June 12, 2017
Fitts began to develop her interest in sports while playing soccer in local
organizations in Indianapolis. Despite not scoring any goals, she knew she
enjoyed the environment that sports created.
As the youngest of five siblings,
who all participated in sports at various IPS high schools, Alec was destined
to find her way to sports. Like many Indiana-born kids, Alec became a Pacers
fan at a young age and began to fall in love with the game of basketball. Her
skills developed on the playground with her older brothers, where she would
imitate Pacers players and her favorite athlete, Kobe Bean Bryant.
Her grandmother, however, would
often discourage her from playing. She worried that her granddaughter’s small
stature would cause her to get hurt or that she would be teased because she was
usually the only girl in the park shooting hoops with the guys. But as a young
“tomboy,” Alec would sneak out of the house to play ball rather than stay
inside to play with her dolls.
During her four years as a Golden
Knight, she has participated in volleyball, track, tennis, softball and basketball.
Alec was even a majorette dancer before coming to the conclusion that she doesn’t
have the best rhythm off the court. With her wide range of experiences, Alec
prefers to interact with her peers in team sports.
“I love the different
personalities you see when you play on a team. You get people from good and bad
situations on a team together and you see everyone having fun,” said Alec. “And
I feed on everybody’s energy. If you’re hyped, then I’m hyped. It’s such a good
With her bubbly personality, she
is beloved by her teammates and coaches alike, but taking criticism from her
coaches did not come naturally for Alec. As a young freshman, her on-court
hubris led to her ignoring her coaches and missing out on important lessons
that would later help her improve as a player.
After playing a key role at point
guard each of her first three years at Arlington, Alec finally had her breakout
season during her senior year. The difference came with her willingness to play
hard on both ends of the court, making her a staple on the defensive end, and finishing
No. 1 in the state and No. 8 in the nation in steals. After buckling down and
playing gritty defense, she saw her offensive game begin to come easier as
well, ending the season at No. 3 in the state in scoring at 26 points per game.
Arlington’s Athletic Director,
Danny Wilson, knows the impact that Alec has had on her school. “Alec is a
leader who leads through example. She is a good student, school citizen
and a great teammate, who makes the players around her better. She is a
wonderful example for all athletes to follow.”
On May 3, 2017, Fitts was honored
as a top female athlete by the Marion County Coaches of Girls Sports
Association for her accomplishments on the court and in the classroom. Even
with sports being a major focus for her, Alec keeps her school work on top of
her priority list.
“The biggest thing for me is
putting academics first. You’ve got to make sure that your work is done before
you hit the court. There have been situations where I’ve had to miss practice
or conditionings because of projects that I’ve had to complete, but I know that
I have to keep my GPA above a 3.0.”
Flourishing with her all-around
game resulted in offers at the next level for Alec. After weighing her options,
Alec signed a letter of commitment to play basketball at Dodge City Community College
in Kansas because of her familiarity with the small-school feel and the
opportunity to participate in other sports as well. During her time as a
Conquistador, Alec will be majoring in pre-veterinary medicine.
Receiving honors on the All-City
and All-Metro teams, while maintaining the highest scoring average in school
history, the four-year starter has certainly made her mark during her time at
Arlington. And with her fun, expressive personality and hard-working nature, Alec
is sure to thrive in college and beyond.