New Jersey Big Man Preparing For Senior Year

A report on the summer status of A.J. Rogers who attends St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City ...

While Bob Rizzo's Westchester Hawks' AAU basketball program had a terrific summer in achieving playoff spots in the semifinals of the 17 and under Super Showcase and the final of the 17 and under National AAU event, it was done without several key players.

One of the players was Albert Rogers, an active 6-foot-6 power forward from St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. "A.J. decided to stay home for this event," said Rizzo, speaking about the Super Showcase event held inside the Milk House at the Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

"He has already given a commitment so he wanted to stay home and get some rest and work on his individual game at home," Rizzo added.

Rizzo has praised the individual game of Rogers over the past several months. "He might be able to play the small forward position on the next level," Rizzo believes.

If A.J. is to play the small forward position on the next level, it will be for St. Joe's of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rogers had given a commitment to this very respected basketball program a few months ago.

Previously, we gave our opinion on Rogers' game. You can find this below. Today, we wanted to update you on why there was little news about Rogers from our recent nine-day trip to Florida watching such terrific AAU teams like the Westchester Hawks.

WHAT MIKE SULLIVAN THINKS OF ALBERT ROGERS' INDIVIDUAL GAME: The commitment to St. Joe's is a solid pick and decent fit. Rogers runs the floor well and is agile enough around the basket to score on the bigger bodies. He is also skilled enough to occasionally drop down the medium range jumper. Rogers comes from one of the country's top high school basketball programs. Plus, during the spring and summer tournaments, he has learned and developed under Bob Rizzo and the Westchester Hawks' AAU program. Rogers has gotten used to winning both on the high school level and also with the Hawks. This is a key positive for Rogers and his future.

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