Mugsy Bogues stood at 5-foot-3 and weighed less than 140 pounds when he entered the NBA in 1987. He turned that small frame into a successful 14-year career in the Association.
Obviously an exception to the rule, there has been no one of Bogues’ ilk play at the highest level since he retired from the game in 2001.
Not to put undo pressure on Darnell Rogers of Indian Land High School in South Carolina, but this kid’s talent stands out like a sore thumb. The 5-foot-2 (being generous there) guard has captivated audiences in recent years as he prepares for his final season of high school basketball with scholarship offers in hand.
Rogers name is floating around the basketball circuit after he put up 27.4 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 steals per game as a junior last season. Now the face of Chris Paul’s AAU team, Rogers name is being bandied about as a potential dynamo in the college ranks.
And for good reason:
As it relates to Paul’s impression of Rogers, the Los Angeles Clippers guard had this to say:
“I’m probably one of his biggest fans,” Paul told CBS Sports. “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.”
Paul also told CBS Sports a story of him showing Paul Pierce Rodgers’ tape as the two waited out the entire free-agent drama at DeAndre Jordan’s house this past Wednesday. Pierce came away impressed.
With offers from Towson, Maryland-Eastern Shore and George Washington already in tow, there’s a great chance we will be able to view Rogers’ excellence on the court came the fall of 2016.
Darnell is the son of former University of Washington guard, Shawnta, who carved out a 10-year professional career overseas despite standing at 5-foot-4 himself. The older Rogers was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 1999, going for 20.7 points, 6.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game for George Washington.
Already seen as more talented than his father, Darnell continues to turn heads on the court. I, for one, can’t wait to see him suit up at the college level.