2006 Focus: Stephen Rogers

Stephen Rogers has a mission and although he's a Mormon, it doesn't necessarily involve BYU or Utah.

Usually it's a foregone conclusion that all the talented Mormon basketball players are automatically ticketed for either Utah or BYU. Not the case with 6-foot-8, 175-pound rising senior forward Stephen Rogers.

Rogers, who averaged modest numbers of 10 points and six rebounds at Mountain View High (Ariz.) just outside of Phoenix last season, is a versatile face-up power forward who can step out and knock down the perimeter shot.

He's been arguably the biggest surprise for Anthony Ray's Arizona Magic program so far this spring.

``He's long and can really shoot the ball," Ray said. "He has a great feel for the game and also has a good mid-range game. He always takes good shots within the offense and can really get his shot."

Rogers, who plays in the shadows of his younger teammate, 6-8 rising junior Harper Kamp, scored 22 points – including four trifectas – in Mountain View's Class 5A state title victory over Jerryd Bayless and St. Mary's.

Rogers will obviously need to put on some weight before he gets to college, but he'll have a couple of extra years prior to playing college basketball since he intends to go on a two-year Mormon mission after graduating from Mountain View.

The only school really recruiting Rogers prior to April was BYU. Now San Diego, Wyoming, Boston College and Oregon are all involved.

``I'm not saying there's no chance of me going to Utah or BYU, but I'm not set on that," Rogers said. "I'm keeping my options open. If I can't find a different school, I'd go to Utah or BYU."

``I'd like to take a few visits," he added. "There's not really a school in the lead right now."

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