NY SF Rogers Making a Name for Himself

Native New Yorker Vincent Rogers is making a name for himself in the Deep South these days. The very explosive 6-6, 220 pound sophomore small forward from Brooklyn, Rogers is currently enrolled at Community Christian School in Stockbridge, Ga. He transferred into Community Christian after starting at Newton County H.S. in Covington, Ga.

At last weekend's National Elite Athletic Association Tournament in Stockbridge, Ga., Rogers converted a three-point play to give the Knights the lead for good in an 84-81 championship victory over Harmony Christian School of Cincinnati, Ohio. He collected 16 points and nine rebounds in the win.

"He's a tremendous competitor who refuses to lose," Community Christian Head Coach Linzy Davis said. "He's a home run."

Basketball has probably been the least difficult task for the naturally gifted Rogers, who moved to Georgia when he was 12 to live with his mom (his dad remains in New York).

"The problem Vincent had was academics," Davis said. "It also became a factor of discipline. He came under my tutelage and I am a no nonsense type of guy when it comes to academics."

"He's a very intelligent kid, but he needs structure and needs to be pushed," Davis continued. "Here he's received structure and high expectations, and we are not accepting excuses. I think this is the place that will turn his life around."

Rogers clearly has all the tools to be a high major basketball player, and concedes that academics have become as critical to him as a three-point shot.

"If I keep playing with Coach Linzy, I can build my game and broaden my horizons," Rogers said. "The gym is filled with coaches and scouts."

"But I have to focus on the grades first," he continued. "After that, I can be a prime time player."

What sets Rogers apart from other 16 year olds are his athleticism, shooting stroke and desire to do what it takes to win.

"He's definitely a three," Davis said. "He shoots the ball on the outside like Dennis Scott, but he's a better ball handler with a 40 inch vertical."

Division I programs are already taking note of Rogers, who said he likes Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan State and Georgia Tech, among others.

"I am looking at everyone right now," he said. "I am just here to play, not worried about recruiting. Just trying to step my game up so that some of those colleges will recruit me."

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