December 1, 2011

Rogers goes with Dons

Kevin McCarthy

Frank Rogers keeps working his way north. Coming out of Salinas High, he's now a freshman at Cabrillo College (Santa Cruz County) but recently committed to playing on The Hilltop next season.

photo of Frank Rogers

Averaging 14.8 points a game on 65% shooting plus nine rebounds a contest in the early season for the 4-0 Seahawks, the 6-foot-9 Rogers has adapted quickly to junior college hoops and that speedy evolution resulted in a spot on Coach Rex Walters' USF roster beginning the 2012-13 season.

There are a quartet of reasons for his decision.

"They [USF] was recruiting me out of high school, I really liked the coaching staff, the area is nice and the distance from home worked for me," Rogers explained.

The Dons are looking to play him at the four spot the majority of time, with some minutes as a five.

An overriding aptitude Rogers displays is quickly incorporating instruction into his game. Where others need greater time and repetition, Rogers has the knack for speedily integrating tutelage into his repertoire.

"Hearing what I need to do, then a little walk through demonstration of it and I'll soon be doing it, unconscious or not," Rogers said. He credits "playing for [Cabrillo Head] Coach Marcopulos and his attention to detail. It's been great being around coaches who really know what they are doing, who piece it together for you."

Rogers wished to thank his father, his high school coaches, particularly Juan Govea his junior varsity coach, plus Coach Marcopulos and Assistant Coach Rob Hoyt for helping him achieve his accomplishments.

So three years or so from now, does Walters migrate to the Sacramento Kings?