Nike: C.J. Miles + Kevin Rogers Spotlight

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's only fitting that C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers ended up on the same Nike Camp team. The Texas duo caused havoc this week for their "North Carolina" camp team at IUPUI. Miles and Rogers are used to playing together, as they also play on the same Team Texas traveling squad.

They are the latest standouts from Dallas, with Miles hailing from Skyline High School and Rogers is from South Oak Cliff High School.

"Everyone usually thinks about football or baseball when it comes to Texas," said Miles, who measured 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds. "We have a lot of people coming up and we are getting the chance to play nationally in basketball."

The duo also could end up playing at the same college. Miles has received offers from North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Kansas and Georgia Tech. Duke rounds out his list, but the Blue Devils haven't offered.

"I'm going to take some visits in the fall and then go from there," Miles said. "I want to know who will be at my position when I get there and their playing style. I want to see how the coaches work a practice.

"I like how North Carolina is conservative but they'll let you go and play too. They get after it and play hard. Coach Roy Williams first started recruiting me during my sophomore year when he was at Kansas."

The 6-7, 223-pound Rogers is interested in all of the same colleges but Duke.

"I want to make a decision before the beginning of my senior basketball season," Rogers said. "I'll be taking the (academic tests) in October. I've already taken the PSAT, so I can take some visits. I know I'm going to visit Kansas, Arizona and Georgia Tech, and they have all offered.

"It's pretty important to play college basketball with C.J. We are pretty good friends and a lot of the schools said they can do a package deal."

The players are starting to feel the recruiting rivalry that several of his colleges have against each other.

"I'll talk to some of the guys going to North Carolina and some of the guys going to Duke, and they are like, 'Oh, don't talk to him,'" Miles said. "It's all in fun. But you can feel how hard they want to beat each other. But it's going to be a hard decision."

"I like UNC's transition game and how they run up and down the court a lot," Rogers said. "Coach Williams thinks that offense suits me best. It helps that Coach Williams has coached other Texas players. I talked to (Kansas') Keith Langford and he said Williams is a real good coach. He loved playing for him."

One thing that is different between them is their style of play.

Miles is more laid back on offense but will flash the talent from time-to-time that has college coaches chasing him. Maybe it's a sharp pass or a nice baseline move and jumper. Sometimes it is battling the offensive boards or showing off his athleticism on the break.

"He is very versatile, real athletic and he can really shoot the basketball," Rogers said. "He's just tough."

Rogers' ability to slither his way with some nice herky-jerky left-handed moves for baskets is his strength. His outside shot is also a weapon, but an area he will need to tighten up in college. He is far from a finished product, it's easy that he has a bright future once all aspects of his game come together and probably has top 20 down the road potential.

"I want to come out of the Nike Camp as a top 20 player," Rogers said. "I've seen that I've been in the 30s, but I want to make the McDonald's All-American game."

Miles will settle into a shooting guard role in college, but Rogers is a natural small forward, though he is used to playing power forward in high school. Team Texas will be playing in the Peach Jam, Main Event in Las Vegas and a tournament in Kansas to finish the month.

"The way we play on Team Texas, Rogers is really good in transition," Miles said. "He is really athletic though he's a bigger guy. He plays like he's 6-3, but he has some great moves in the post."


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