Darnell Rogers, son of George Washington Hall of Fame guard and 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Shawnta Rogers, has committed to play for the Colonials, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday.
The 5-foot-3 high school senior at Shiloh High School in Georgia visited GW over the weekend and said that head coach Mike Lonergan has been recruiting him for the last four years. His family has maintained close ties with the program.
“My dad is an alum, and I have a family relationship with the coaching staff,” Darnell Rogers told ESPN. “Their starting point guard is leaving when I come in. It’s a great situation for me and I also love D.C.”
The elder Rogers, who stood at 5-foot-4 during his senior season, holds GW program records in assists (634) and steals (310) and is sixth on the all-time points leaderboard in points at 1,701. He earned All-Conference awards in each of his four seasons at GW. GW made the postseason all four of those years from 1995-1999, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. He went on to play professionally in Europe for more than a decade after college.
Darnell Rogers has scored nearly 1,000 points and averaged 27.4 points, five assists and 4.2 steals per game over the past two seasons at Indian Land High School in South Carolina before transferring to Shiloh for his senior season.
He played AAU basketball for team CP3 over the summer with the top-ranked player in the country, Harry Giles.
Rogers joins forward Collin Smith in GW’s class of 2016.