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Dec. 8, 2014

Michigan natives sign with Vikings

By Dan Levindofske

The Cleveland State University men’s basketball team has landed star recruit Jeron Rogers. Rogers announced that he would be attending Cleveland State on Twitter Nov. 14 and has officially signed his Letter of Intent (LOI) to play for the Vikings.

Rogers, a 6-foot-7-inch small forward, is rated as the No. 6 overall prospect and the top small forward in Michigan’s 2015 class by Prep Hoops Michigan. He is currently ranked No. 48 at his position and No. 6 in his state by ESPN, with an overall scout grade of 77 out of 100.

During his senior year at North Farmington High School, Rogers averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. He garnered third-team all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press, first-team All-Metro North accolades, as well as a third-team selection to the MLive Detroit Dream Team, all in his last campaign.

Rogers was a varsity contributor for North Farmington all four years of his high school career, earning first-team all league honors as a sophomore and a junior. He also led his team to a district title during his junior season.

Cleveland State men’s basketball head coach Gary Waters is excited about adding another wing player to the team.

“I am very excited about the signing of Jeron,” Waters said in a press release. “We have been looking for a wing player with the ability to score and take a game over and believe that we have found that person to help take this program to the next level.”

The ESPN scouting report on Rogers states that he is strong and physical for his size and age and that he runs the floor very well and can finish on fast breaks for easy buckets. Prep Hoops Michigan said he has a balanced game, high basketball IQ and good athleticism.

Todd Negoshian, Rogers’ high school coach, thinks that Cleveland State is a perfect fit for Rogers and that he can help the Vikings program for the next several years.

“I think it’s a great fit for him,” Negoshian told Prep Hoops Michigan. “He has a chance to play immediately and be an impact player for three years. Gary [Waters] and Larry [DeSimpelare] have a history of not only developing great players but turning out great men as well.”

Rogers joined Jibri Blount, son of NFL Hall of Famer Mel Blount, of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Robert Edwards, of Detroit Cass Tech, as recruits of the class of 2015 who signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play at Cleveland State. All three signed NLI’s two weeks ago.

Rogers is the son of former NBA player Carlos Rogers. He also had scholarship offers from Tennessee State, Buffalo, Toledo, Oakland and Detroit universities.