Jacksonville Daily Progress
Although one is a 6-foot-1 post player from Fort Worth and the other a 5-foot-8 guard from Ruston, La., there is a great deal of similarity between Jacksonville College's Jasmine Robinson and Chelsea Rogers.
First and foremost both have signed National Letters of Intent to play for Southland Conference (SLC), NCAA, Division I, schools, as Robinson has committed to Sam Houston State University and Rogers to Northwestern (La.) State University.
The parallel doesn't stop there, however.
“Both of these young ladies came here and worked hard in the class room and on the basketball court in hopes that it would all pay off and it did,” former JC head women's basketball coach Lynn Nabi, who is the school's academic dean now, said Wednesday afternoon. “Chelsie (Rogers) leaves here with a 3.8 grade point average and Jasmine (Robinson) has done terrific in the classroom, too. Both of these young ladies stepped up in their sophomore year and really took care of their business.”
Robinson said that Sam Houston's relative close proximity to her home played a big part of her final decision.
“The fact that Sam Houston is close to home made it the best option for me, I felt,” Robinson said.
Robinson was also heavily recruited by Texas Pan American, Jackson State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas and Angelo State.
Rogers gave two reason she for becoming a Lady Demon.
“Northwestern has one of the best nursing programs in Louisiana,” she said. “And when they offered to pay for everything, I couldn't say no to that.”
Sam Houston finished 18-15 and 13-5 in the SLC and tied Oral Roberts for first in the regular-season standings.
Northwestern St. (12-18, 7-11) was eighth in the standings.
Rogers is the eighth player to sign with the Lady Demons for 2013-14, as the team looks to improve its roster.
Robinson and Rogers both stated that their two years at JC turned out to be an ideal avenue for growth and that they each feel that they are better equipped to meet the demands of D-I basketball after being Lady Jags for the past two seasons.
As for their thoughts on becoming rivals now, Robinson had this to say.
“I'm glad I will know someone on one of opposing teams, that's always cool,” she said.
Nabi said that he felt both young women would fit in well at their new schools.
“These two young ladies are two class acts,” he said. “Sam Houston State and Northwestern State are getting two really good players and students. We are very proud of both of them.”