NJ Big Man Prepares For Big Summer Sked

Reporter Mike Sullivan details the game of Albert Rogers who will play for the Westchester Hawks AAU program this summer ...

All successful high school and AAU basketball programs need size to compete effectively and win tournament titles. It's why Albert Rogers, a 6-foot-6 forward from St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, New Jersey is an important weapon this July for head coach Bob Rizzo of the Westchester Hawks.

"He's first of all a great kid," Rizzo said. "Second, he's very athletic. He's an aggressive rebounder and he can hit the 17-fotot jumper."

Rogers is in his second year with the Westchester Hawks. Rizzo has noticed how diversified Rogers' individual game is coming too. "If he continues to work hard and improve his game he could end up being a three, a small forward on the next level," Rizzo said.

The next level for Rogers is division one college basketball. He will play in a very tough league and for a very basketball rich, tradition wise, college program in St. Joe's.

"It's a great fit for A.J.," Rizzo said. "St. Joe's is a great program with a great coach. He will do well there. He should fit in nicely with the program."

Rizzo is hoping that Rogers gives him enough strength inside and rebounds to contend seriously for some AAU tournament titles.

"He comes from a winning high school program like all the kids on our roster," Rizzo said. "He used to winning like all the kids. So we don't expect anything different when we go out on the court every time."

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