Viera’s Anderson, Hayes sign Division I offers
Having one player from your program sign a Division I scholarship is a pretty big deal.
So imagine the buzz around the Viera High girls basketball team last month when Dee Anderson and Ro Hayes both signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Division I programs.
“A lot of people look at it as like it could never happen, but we just go to show that hard work pays off,” Hayes said. “If you put your mind to it anything can happen.”
Anderson signed with the University of Florida, while Hayes signed with Florida Atlantic.
Both players had multiple offers, and each chose their school for a specific reason.
“I’ve known those coaches (at Florida) for years now,” Anderson said. “They’re family-oriented, which was one of the biggest things on my list, and they play the style that I play. It was just a perfect fit for me.”
The 5-foot-10 Anderson was rated the No. 25 wing player in the country by 2014 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings on ESPNW. She turned down offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Auburn.
Anderson, who has 1,265 career points entering her senior season, is part of the 11th-ranked recruiting class in the country, according to Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Hayes, meanwhile, received her first offer from the University of Miami when she was in eighth grade. She picked FAU over offers from the Hurricanes, Virginia Tech, UCF, FIU and Liberty among others, joining what Olson’s report has rated as the No. 2 recruiting class in Conference USA.
The 5-7 combo guard, who topped 1,000 career points last year, is ranked as the No. 188th player in the nation and No. 40th at her position. She chose FAU because she wants to have a big impact.
“The rest of them were schools known for basketball, and FAU wasn’t, so I felt like I could go to FAU and turn the program around and make everybody want to go there— especially with the recruiting class that’s coming in with me,” Hayes said.
Viera High coach Jamie Risberg couldn’t have been happier for both players.
“It’s bittersweet, because we know we’re coming to the end of the road here,” Risberg said. “It’s nice to have their senior leadership. It’s been great over the years to see them develop and watch them grow. We’re looking forward to seeing what this senior year brings for them.”