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Vandals pick up all-conference junior college guard

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Ganeaya Rogers was named to the California All-State team after averaging 15 points per game last season (Photo: Univ. of Idaho Athletics) Ganeaya Rogers was named to the California All-State team after averaging 15 points per game last season (Photo: Univ. of Idaho Athletics)

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Vandals said they were in need of an experienced guard to make an impact immediately. So they found one in Ohlone Junior College's Ganeaya Rogers. The 5-foot-8 guard committed to play at the University of Idaho, the school said on Wednesday.

"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," said Vandal head women's basketball coach John Newlee. "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's a natural scorer."

Rogers spent the last three years at Northern California's Ohlone Junior College and will still have two years of eligibility left for the Vandals. She earned all-conference honors in the 2007-08 season before sitting out the 2008-09 season because of a medical redshirt. She came back in 2009-10 to earn co-MVP of the Coast Conference South Division and was named to the California All-State team after averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Rogers led the Renegades to a perfect 12-0 league record last season and the team's second straight league championship.

"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 joins four others who recently signed with the Vandals: 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). They all signed with the Vandals in November.

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