CONCORD -- Unlike many of the athletes signing letter of intents on Wednesday, De La Salle High's Elliott Pitts wasn't rushing to sign first thing in the morning, but he's not any less excited.

"I'm going to sign with the team during a parent meeting tonight," Pitts said of the 7:15 p.m. meeting at the school where he will ink his letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Arizona.

"I'm really excited just to finally know I'm definitely going to Arizona and get this thing going," Pitts said.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is the No. 91-ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN. He's part of a recruiting class that ESPN ranks No. 18.

He's ready for the raised expectations that will follow him this high school season.

"I'm still the same person. I'll just be humble about it and just worry about this high school season coming up," Pitts said. "I'm definitely going to be ready for college, but I'll worry about a state championship first."

State titles are always the goal at De La Salle. The Spartans won the North Coast Section Division I title last year, but lost in the California Interscholastic Federation Northern regional semifinals to Jesuit-Carmichael.

De La Salle opens its season Dec. 6 when it hosts the Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic against Richmond High. Pitts said the team is eying the Gulfshore Shootout in Naples, Fla., a tournament that will feature several national powers including Montverde (Fla.) Academy and St. Benedict's Prep-Newark (N.J.).

Pitts wants to use his senior season to work on improving his shooting ability.

"I've been working on it all summer and all fall," Pitts said. "I want to keep getting better at that and working at that."

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