Former Colleyville Heritage star guard bringing talents back home

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Former Colleyville Heritage standout point guard Alexia Standish thought her basketball career was over when she left the Texas A&M women’s basketball team last December.

Injuries and the A&M program, which she said just wasn’t the fit she first thought it would be, waned Standish’s interest in continuing the sport.

However, Standish’s high school coach, Dianna Sager, knew it wasn’t the end.

“There is no question in my mind that she wanted to come back to the area,” Sager said. “I felt very confident she would come back this way.”

From the moment Standish left A&M’s team, Sager’s phone rang off the hook. College coaches around the country wanted to know if they could nab the 5-foot-8 point guard who was ranked the No. 30 recruit in the nation in the class of 2011.

“There’s no question if she wanted to play again, she could,” Sager said.

That’s when Standish’s father posed an idea. Why not come back home and play just miles from where she grew up? TCU had recruited Standish out of high school and was very interested in adding the hometown athlete to their roster. It also helped that Standish’s boyfriend took a job in the area as well, she said.

“I wasn’t really playing basketball again until I found my boyfriend was going to be working here and my family is here and I missed them, so my dad threw that option out there and I thought about it and I thought it would be a good option to be close to my family and friends and get to play basketball again,” she said.

So, on May 29, Standish officially became a member of the Horned Frog women’s basketball team.

TCU picked up an accomplished collegiate athlete who played in 34 games her freshman year for the Aggies, starting in 21. She led the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.7 percent, earning a spot on the 2012 Big 12 All-Freshman team.

She averaged 5.8 points per game that season, but led the Aggies in scoring in the final six games of the season, averaging 12.8 points per game.

Standish played just five games her sophomore season before leaving the team.

TCU’s move to the Big 12 was huge in Standish’s decision to transfer to TCU, which Sager said she believes was another reason Standish left the team at A&M.

“I think that’s the other thing, after she verbaled, A&M left the Big 12 and went into the SEC and then TCU came into the Big 12,” Sager said. “The opportunity to play in front of her family at several different schools in Texas – A&M doesn’t play anyone in Texas anymore in the SEC. I think the conference change was also a big reason for her wanting to play at TCU.”

As of now, Standish will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility left, she said.

Her scoring touch is what TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said makes her a valuable addition to his squad.

“One thing I’ve always liked is guards that can score and I’ve liked point guards that can not only distribute but score the basketball,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good group of those, so I think she’ll fit in perfectly at the guard spot for us.”

Standish will play both point and shooting guard for the Horned Frogs, rotating at the point with rising sophomore Zahna Medley.

Either way, Sager said her presence on the court alone is a huge bonus for TCU.

“I think she makes everyone around her better because of the position that she plays,” Sager said. “She’s a hard-working kid. She’s always the last one to leave the gym and first one in. As a young kid freshman and sophomore year, I couldn’t open the gym enough for her to shoot. Her work ethic is normally what people gravitate towards because she makes other people on the team want to work harder.”

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