Robinson first Lady Tiger to sign D1 scholarship

Fayetteville High School Lady Tiger standout Za’Naria Robinson signed to continue her education as a student-athlete at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Za’Naria is the first FHS girls’ basketball player to sign a Division I scholarship. Here, she is pictured with her mom, Latonya Thomas; sister, Za’Niyah Thomas; (rear) Head Coach Holly Hoagland and Assistant Coach Cartia Woodard.

It was a big day Friday at Fayetteville High School as Lady Tiger standout Za’Naria Robinson signed to continue her education as a student-athlete at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Za’Naria is the first Fayetteville High School girls’ basketball player to sign a Division I scholarship.

Robinson averaged 10.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game last season as a junior and recorded 12 blocks in a single game, a mark that ranks second in Tennessee high school history. She led the state with the most blocks and the most rebounds last year.

“We are very excited about having Za’Naria come join our program,” said Little Rock Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joe Foley. “She is a long athletic player that can really run the floor. She has the potential to develop into a very good player here, and with her ability to block shots, she will be an inside presence for our team.”

An all-district and all-region tournament selection last year, Robinson enters her senior campaign with 498 career rebounds. She was invited to participate in the “Best of the Best” Showcase in Murfreesboro in September.

“Za’Naria’s natural instinct and ability to block shots with either hand is remarkable. She is a defensive game changer. I expect her to do great things at Little Rock and beyond,” said FHS Lady Tiger Coach Holly Hoagland.