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Rogers’ Hannold signs with Centralia College basketball program

Rogers High boys basketball player Braden Hannold has always been a smooth shooter for the Rams.

After setting career highs in points per game (17.0) and steals (2.0) during a senior season where he was named to the 4A SPSL South first team, Hannold signed his letter with Centralia College last week.

I always wanted to play basketball in college, and I feel blessed to get that opportunity.

Braden Hannold

“I always wanted to play basketball in college, and I feel blessed to get that opportunity,” Hannold said.

Each year Hannold improved his game on the court. Known as a true shooter entering the Rams program as a sophomore, the senior decided to expand his game each offseason. By the end of his prep career, the 6-foot-3 wing had amassed 679 career points — 334 of that total coming last season.

“I think when they moved me outside to the wing, I was able to expand my game a little. I was also able to create my own shots more, and come off the screen for a better shot,” Hannold said.

I think when they moved me outside to the wing, I was able to expand my game a little. I was also able to create my own shots more, and come off the screen for a better shot.

Hannold on move to wing

Never afraid to shoot from the outside, Hannold set the single-game record for 3-point shots made (6) last season, while accumulating 55 3-pointers on the season (4th best single season in school history).

Now, with Centralia square in Hannold’s sights, he sees there’s more beyond the just the Trailblazer men’s basketball team.

There’s still so much more he wants to achieve.

“I’m really happy in signing with Centralia because I really feel they are the best program to help me develop my skillset,” Hannold said. “They can help me develop enough to move on to a four-year school afterward.”

But before he gets years ahead of himself, it’s about the Trailblazers first. The future will take care of itself.

It just all starts with Hannold.

“I’m ready to put in the work,” Hannold said.

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