If you haven’t yet had the privilege of watching Darnell Rogers play basketball, you’re in for a real treat. He’s got all the skills of your typical top recruit, plus one very big difference:
Though Rogers might not fit the mold of a typical elite basketball player, his quickness, ball-handling, passing, defense and shooting more than make up for his lack of height. Rogers is so good that he’s even played for “Team CP3,” an elite AAU team hand-picked by NBA star Chris Paul.
“I’m probably one of [Rogers’] biggest fans,” Paul told CBSSports.com. “I’m not as undersized as he is, but I’m one of the biggest believers that it’s all about your heart, not your size. I brag about him to my teammates all the time.”
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As it turns out, balling despite being undersized is in Rogers’ DNA. His dad, Shawnta Rogers, was a 5-foot-4 star for George Washington University. He was named the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year before enjoying a decade-long career overseas.
Darnell spent the majority of his high school years at Indian Land High School (South Carolina). He became their all-time leading scorer with 1,766 points and was twice named All-Region Player of the Year. He committed to George Washington last fall, but he subsequently decided to take a post-graduate year at Believe Prep Academy and reopen his recruitment. Things are going pretty well for Rogers at Believe Prep. He recently dropped 18 points against powerhouse Oak Hill Academy.
“I’ve really just been working more on my strength so I can’t get posted up by stronger guards. Doing a lot of Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, lifting, Deadlifts,” Rogers recently told EliteMixtapes.com. “Getting stronger and not being able to get pushed around, that’s really my main focus right now.”
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