Rodgers glad to be a Cat

Chris Rodgers, Arizona's first basketball commitment for next year's recruiting class, is glad to have made the early decision to attend the University of Arizona.

"It was very important to me," Rodgers said of his early decision. "It takes a lot of the pressure off me. I don't have to worry about where I'm going or who's watching me. It will help me concentrate on playing this summer."

Rodgers is a 6-3 combo guard out of Portland who sees himself as a smaller version of NBA stars Kobe Bryant and Penny Hardaway.

I'm not as big," confesses Rodgers. "Kobe is a great defender, plus he can penetrate. Both of those guys are big and can post up. I'm working on my post up moves."

Although he is still trying to improve his mid-range jumper, Rodgers is confident in his skills, and thinks he will be able to make a smooth transition from high school to the Pac-10.

"I'm confident in my ability to defend. I can penetrate and distribute. I get the ball to the open guy. I'm confident in my overall game."

Despite the abundance of confidence, Rodgers is realistic about what awaits him at the next level.

"There's a big difference between high school and college," Rodgers notes. "In high school it's easy to get to the basket. It's not that hard to dunk over a guy who is 6'5" or 6'6". It'll definitely be an adjustment going against guys who are 7'0", 250."

Rodgers feels like growing up in Portland has help shape his game.

"Portland is definitely underrated, there are a lot of competitive players," Rodgers said. "All of the good talent really helped me develop. Playing against guys like Aaron Mils and Michael Lee really helped."

Although he hails from Oregon, Rodgers grew up with an eye on the Wildcats.

"I never was an Oregon fan. I really liked Arizona growing up. I like how they let the guards take over games. I liked watching their guards, Miles Simon and Mike Bibby, those guys."

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