“David Laury has a chance to be the real deal,” Rodgers said. Two years ago, the team featured Kenneth Faried, who last year averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds as a freshman in 20 minutes a game at Morehead State. Rodgers, 65, will serve as Director of Operations and Athletic Director, while the coaching will be handled by Donald McCombs, Vincent Robinson and Frantz Pierre Louis. Rodgers said he has already lined up numerous games, including a pair of contests against Kevin Boyle’s St. Patrick of Elizabeth team. He said he also hopes to play Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony squad, the defending Tournament of Champions winner, and Dan Hurley’s St. Benedict’s team, which finished No. 2 in the national polls last year behind St. Anthony.
Muhammad said he’s been thinking of launching a prep program for a couple of years and this seemed like the right time. “We’re putting players together, there’s been a lot of interest,” Rodgers said. “We’re still entertaining the possibility of other players.” BERGERON TO BLAIR CHRISTIAN In other prep school news, the Philly Inquirer reports that former American Christian coach Tony Bergeron is going to Blair (Pa.) Christian and taking junior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones and freshman guard Achraf Yacoubou with him.