It required patience, but Alaska big-game hunting paid off for Mike Bradbury.
Six weeks after making an official visit to Albuquerque, Alaskan Azaria Robinson verbally committed to Bradbury’s University of New Mexico women’s basketball team late Friday night. Robinson is a 6-foot-2 senior post at Anchorage High School.
Robinson averaged 18.2 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks last season and is rated as a top-100 prospect by multiple national scouting services. She was recruited by more than 30 schools but said during her August trip to Albuquerque that UNM, Gonzaga and Nevada were her final three.
After weeks of deliberation, Robinson announced her decision via Twitter, along with a photo of herself in a Lobos jersey.
UNM assistant coach Bill Ferrara later posted photos of himself and head coach Bradbury during a recruiting trip to Alaska. Bradbury was flanked by a bull moose behind a retaining fence in one photo.
Robinson projects as a power forward at the collegiate level and said during her UNM visit that she prefers an up-tempo playing style. The Lobos are in the market for a post with Jaisa Nunn, Nike McClure and Erica Moore all entering their senior seasons.
Bradbury confirmed that UNM is recruiting Robinson but NCAA rules prohibit coaches from otherwise commenting on unsigned recruits.
Robinson is the fourth and likely final member of UNM’s 2019 recruiting class. She joins forward Autumn Watts from Highlands Ranch, Colo., point guard Corina Carter from San Antonio, Texas, and shooting guard Andriana Avent from Sacramento, Calif. Carter is listed as the No. 54 recruit in her class according to Prospects Nation, which ranks Robinson at No. 98.
The Lobos have four eligible seniors on this season’s roster (Nunn, McClure, Moore and guard/forward Emily Lines).
Prep basketball players can sign national letters of intent from Nov. 14-21. Scouting services typically release national recruiting class rankings shortly thereafter. UNM’s 2018 recruiting class was ranked 15th and 19th, respectively, by ESPN/Hoopgirls and Preferred Athlete Scouting Service.