Stephen Rogers visits USU

Talented small forward Stephen Rogers, a 6-foot-8 sophomore-to-be from Mesa Community College in Arizona, spent the weekend in Logan on an official recruiting visit and came away impressed.

As first reported by the Deseret News, Utah State was the first official visit for Rogers. He told the Deseret News last week he also intended to visit Utah and Wichita State and was also having discussions with UC Santa Barbara, Colorado and New Mexico.

A source close to the USU program said the visit went well, but that Rogers had not yet accepted the scholarship offer to join the Aggies.

“He had a good visit and I think he saw that this would be a really good fit for him,” the source said. “We really like him and think he could be a great addition to our team. We’ll have to wait and see what he decides.”

Rogers told the Deseret News Monday he had a good visit in Logan and will make a decision on which school he signs with in the next couple of weeks.

The visit, Rogers said, included a tour of the campus, the Spectrum and locker rooms as well as USU athletic training and academic and study complex.

He played in a series of pickup games with USU players.

I’ll have more of my interview with Rogers in the next blog entry.

Rogers is not the average junior college transfer, though. After returning from an LDS mission to Ohio, the Mountain View High School product signed with Arizona State where he redshirted his first year with the Sun Devils. Following the 2008-09 season, he left ASU and enrolled at Mesa CC for the 2009-10 season.

A stellar freshman season ended as Rogers was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference player of the year. He was the only ACCAC player finishing the season in the top 30 in five statistical categories, and was top 10 in three. He finished the year second in scoring (21.3 ppg), fourth in free-throw percentage (81 percent), and fifth in 3-point shooting (42.7 percent) making 85 of 199 attempts. He also grabbed 5.3 rebounds and shot 49.9 percent over all from the floor.

Aggie fans might be encouraged by the visit if Rogers’ Facebook status updates are any indication.

“How do I say no to this?!?!” was his entry while posting a Youtube video showing the USU crowd celebrating a win.

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