Gillette, Wyo.--Showing interest in a high school player could be the difference in that player signing with your team or not. That was the case for Will Rider's latest recruit, Arvada-Clearmont grad Bailey Roebling. Roebling is just another 1A or 2A player that Rider has added to his list of recruits over the last half decade.
Roebling is a 5'8 guard/forward that averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists per game with a 45 percent 3-point success rate. She played every position while at Arvada-Clearmont and was the heart of the team. A-C Head Coach Farrah Patterson said, “ We kind of, the team went with what Bailey was. If Bailey was on, we were rolling, if Bailey was struggling, we were struggling.”
Patterson added about Roebling's versatility.
“She had to bring the ball up. You know, she's posted up. She's played multiple roles for us. She kind of did it all for us, especially her senior year. You know, there were games that she stepped out and, you know, won the games for us.”
Rider wants to have Roebling play one or two positions for the Pronghorns on the inside. “She'll just be learning and sharing places between the [shooting guard and small forward] position,” Rider stated.
With Roebling being so close to Gillette, Rider mentioned that it was easy for him to watch her play for the last few years and see her progress.
“Just watched her play since she was a sophomore and she's a real athletic gal. [She] comes from a small school, but, you know, she's done a lot of things. You know, she can shoot the three, she, you know, posts up pretty well inside. She's a really well-rounded player.”
The interest Rider had in Roebling over the years was a deciding factor in her signing with Gillette College. During her senior year, she was thinking of going to play for Sheridan College.
She mentioned that she didn't even send an application to GC and Rider contacted her. Roebling's visit to Gillette was a good one. “I came down there and checked the college out... I just went down there and [Rider's] a great coach, great guy and I really clicked with the players,” Roebling added.
The offer Gillette put on the table, in addition to the lack of interest from Sheridan College head coach, Frank McCarthy, sealed the deal. Roebling will have a couple chances to show McCarthy what he missed out on and more importantly, what Rider got in her. The Pronghorns will play the Generals a couple times this upcoming season.
As for the Pronghorns team, it now stands at ten players. Six of those players are returning from last year and five of them are from Wyoming.