While some aspects of the tourney have been a little different from what Kevin Rogers is used to, overall the Dallas big man says he’s having a great time.
“It’s been real good. I’ve enjoyed playing with the international guys and international rules and stuff. The lane is wider, they’ve got a shot clock. Plus, you can’t call timeouts and you can’t throw alley-oops. It’s weird, but fun.”
The tourney continues through Saturday and then Rogers will have a brief rest before embarking upon the rest of his busy summer schedule. That rest will likely be welcomed by Rogers who is still nursing a broken toe that sidelined him for last month’s NBA Camp in Richmond.
“I missed NBA camp because I broke my toe. It was at a workout. I was lifting weights and running and I slipped and hit my toe on the pole and broke it.”
The toe injury may have caused him to miss action two weeks ago, but Rogers is back on the court and is gearing up for what he hopes will be a good showing at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis next week. After the Nike Event, which runs from July 6th – 10th, Rogers expects to sit down with AAU teammate CJ Miles and trim down his list.
Rogers still hopes to attend the same school as Miles and offered the following list of college candidates this week: Kansas, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Of those nine, Rogers says his top four includes Texas, Arizona, Georgia Tech and the Kansas Jayhawks, who according to Rogers offered him a scholarship after the Boo Williams Invitational in April.
Rogers says he will “definitely” visit Kansas and plans to take his visits during the fall. He also indicated that while no visits have currently been scheduled, his high school coach is in the process of coordinating them for him.
“My high school coach is working on that right now. I’ll take most of them during the school year. I’m then hoping to make my decision right before my senior year of basketball starts.”
Rogers is obviously in no rush to make his decision and in the meantime seems to be genuinely enjoying the recruiting process. His phone has been ringing off the hook with interested coaches on the other end and Rogers says he’s enjoyed hearing what they’ve had to say.
“I’ve been getting calls and calls and calls all day during the open period. I’ve heard from a number of coaches like Coach (Roy) Williams, Coach (Jim) Calhoun, Coach (Paul) Hewitt and Coach (Bill) Self.
“The coaches each explained how I’d fit into their program and what type of program they had. They also said they wanted me to visit. I just really liked all those guys. They all seemed down to earth and very truthful.”
Check back soon for more on the player The Insiders rates as #30 overall in the 2005 class.