Nov. 14, 2007
New Orleans - Tulane University third-year head men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson announced today the signing of two prep standouts from the state of Texas - Trent Rogers and Kendall Timmons- to national letters-of-intent on the first day of national signing day for high school players.
"We are excited about today's signing of Kendall and Trent," Dickerson said. "Both players are very coachable and will continue to help us build our program and make us one of the best teams in Conference USA. With the signing of Kendall and Trent and our mix of current players, we have secured our backcourt for the next two to three years. Looking ahead, we will focus our efforts on signing quality inside big men to replace seniors David Gomez and Donnavan Stith."
A 6'3" combination guard from Houston's Strake Jesuit High School, Rogers was an all-district choice for head coach Wayne Jones as a junior when he averaged 10 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and shot 59 percent from the field, and led the Crusaders to a 17-11 overall record. He reached double figures in 16 games, including a season high 27 points against Cypress Falls, and finished with 31 three-pointers for the year. An all-district performer, Rogers served as team captain and was named to the Houston Chronicle All-City second team.
As a sophomore, he earned all-district honors and was tabbed as the district Newcomer of the Year. Rogers has played on AAU and BCI championship teams with the Houston Hoops and Houston Heat, respectively
Heading into his senior year, Rogers was named to the Houston Chronicle's All-Greater Houston preseason second team, and was also selected as one of the top players in District 17-5A. He ranks as the 17th-best player in Texas' 2008 Class by TexasHoops.com and is rated as a three start shooting guard and 11th in the state by Rivals.com.
"Trent is a very complete guard and is kind of a `throwback' type player. He's not a true one, two or three guard, but a hardworking guard who is smart enough to play the point in Conference USA and a good enough shooter to play anywhere in guard rotation. We are very excited to have him join our program because he will give us a great guard combination with our current players. Trent comes from a well-coached team with head coach Wayne Jones, who is a former college player, and he is attending a high academic school, so I believe he will make the transition from high school to Tulane quickly," Dickerson said.
Entering his senior campaign, Timmons was named to the Star-Telegram's "Starting Five" and is rated as the 27th-best player in the state of Texas' 2008 class by TexasHoops.com.
"Tulane is getting a steal," Southwest Coach Scott Gray said. "He should have been recruited by every major school in the country because of his athletic ability.
"Kendall is another highly rated player from the state of Texas, who should come here next year and give us instant offense. He is well-schooled on the offensive side of the ball and we are excited about that aspect of his game. He has the ability to be a double-double type player in Conference USA early in his career. Kendall will give us the luxury of playing more of an up-tempo style of defensive system. He will be an exciting player to watch on both ends of the court during his four years," Dickerson said.
"Trent and Kendall are each ranked among the top 30 players in the state of Texas, which is known for producing anywhere from 80-85 Division I players each year and we are excited to have them as a part of our program's future," Dickerson added.
2008-09 Signees Name Pos. Ht. Hometown (High School) Pts. Reb. Other Trent Rogers G 6-3 Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit) 10 3.4 31 3-ptrs Kendall Timmons G 6-5 Fort Worth, Texas (Southwest) 18.2 7.6 3.1 apg, 2.8 spg