Not just in basketball, but also in terms of her academic future. Maybe that’s why Fishman said Rogers’ oral commitment to Duke Tuesday morning was a perfect fit.
Rogers, a 6-1 wing, gave her pledge to Duke at a news conference at a youth basketball camp conducted at the Lakota West High School gym.
“With just about any top school to choose from, (Alexis) is confident that she is going to a place that fully embraces her ability on and off the court and her potential to succeed in the future in and beyond basketball,” Fishman said.
Rogers, who averaged 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals as a junior last season, also considered the likes of North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Southern California, Illinois, Purdue and Kansas among many others.
Fishman said the Blue Devils did an “amazing job” of recruiting Rogers. He said the prep standout could make an impact once she enters college. He added Duke’s up-tempo style will suit Rogers, who was a Division I honorable-mention all-state last season.
Rogers, who plans to study clinical psychology, made an unofficial visit to Duke last weekend and had a chance to learn more about the academic opportunities. Fishman said her decision was cemented after the visit.
“(The academic advisors) really made an incredible impact in terms of what student-athletes can achieve beyond basketball,” Fishman said.
Rogers, ranked the No. 91 player overall nationally in the 2009 class by the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 list, is the second Lakota West senior-to-be player to make an oral commitment to a college. Point guard Tessa Elkins committed to Ohio University this past school year.
Rogers, ranked the No. 18 wing in her class by HoopGurlz, and Elkins will be two of the players the Firebirds will count on this season for Lakota West, which was a Division I state runner-up to Mount Notre Dame in March.
Eight players, including All-America forward Amber Gray (Tennesse) have graduated. But, the Firebirds return six players with varsity letters.
“The girls are looking forward” to the season, Fishman said.