Satterthwaite a powerful post presence

Boys basketball: Rogers center making most of his senior season after missing his junior year due to a back injury

of the HeraldJanuary 1, 2014 

Rogers High School center Zaequan Satterthwaite (55) battles with Emerald Ridge senior Goy Mal for an offensive rebound during a game earlier this year. Satterthwaite had a herniated disc in his back and missed last season.

KENT NEWMAN/HERALD FILE PHOTO

All Rogers High School boys basketball player Zaequan Satterthwaite could do last year was watch from the sidelines as his team finished with an abysmal 2-18 record.

The losses ate away at Satterthwaite, who missed the entire season with a herniated disc in his back.

“It was horrible,” he said. “Everything just fell apart. We want to make the playoffs. Our main goal is to just prove people wrong and show them that we’re not a 2-18 team anymore.”

The Rams (2-4) haven’t started this season as strongly as they would’ve liked, but they’re optimistic about their chances of reaching the postseason. Having the 6-foot-7 Satterthwaite in the post gives them a viable reason to remain positive.

Satterthwaite is averaging 12.4 points per game and has scored in double figures in four of his team’s six games.

Rogers head coach Rico Ancheta is glad Satterthwaite is back.

“He obviously gives us an inside presence,” Ancheta said. “We’re working really hard to take advantage of that. He’s playing as well as he’s ever played right now. I’m happy for him. I know it’s going to benefit our team as well.”

Satterthwaite credits physical therapy for his health this season. He said he went through rigorous sessions from November 2012 through last April.

“My back is 100 percent right now,” he said. “South Hill Physical Therapy really helped me a lot. I was there four days a week for five or six months. It was constant work, and it paid off.”

Satterthwaite enjoys everything that goes along with playing in the paint.

“I keep myself calm at all times and don’t let anyone get in my head or push me around,” he said. “I just stand my ground and know everything will be all right.

“My favorite move is probably my drop step,” he added. “My teammates do a good job of getting me the ball and working hard. I just try to do the best I can and finish everything they give me.”

Satterthwaite said he enjoys playing for his coaches and his team.

“They work with me, have been with me through my injury and have always supported me 100 percent,” he said.

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