UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Lady Rebels Sign Khayla Rooks


Rooks to play super senior season with the Scarlet & Gray after a four-year career at Washington

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UNLV women’s basketball announced the newest addition to its roster as Khayla Rooks will join the Lady Rebels as a super senior for the 2021-22 season, Head Coach Lindy La Rocque announced on Thursday. Rooks recently finished her fourth year at Washington, and will be taking advantage of the NCAA COVID-19 policies that are allowing an extra year of competition for this season’s players.


“We are really excited about Khayla joining our Lady Rebel program,” said La Rocque. “As a grad transfer, she has four years of valuable experience playing at the highest collegiate level in the Pac-12. I watched Khayla closely over the years when I was an assistant at Stanford and was eager at the opportunity to be able to coach this fantastic young woman. She has an uncanny passing ability to go along with versatility on the perimeter and in the post. Her leadership, basketball IQ, and enthusiasm for playing will fit in seamlessly with our culture and values.”


A 6-1 forward and native of San Marcos, California, Rooks appeared in a total of 110 games over her four years for the Huskies. She started in 29 games, including a career-high 14 in her senior year for Washington, where she also posted career-bests in points (5.4 ppg), rebounds (3.4 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg) per game. For her career, she averaged 4.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and shot 31% from three-point range, including a career-best 36% (18-of-50) as a senior.


Rooks is the daughter of Sean Rooks, a former Arizona standout who then played 12 seasons in the NBA. She played four years for Mission Hills High in San Marcos, where Rooks was ranked as the No. 22 forward in the national by ESPN HoopGurlz while leading the team to four straight San Diego Section titles. Her final two seasons for the Grizzlies, she averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game, and picked up both CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year runner-up and First Team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) honors. She wa


Rooks will be the eighth players to join the Lady Rebels in the fall, along with 2020 fall signees Alyssa Durazo-Frescas (Costa Mesa, California), Alyssa Brown (Tucson, Arizona), Kenadee Winfrey (Canyon, Texas), Kiara Jackson (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Taylin Smith (Beaverton, Oregon), while Essence Booker (Ball State) and Nneka Obiazor (Youngstown State) transferred to UNLV earlier this spring.