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3/11/2022 3:24 pm  #1

Darnell To the Dance?

Has a chance with UMBC.  25 years old now, still going strong, and as the article notes the shortest scholarship player in D1 History

"It would be accurate to say Darnell was not gifted with his father's size. Shawnta Rogers has some length on Darnell ... at 5-4. Shawnta Rogers also was an unforgettable player to anyone who saw him -- a George Washington Hall of Famer who led the Colonials to three NCAA tournament appearances in the late 1990s, earning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors in 1999 after averaging 20.7 points, 6.8 assists and 3.6 steals. After playing one season in the short-lived International Basketball League, Rogers played 10 seasons in France, Italy and Belgium. Darnell accompanied his dad throughout that journey -- he speaks fluent French -- and Shawnta's career offered proof positive that vertical limitations would never be an acceptable excuse.

"He's not the tallest; we're not the tallest," Shawnta said. "It gave him a sense of believing in himself and never letting doubt get in the way. It made him stronger to see that I was able to do it, so he was able to do it. Regardless of what anybody said."

Last edited by The Dude (3/11/2022 3:35 pm)


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