Another of Kansas City's premier high school players is coming to Northwest Missouri State.
Justin Pitts, a 5-9 point guard from Blue Springs South, signed with Northwest late last week, according to a source within the program.
Pitts is Northwest's third signee for next year and the second that was a finalist for the DiRenna Award, given out to the top boys basketball player in the Kansas City metro area every year. Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) product Zach Schneider, who signed with Northwest two weeks ago, was also up for the award.
Pitts averaged 16.4 points per game, 4.6 steals, 3.6 rebounds and three assists during his senior year for a Jaguar team that went 24-3 and lost in sectionals to eventual Class 5 state champion Rockhurst.
He shot 59 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three-point territory.
A first team all-state selection in Class 5, Pitts finished his Jaguar career as the school's single-game (12), single-season (125) and career leader (260) in steals.
Pitts reportedly had offers from Division I programs such as Western Michigan and Eastern Illinois but spurned them for Northwest.
The Bearcats return every contributing member of last year's 21-10 team, save for shooting guards DeAngelo Hailey and Alex Sullivan.
Pitts could see immediate playing time as a back-up to returning point guards DeShaun Cooper and Matt Wallace. Northwest's first two signees—Brett Dougherty and Schneider—are both 6-7 frontcourt players.