|12 Casey Rogers
One of the most consistent performers in the league over his first three seasons, he has topped 100 assists and ranked among the SoCon leaders in steals each season ... Voted team captin by teammates and coaches ... Will return to his more natural position as the team’s point guard ... Only needs nine points for 1,000 in his career, entering his senior season with 991 ... Ranks second on the school’s career lists for 3-pointers made (178) and attempted ( 547) ... Also ranks among WCU’s all-time leaders in assists (fifth with 496) and steals (sixth-tied with 142) ... His 496 career assists and 547 career 3-point attempts additionally places him among the SoCon all-time leaders.
2000-01: Ranked sixth in the Southern Conference with a 4.48 overall assist average (139 in 31 games) ... In SoCon action, his average improved to 5.0 assists per game and, in league play, ranked second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.16) ... Also ranked among the league top 10 in steals (sixth, 1.74) and 3-pointers made (eighth-tied, 1.97) ... His 61 3-pointers made was good for 10th on the WCU single-season list ... Played a key role in the season finale upset win over UNC Greensboro ... Scored a game high 18 points versus the Spartans on the strength of 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point land and making both free throw attempts ... Tallieded four straight points for the Cats inside the final two minutes to turn a WCU one-point deficit to a three-point lead over UNC Greensboro ... His two free throws came with 16 seconds left to help seal the victory ... Also played well versus the Spartans at the Southern Conference Championship, scoring 16 points ... Was 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... Scored a season-high 24 points at Vanderbilt ... Had some great assist-to-turnover performances throughout the season, including 5:1 versus Stetson, 5:1 versus ETSU (1/13), 8:3 at College of Charleston, 7:1 versus Georgia Southern, 7:3 at Furman, 8:2 versus Chattanooga and 7:1 versus Wofford ... Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds at The Citadel, playing a career-high 41 minutes in the overtime game ... Had five rebounds and seven assists in a win over Georgia Southern and seven rebounds and five assists the following game in a win over VMI.
1999-2000: Ranked seventh nationally in assists per game with 7.6, tops in the Southern Conference ... His total of 213 assists was good for fourth on the SoCon single-season list and fifth on the school’s list ... Dished out double figure assists five times, including a season-high 12 against UNC Greensboro on January 15 ... Scored a career high 31 points against Columbia in the championship game of the Ameritas Classic ... Named to the Ameritas Classic All-Tournament team ... Knocked down a season-high five three-pointers against Georgia Southern ... Ranked 10th in the league for three-point field goals made with 53, 1.89 per game ... Had the seventh best assist to turnover ratio in the conference, 1.82 ... Registered three double-doubles on the season, including Lees-McRae (10 points, 10 assists), UNC Asheville (17 points, 11 assists) and Chattanooga (14 points, 10 assists) ... Overall, had double-figure assist totals six times and 23 games with at least six assists.
1998-99: Named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, only the second Catamount to earn the award ... Led all SoCon freshmen in scoring ... Finished second in the league overall in assists ... Scored in double figures in 20 of 27 games played ... Ranked 11th in the league in scoring and third in three-point field made per game ... Nailed a career high six three-pointers against Arkansas ... Suffered a broken nose against Georgia Southern causing him to sit out two games ... Recorded a double-double against Newberry with 14 points and 13 assists ... Made four straight free throws in the closing moments against UNC Greensboro to give WCU a one-point victory, 64-63 • Scored a career high 22 points against Wofford in the first round of the conference tournament • Almost recorded a triple-double against Tusculum with 15 point, nine rebounds and nine assists • Led the team in scoring six times.
Prior to WCU: Three-time All-State point guard playing for his father Terry Rogers at Freedom High School ... Led the Patriots to the 1998 North Carolina 4-A state championship ... Averaged 16 points and 10 assists with 101 steals as a senior ... Scored 12 points and dished out three assists in 20 minutes in North Carolina’s East-West All-Star game ... Honorable mention selection on three All-America teams ... Four-time all-conference pick ... Helped the team to a national ranking of 14th ... Averaged 17 points and 10 assists as a junior and 20 points per game as a sophomore ... Three-year letterman in baseball.
Personal: Born Casey Samuel Rogers on October 19, 1979 in Morganton, N.C. ... Son of Terry and Tonya Rogers.