Kevin Rogers: Impressions Made

It's been a week now since Bill Self and Tim Jankovich paid Kevin Rogers a visit.  The 6-9, 220 pound talent from Dallas still remembers it fondly.

“It went real well.  I liked the presentation they came with.  They said I had the opportunity to play as a freshman. I already like Kansas a lot and then they came in and did a real good job.”

It appears the Jayhawks made quite an impression with Kevin Rogers, but so too has North Carolina, Texas and Arizona.

“I’ve also had visits from Lute Olson, Roy Williams and Rick Barnes and they were all nice.  Coach Williams was real cool.  He was real laid back and he just basically laid it out for me.  He brought in a roster sheet and laid it out, showing me the guys who were leaving that are playing my position.”

Williams’ presentation was similar to Olson’s and Barnes’ as well.

“They all laid it out like that for me.  They all basically did the same thing.  Coach Olson told me he wanted me to come in and be an impact player.  Coach Barnes did too.”

Rogers is also considering Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia Tech and Louisville.  While he won’t list any leaders right now, he’s sure he’ll visit Kansas.

“I’ll visit Kansas. (Coach Self) said he would definitely love to have me up and that will definitely be one of the schools I’ll be visiting.  As for others, I’d say North Carolina and Arizona for sure.”

As for which schools have recruited him the hardest to this point, Rogers also has a list of three:

“I’d say it could be Texas, Arizona and Kansas that recruited me the hardest.  Right now I’m just sitting back and listening to what everybody has to say and then I’ll start checking schools out in the fall.”

After visiting his top choices, Rogers intends to decide on a school and sign a letter of intent this coming fall.  That decision will be based on several things.

“What I’m looking for is a good coaching staff, nice facilities, a strong academic program and real good coaches, teammates and people.”

Academics are important to Rogers because he hopes to pursue a degree in accounting, something he’s been interested in for several years.  He also is excited to see how he’ll fit in at the next level.  He’s already a big body at 6-9, 220 but a good jump shot has many telling him he could play both inside and out.

“A lot of schools want me to play out on the perimeter and still be able to bang on the blocks as well.  That’s what I was wanting to play in college so I’m glad it’s working out that way.  Coach Self said he’ll need me to come in and be a perimeter four.”

If Rogers does, indeed, spend some of his college career outside the paint, he’ll be a sight to see.  His frame is already impressive, but doctors tell him he’s not done growing.

“They said I’ve got a good 2 inches left to grow.”

More height and muscle could really make this four-star prospect one of the biggest stars in Texas, literally.  But will Rogers be able to leave the lone star state when it comes time to play college ball? 

“Location is somewhat of a factor, because I’m real close with my family.  My mom said that if it’s the best thing for me to do then she’s cool with me leaving.”

The thought of leaving home is still a ways away and in the meantime Rogers just wants to focus on getting better and helping his AAU team win.  Rogers plays for “Team Texas” and is very excited about his squad.

“We’re shaping up real well, I’m loving it. I’m playing with Calvin Miles from the Dallas Skyline and I think we’re going to be really good.”

When Rogers isn’t balling it up with Team Texas or working out on his own, he’s likely to be found hanging out with friends, playing video games or watching his favorite NBA team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

As of early Friday, Rogers’ T-Wolves trail Sacramento 1-0 in their best of seven series.  Rogers is still confident in his team though.

“They’ll comeback once (Latrell) Sprewell stops playing scared.”

Stay tuned for more on this 6-9 PF out of Dallas.


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