Amelia head basketball coach Craig Mazzaro was very pleased with the transfer of Courtney Rodgers from Anderson High School to the barony for the latter’s senior year.
Recently Rodgers signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to play basketball for the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Cougars, the defending national champions of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
Rodgers plans to major in athletic training or simulation and game development on the Batavia campus.
“I decided to go to Clermont (College) because its close to home, and its cheap, and I get to play basketball,” said Rodgers.
"I'm glad and excited for him because he's going to college," said his dad, Roy Rodgers.
Both parents are pleased with the closeness of the school.
The Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division and Division I regional all-star played his first three years of high school basketball at Anderson High School.
Two senior year basketball games stand out in the cage star's mind as highlights of his one-year career at Amelia High. "The second game against Turpin, Bryce (Couch) and I had five threes apiece and we beat them at their place when they were in first...the first game of the year was a great game. We beat Western Brown at home and shot well."
Rodgers reflected on the important people in his life. "My older brother Jermaine was kind of my coach. He helped me a lot in basketball...I want to thank my parents for sticking with me and letting me play basketball."
"Courtney fits a need for us. We need a good point guard," said Clermont College head coach John Hurley. "We want to recruit local players. We want to do a better job of recruiting this area. There is a lot of talent here."
"Rodgers is one of the best players we've ever had (at Amelia). It was a stroke of luck that he transferred here...He had outstanding penetration and he played good defense, too," said Craig Mazzaro, Amelia High School head boys basketball coach.