|Women's basketball adds aggressive guard|
MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho women's basketball team has strengthened its recruiting class for the 2010-11 season with the addition of 5-foot-8 guard Ganeaya Rogers, head coach Jon Newlee announced Tuesday. Rogers is a junior college transfer from Ohlone Junior College.
"Ganeaya is a tough, hard-nosed, physical guard at both ends of the floor, and she's a good student and just a great kid overall," Newlee said. "She makes us more athletic on the perimeter and does a great job of getting to the rim. She is more of a slasher than a shooter, she is a natural scorer."
Rogers spent the last three years at Ohlone Junior College in Fremont, Calif., and will have two years of eligibility at Idaho. She earned all-conference honors as a freshman in 2007-08 before sitting out a medical redshirt season in 2008-09. In 2009-10 Rogers was co-MVP of the Coast Conference South Division and was named to the California All-State team after averaging 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
"We were looking for a junior college player who could bring that experience right away," Newlee said. "She will definitely compete for a spot immediately. She has improved quite a bit at the junior college level, and she's got a very high ceiling at this level."
Rogers led the Renegades to a perfect 12-0 league record in 2009-10, and the team's second straight league championship. On Jan. 13 of this year, Rogers scored 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in a win over Monterey. She finished the season ranked 13th in the state in both assists and field goal percentage.
Before attending Ohlone Junior College, Rogers played her high school basketball at Milpitas High School in Milpitas, Calif.
Rogers will join Kelsey Bybee (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho/Coeur d'Alene HS), Alyssa Charlston (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake HS), Ashley Walters (Wilsonville, Ore./Wilsonville HS) and Adrie Shiels (Canberra, Australia/Midland College), who signed in November to give the Vandals five additions for the 2010-11 season.
"We absolutely addressed every need that we had with this recruiting class," Newlee said. "Ganeaya is the final piece to that. We have added both size and talent."