Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Recruiting - falling like a rock

Well, we have documented here the twisting road that is hoops recruiting, including the news of Kevin Rogers and Chris Douglas-Roberts being dropped by GT. Both guys are touched on in this article by Gregg Doyel at CBSSportsline.com

Once one of the most coveted inside players in the class of 2005, Dallas power forward Kevin Rogers' stock has plummeted over the past month.

A number of major basketball programs have dropped Rogers from their list of recruiting targets: Kansas, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Texas, to name four.

The 6-foot-8 Rogers now is considering B-list Texas basketball programs such as Baylor and Texas A&M -- not bad options, but a dropoff from the schools once in the hunt. His fall can be attributed to two things: One, the proposed package deal of Rogers and 6-6 wing C.J. Miles (a deal proposed mostly by Rogers) was ruled out by elite programs. Two, schools wonder if Rogers is mature enough to make the jump to a Top 25 program.

Another big-name prospect from the Class of 2005 also has taken a tumble, though for a different reason. Chris Douglas-Roberts, a 6-5 wing from Detroit, recently was forced out of Detroit's Cass Tech High because his grade-point average had slipped below that school's 2.5 minimum. He transferred to nearby Northwestern High, where his eligibility for the upcoming season has been debated.

In the meantime, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Kansas have backed off. Still, Douglas-Roberts is being pursued by Arizona, Memphis and Miami.
There is more from Doyel on recruiting as well.