Crowley's Rogers inks with McNeese State

CROWLEY – Mercedes Rogers has wowed crowds across the state during her four-year prep basketball career at Crowley High.

However, her days in a CHS uniform came to a premature halt when the Ladies’ were forced to relinquish eight victories during the 2012-13 season due to use of an ineligible player. Those forfeits resulted in Rogers’ team missing the playoffs.

Fortunately, Rogers’ final memories of her last game won’t be limited to a 50-40 victory over Westlake on Feb. 8 in the Ladies’ regular-season finale.

Rogers, a versatile athlete who was attending the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Class AAA State Track & Field meet yesterday at LSU, recently inked a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for coach Brooks Donald Williams and the McNeese State University Cowgirls beginning in the fall.

“I would like to thank coach Williams for giving me this opportunity to further my education and play for the Cowgirls,” said Rogers who averaged a double-double during her senior season at Crowley High. “I’m looking forward to playing for a winning and successful program.”

Rogers will join a team that has posted three straight 20-plus win seasons and, most recently, made it all the way to the championship game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational Tournament.

Rogers is one of three recent signees for the Cowgirls, joining Byrd High School’s Diamond Willis and Sulphur’s Hannah Cupit. Overall, the Cowgirls added eight players to their roster.

“Diamond and Mercedes are both very versatile players,” said Williams. “I am looking forward to adding their length defensively in the full court and in the half court. I am also excited about their force on the boards, which could help us right away.”

Rogers and Willis are both listed as forwards and stand just over 6-foot tall.

“I love the potential these two girls have offensively,” said Williams. “I truly believe that if they buy into our work ethic here at McNeese, they will be very special players for our program.”

Cupit, a 5-foot-7 guard, led the Lady Tors in scoring, rebounding and assists during her senior campaign. She was named the District 3-5A MVP, received All-State honors and played in the LHSAA All-Star game.

Rogers is a 4-time All-District and All-Acadia Parish performer during her career at Crowley High. She averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three blocks per game in her final season under coach Alton Allen.

“I really think McNeese is a good fit for her,” said Allen. “She can contribute to the success McNeese has had. With hard work, she, as well as McNeese, will be pleased by the time her playing career is over with.”

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