Five-foot point guard Shawnta “Darnell” Rogers — the son of 5-foot former George Washington star Shawnta Rogers — is making a big impression on the prep summer league circuit, and not only for his diminutive stature.
My favorite player in July — Shawnta Rogers Jr. (Son of ex-GW standout). Sub 5-footer, tough as nails: pic.twitter.com/MQsrQETZGC
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 31, 2014
— Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad) July 26, 2014
Rogers averaged more than 25 points per game as a sophomore last season at Indian Land High in Fort Mill, S.C. You’ll find his height listed anywhere from 5-0 to 5-5 depending on where you look, but the bottom line is he’s short, just like his 5-4 dad. (Darnell Rogers’s older brother, Terrell, is 5-8 and played at Delaware before transferring to a junior college in Florida this year.)
“A lot of times, when we play away, they’ll talk stuff, for sure,” Rogers told the Rock Hill Herald of the heckling he receives from opposing fans. “They’ll all be like, ‘you’re the small guy,’ but when I’m on the court, they’ll start giving me some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs.’ I start having a lot of fans from other crowds, and that’s pretty great.”
That sure sounds a lot like his pops, who was impossible not to root for during his career at GW. I still remember Rogers carving up Maryland in the championship game of the 1997 BB&T Classic.
Rogers led George Washington to three NCAA tournament appearances from 1996 1999, holds the school record for career assists and steals and was named the 1999 Atlantic 10 player of the year. The Baltimore native was a sixth-round selection in the 1999 CBA Draft and then enjoyed a decade-long career playing for teams in Europe.