- Chris Hansen, ESPNHS HoopGurlz
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Ta'Shauna Rodgers of Suffolk, Va., just ended a brilliant summer with Boo Williams Elite by being named Oustanding Player at Nike Nationals by ESPN HoopGurlz and now she has pulled the trigger on her college commitment. The 5-8 shooting guard gave a verbal commitment to Georgetown and head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
For Rodgers, the girl everyone calls "Sugar", the proximity to home and coaching staff were factors as was playing time.
"I think I'll be able to play immediately," Rodgers said.
After Rodgers' play this summer it is obvious why Georgetown coveted the long range bomber. The King's Fork High School star stepped into the spotlight this summer with her club team. The No. 3 ranked player in the class, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is a teammate of Rodgers for Boo Williams Elite and spent most of the year recovering from a variety of injuries. The Hampton, Va., based team was then handed to Rodgers to lead and she proved she was more than ready for it.
Rodgers helped lead a very talented club team to championships in all but two tournaments dating back to April. They lost to DFW T-Jack Elite in the Battle of the Best during the spring viewing period and lost to the Tennessee Flight in the finale at Nike Nationals. For a team to lose such a talented leader for much of the year yet still have such a successful summer is testament to Rodgers versatility.
Rodgers' role in years past was to defend her tail off and knock down open shots, this year the ball ran through her constantly. Rodgers showed she was more than a jump shooter with her ball skills showcased frequently at Nike Nationals. Her shiftiness is up there with many of the top guards in the class.
Rodgers got her nickname from her late uncle who passed away two years ago. She doesn't know exactly why he started calling her "Sugar" as a kid but it has stuck and ironically it describes her shooting ability as it is nothing short of sweet.
For Georgetown this commitment and the previous verbal from 6-6 Sydney Wilson gives them a great start on another great recruiting class. Last year Georgetown signed a six player class ranked No. 19 in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Chris Hansen covers girls' high school basketball nationally for ESPN.com and leads the panel that ranks and evaluates players for the network. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ta'Shauna Rodgers commits to Georgetown.