Hazen basketball standout signs to play with Huskies
December 1, 2011
By Christina Lords
Airashay Rogers, the star senior point guard for the Hazen Highlanders girls basketball team, will be the first student athlete in two years to graduate from the school and go on to play a Division I sport in college.
Rogers signed a letter of intent Nov. 21 to play basketball for the University of Washington — the first high school recruit to be brought into the new helm of first-year coach Kevin McGuff.
Rogers, who will study business and marketing at the school, said she’s still focused on a successful season with Highlanders basketball.
“It’s not going to be anything easy,” she said. “I still have to focus on my high school season before I try to go past it. I still want to make sure I have the same connection with my team as before. Nothing has changed, I’m just moving on next year.”
Rogers averaged 26 points per game, 2.4 assists, two blocks, 9.4 rebounds and 6.5 steals per game for the Highlanders last season.
“She bought into the system,” Hazen coach Jeff Bernhardt said. “She plays hard. She’s a team leader but I’m proud because it shows a little validation into what we’re doing.”
Attending the UW will benefit Rogers academically as well as athletically, said Ed Crow, Hazen’s assistant principal and athletic director.
“We take pride in kids getting into an environment that’s really competitive,” he said. “Going to a Pac-12 school means a lot. It means we have athletes that are going to go compete at the highest level.”
Bernhardt said Rogers would be a valuable addition to the university’s lineup.
“There aren’t many around that can match her,” he said. “She’s powerful, but yet graceful. She’s not out of control. The speed and the power that she plays with … there’s not anyone around that has that.”