Having height is a significant advantage when it comes to producing on a basketball court, for obvious reasons. It's not common that you see a short statured player dominate in the league, whether it be the NBA or college. Well, UMBC point guard Darnell Rogers has not let his height slow him down. Rogers measures in at 5-foot-2, yet he's arguably been the Retrievers' most valuable player through their first five games of the year.
Rogers struggled in the Retrievers' loss to LSU this week, shooting 3-for-12 from the field. But he's been gaining recognition for his overall body of work this season, which is nothing short of impressive.
The Florida Gulf Coast transfer is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game while logging 30 minutes of run per night. He's shooting 46.2% from the field and owns a 39.3% clip from beyond the arc.
After scarcely featuring as a freshman for Florida Gulf Coast, Rogers transferred to UMBC, but was forced to sit out the 2018-19 season. He's back with a vengeance in 2019-20, and he's put himself on the map due to his heart, height and crafty skillset.
We'll all be pulling for UMBC to make a return to the NCAA Tournament, both for the sake of the team's epic Twitter account and in order to get more glimpses at Rogers running the floor.