BALTIMORE - UMBC Head Men's Basketball Coach Ryan Odom has announced the signing of junior guard Darnell Rogers for the 2019-20 season.
Rogers comes to UMBC after one season at New Mexico Junior College, where he averaged 14.0 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Thunderbirds. In 2017-18, the Baltimore native attended Florida Gulf Coast University and competed in 20 games for the Eagles.
Rogers was listed at 5-foot-2, 150 lbs. on the 2017-18 FGCU roster and at 5-foot-3 at NMJC. According to the FGCU website, Rogers was "the smallest D-I player in the nation (and)… believed to be the smallest scholarship D-I men's basketball player in NCAA history."
"We are excited about the addition of Darnell Rogers to our family," Odom said. "Darnell is a dynamic point guard who understands how to play and is ultra-competitive. He brings a high basketball IQ, ball handling, shooting, and tenacity on-ball defense. He certainly comes from great bloodlines and, most importantly, he fits the UMBC culture of excellence both on and off the court."
The newest Retriever is the son of Shawnta Rogers, a 5-foot-4 star for George Washington University who was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in 1999 and is a member of the GW Hall of Fame. The elder Rogers attended Baltimore's Lake Clifton High School.
For his high school senior season in 2015-16, Darnell transferred to Shiloh High School in Atlanta from Indian Land High School in South Carolina, where he finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,776 points.