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A flash of white and blue hovers above the air, rises above an unsuspecting defender and launches a ball over an ineffective defensive plan once again as the net splashes seconds later.
The heralded Cougars possess an offensive void from the departure of the national sensation, Jimmer Fredette, a being who confused opponents with his undeniably deep range and deceptive speed, leaving a wake of destruction.
His compelling scoring average of 28.9 points per game over 37 games and adoration for the long ball, raising on a dime and launching the ball into the net with ease, created the opportunity to exceed such point totals of 40 or more on the biggest stages.
The weight of a community and world filled with expectations and opinions wore and strangled Fredette during his senior campaign. Hope and success began to leave the crowded Marriott Center, but a hidden flash of greatness shimmered with a deep ball from the wing or a tough rebound leading to an easy score.
Stephen Rogers is a skilled 6'8" forward who is prepared to encompass each facet in being a serious scoring threat and leader. This upcoming forward was an outstanding offensive player at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College before transferring to BYU, where he averaged 4.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 10.2 minutes last season.
Rogers, who began his college career at Arizona State, averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in his lone season at Mesa. He also made 85 three-pointers and shot 42.7 percent from beyond the arc that season.
Be prepared to experience Rogers exploding in a weak conference permeating with untalented and inexperienced players with his length and high-level skill set.