Oklahoma basketball: Sooners lure top women’s player from Jayhawk state

Excitement has steadily been building for 2017-18 Oklahoma basketball on the men’s side, but OU women’s coach Sherri Coale has been building for the future, as well.

Taylor Robertson, a senior this fall at McPherson High School in Kansas, was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state, has committed to play basketball at Oklahoma.

As a high school junior, Robertson shot lights out at McPherson last season. She set new school records, averaging 24.3 a game on 582 total points, including a blistering 61.9 percent from the field and better than 90 percent at the free-throw stripe.

The 5-foot, 7-inch guard was just as deadly from long range her junior season, draining 57 percent of her shots from behind the three-point arc.

Coale discovered Robertson while she was playing summer ball with the AAU team Kansas United. The Kansas high school star plays the point-guard position for her high school team, but the Sooner coaches envision utilizing her tremendous shooting skills playing off the ball at OU.

Robertson told Wichita Eagle staff writer Taylor Eldridge, in an article reprinted in the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, “I really like the coaches a lot, and I really liked that OU has a rich tradition on its women’s team.

“I’m still trying to work on a little bit of everything, because I think I can always get better,” she said. “I’m probably going to be working on my shooting range and being quicker on defense.”

If Robertson’s senior season is anything like her junior high school year, the Sooners could be looking at a big-time contributor by the time the 2018-19 season college basketball rolls around.