Mike Becker, mycentraljersey.com, November 14, 2013
In the girls basketball circuit, Gill St. Bernard’s senior Taylor Rooks signed her national letter of intent Wednesday morning to the powerhouse Stanford women’s basketball program, making official a decision she made four weeks ago in turning down offers from fellow finalists Princeton and Harvard as well as UConn.
Rooks, who was born in Princeton but grew up in upstate New York, averaged 27.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per game last year – her second at Gill. The 2013 Courier News Girls Basketball Player of the Year led her team to a 23-5 record, the Somerset County Tournament title and the NJSIAA Non-Public South B final.
“It gives the best of both worlds, academically as well as athletically,” Rooks, who plans to study engineering, said at the time. “They compete (against) a national schedule. They’re No. 1 or No. 2 every year, and they’re expected to do well every year. I feel it has the academic as well as the athletic push that I need.”