Sabino Basketball Standout Kiya Dorroh Chooses Missouri

Kiya Dorroh at McKale Center during the MLK Classic in January. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

The college recruitment of Kiya Dorroh began in elementary school when her older sister Brianna Pitre played at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley after a successful career at Sabino herself. The Vaqueros became the first in a long list of Division I schools to offer the future all-state performer and state champion and it all culminated with Dorroh’s commitment to play for Missouri on Saturday.

Dorroh received that first offer in sixth grade and she quickly collected more attention and University of Arizona coach Adia Barnes offered her a spot with the Wildcats before Dorroh stepped on the court to play for Tanque Verde. Dorroh transferred from Tanque Verde to Sabino after her freshman year and the offers kept pouring in. It was the kind of interest only former Marana standout Jamee Swan experienced before choosing Colorado over Arizona in 2012.

Dorroh cut her two dozen or so offers down to five this past November with North Carolina, Texas, Vanderbilt, Nebraska and Missouri making the cut.

“We are happy this long recruiting process has come to an end with the right fit for Kiya,” her mother Kristin Dorroh said. “We all love their coaching staff and feel good about how she will fit in there. We have met some amazing coaches and visited some very impressive programs here locally and across the country but in the end you must follow your heart. We are ridiculously proud of Kiya and her maturity in the whole process. She’s going to be an amazing player and teammate at Mizzou!”

Sabino went on to finish 28-4 and the team captured the 3A state championship over Page two weeks ago. Only a junior, and with most of her Sabercat teammates returning, Sabino is expected to make a run for another title in her senior year.

Dorroh averaged 15.9 points a game in the regular season last year to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.4 blocks an outing. Dorroh scored nine points in the state championship while pulling down 15 rebounds. Dorroh earned MaxPreps All-State status on March 4.

The early signing date for D-I basketball is typically during the third week of Nov.

NOTE: Former Palo Verde standout Darian Saunders was also part of that 2012 recruiting class that included Swan. Saunders went on to play for Missouri.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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