensive system. We are extremely excited about both players."
Naughton, a 5-7 guard plays at Elk Grove High School and had a breakout junior season. She registered five double-figure games as a junior, including a 21-point effort against Glenbrook North High School. Naughton also is active on the AAU circuit, playing for the Illinois Hustle. She is coached by Kathie Swanson at EGHS.
Watts describes Naughton as a feisty point guard, who can distribute the ball as well as score.
"She is a true student athlete with a 4.94 GPA and an impressive 27 ACT score. Her basketball IQ matches her academic IQ, high and always hungry to do more," added Watts.
Benson preps at Jonesboro High School in the Peach State. Listed as a 5-8 guard, Benson helped lead JHS to a spot in the semifinals of the state tournament. She has continued to guide JHS as a senior this season with a 10.7 scoring average and four rebounds per contest. She has also scored 15 and 11 points respectively so far this season.
Watts is keen on Benson's three-point shooting ability along with her efforts on the defensive end of the floor.
"She is a solid shooting guard with good speed and looks to be a force on the defensive end as well," mentioned Watts.