While involved in other sports, Rogers remains dedicated to bettering his craft in basketball.
“Basketball-wise he plays in two to four games every weekend, while taking advantage of open gyms,” Clay said. “He really doesn’t miss a thing. He’s there, and if he’s not, it’s because he’s working. In practice he raises the standard because he works so hard that the other kids want to work better and harder.”
Rogers stands at 6-foot-4 and has the build and strength of an offensive tackle. This isn’t necessarily something rare; for even the NBA teams are quick to draft monster-sized talent to dominate the paint — see Kendrick Perkins or Glen “Big Baby” Davis for example.
What you seldom see are basketball players that size who have the ability — or the permission — to take a shot from beyond the arc. It’s that rarity that makes Rogers’ touch on his shooting from downtown a “little secret.”
“It’s our little secret, because he’s actually a great 3-point shooter,” Clay said. “This spring he was our leading 3-point shooter. He has great touch. As a sophomore he told me he can shoot the three and I didn’t believe him, but in practice he knocked them down and I started giving him the green light. He likes to do stuff silently and without people knowing, but he puts a lot of work into that shot.”
While dominating the paint is how Rogers finds most of his points, the outside shooting has helped to boost his points-per-game average to 11.3, just a half-point off the team lead.
“I just learned I was able to shoot last year,” Rogers said. “I started working on it all off-season and now I work on it all practice. When we do shooting, that’s all I do.”