Alabama basketball lands junior college All-American James Rojas

Forward helped lead Hutchinson CC to NJCAA championship game last season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama announced the signing of 6-8, 215-pound forward James Rojas on Tuesday.

Rojas was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) first-team All-American.

"I’ve known James since his early high school years and have developed a great relationship with him and his mother," Alabama coach Nate Oats said In a statement. "He’s exactly what we’ve been looking for in a player starting with the fact that he’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen. He’s the ultimate competitor and cares about the team winning first and foremost. He plays with a chip on his shoulder determined to prove he can play with anyone in the country and despite having achieved a great deal the last two years, I know James will still be playing with same chip on his shoulder.

“Experienced, tough, competitive and skilled players are who you win with in today’s game. His loyalty, drive, and humility fit our culture we’re building here at Alabama. James embodies all those qualities and we’re ecstatic to welcome him into our program."

Rojas is the sixth signee and second transfer who will suit up for the Crimson Tide basketball team for the 2019-20 season.

Rojas, who originally committed to Oats while he was at Buffalo, was Hutchinson's leading scorer and the Jayhawk Conference's third-leading scorer at 19.0 points per game. He also had 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game.

The Jamestown, N.Y., native finished the season shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from 3-point range, knocking down 28 (28-of-73). He was also a 79.5 percent free-throw shooter.

Hutchinson reached its seventh-straight Region VI Tournament championship game. Rojas scored a career-high 30 points in a Region VI Tournament double-overtime victory over No. 3 Coffeyville to reach the finals.

Despite losing in the championship game, he led the team with 29 points and 11 rebounds to close the season with 16 games of 20 points or more and three double-doubles.​