Word Travels for Kevin Rogers

After a strong showing at the Boo Williams tournament last weekend, Kevin Rogers stock has soared. The South Oak Cliff junior has firmly established himself as one of the hottest names in the country.

If you aren't sure how quickly word can travel, just ask Kevin Rogers.

The 6-8 1/2, 220-pound forward had a monster tournament last weekend in Virginia and, despite the fact that college coaches weren't allowed to attend, the calls came in at a furious pace to his high school coach upon his return to Texas.

``It's been real hectic," said the South Oak Cliff (Texas) junior. "Before I was hearing from the assistants, but now I'm talking to the head coaches."

Rogers said that within one 24-hour span, he talked to Florida's Billy Donovan.

Rogers showcased a much-improved game at Boo Williams with Team Texas and nearly held his own against Richard Hendrix, one of the top juniors in the nation.

``That guy is a beast," Rogers said of Hendrix. "He's strong. He's one guy who I played against who deserves to be ranked in the top 10. He's really good and you just can't move him at all."

Rogers, who was extremely active on the glass and also did some work in the paint, gained some fans with his solid play against Hendrix – and in the rest of the tournament.

In addition to his improved play, Rogers also said that Boo Williams was basically his first major event. He played in the Nike Jamboree a year ago and will head to the Nike All-American Camp in July.

``My coach, Wes Grandstaff, had told me I was one of the best players in the country and that I just had to prove it," Rogers added. "I guess I went out there and turned a couple of heads."

Now Rogers, who averaged a modest 13 points and 10 boards in his junior season after barely playing his sophomore year, will try to get a firm grip on the recruiting process.

For now, UConn is the leader with Arizona and Florida also in the mix.

``My freshman year I had a lot of doubters," Rogers said. "They said I couldn't play and I needed to quit. It almost came to that point, but I stuck it out and I'm glad I did."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: The Cats need a big man. Although they'd like a true center, a player of Rodgers talent may be too tempting to pass up. The Cats are hot in Texas and it will be very interesting to see if they can extend their sphere of influence beyond the Houston Hoops.

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