Oregon didn’t beat Arizona on the hardwood last season, but the Ducks have won a key recruiting battle this summer.
USC transfer Endyia Rogers committed to Oregon over the Wildcats on Sunday, just a few days after she concluded her official visit to the UA.
The sophomore point guard will be a big boost to the Ducks’ backcourt. Rogers earned All-Pac-12 honors this season after leading USC in points (14.4), rebounds (4.4) and assists (4.3) per game. She shot 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3.
Rogers visited Oregon earlier in the month and came away with a strong impression of the program and head coach Kelly Graves. Winning was atop her priority list.
“He explained to me that when Sabrina [Ionescu] was there with Minyon [Moore], they [made that big run],” Rogers told DuckTerritory.com. “Both of them could play on and off the ball. He was saying that they were one piece away. I can help get them to a national championship.
“Me and Te-Hina (Paopao), we could run the show up there. If I know you can create and you can run it and make a play, I don’t mind playing off the ball. But if I know you can’t create and you’re causing confusion, that’s something I can’t do it.”
With Rogers heading elsewhere, Arizona will likely lean on Shaina Pellington and Oregon transfer Taylor Chavez to run the point with Helena Pueyo and/or Anna Gret Asi chipping in every now and then. They have the tall task of replacing Aari McDonald.
As a refresher, here’s what Arizona’s 15-person roster looks like right now:
- Cate Reese
- Sam Thomas
- Helena Pueyo
- Bendu Yeaney
- Shaina Pellington
- Lauren Ware
- Semaj Smith
- Madi Conner
- Aaronette Vonleh
- Gisela Sanchez
- Anna Gret Asi
- Derin Erdogan
- Koi Love (Vanderbilt transfer)
- Taylor Chavez (Oregon transfer)
- Ariyah Copeland (Alabama transfer)