BYFIELD — Ellsworth Rogers serves several roles for the Triton Vikings basketball team: the vocal leader and captain, an interior presence in the paint, a practice tone-setter and a not-so-little “secret.”
“Since I have met him, he has always had a way about him,” head coach David Clay said.
What sets Rogers apart from your typical high school basketball player is the unique combination of these roles he possesses and the way in which he is able to serve them all simultaneously.
Rogers’ leadership qualities and his work ethic are just two aspects of his makeup that allow him to be a valuable commodity in-season and off-season, in practices and games.
“I’m just vocal with everyone,” Rogers said. “If they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, I’ll call them out on it. At the same time, if they’re doing something right, I’ll give them credit.”
Rogers undoubtedly leads directly, but it is his indirect leadership that is perhaps most valuable. Over time, his work ethic has become contagious and has set the bar at a level that Clay finds satisfying.
“He is a big vocal leader for our team and in the off-season he is very instrumental for us by getting kids to events and to morning workouts,” Clay said. “In the off-season, he lifts four or five days a week.”
A football player for Triton as well, Rogers benefits from strict weight training regimens that have helped him both on the gridiron and the hardwood.
“At the summer workouts for football, we would do a lot of sled stuff and pulling tires that helped me explode more and be more balanced,” Rogers said. “I was at Latitude’s Gym in Salisbury in the morning probably three days a week over the summer.”