Virginia coach Tony Bennett has given senior guard Thomas Rogers a scholarship.
Bennett informed Rogers yesterday in front of the entire team, right after the annual softball game between the players and the coaches.
With the departures of Paul Jesperson and Taylor Barnette, Bennett had extra scholarships for this season that weren't going to be used.
Since Rogers is a senior, his scholarship will be available for use next season.
Virginia now has 12 players on scholarship (the NCAA limit is 13).
Rewarding a walk-on is nothing new for Bennett. Last season, he put Doug Browman on scholarship for the second semester.
Rogers, a 6-foot-6 wing from Farmville, Va. who played at Fork Union Military Academy, has played in 23 career games for Virginia (all in mop-up duty). He's still looking to score his first college point. He's 0-15 from the field and 0-2 from the free-throw line in his career.
At the end of several games last season, it was obvious how badly Rogers' teammates wanted him to score his first points.
Maybe it will happen this season?
My fearless prediction: Rogers will drain a 3-pointer in Virginia's home game against Liberty on Nov. 23.
What's your prediction?
When will Rogers break the ice?
Please send me your guesses. Readers who predict the correct game and how Rogers' points will come (3-pointer, 2-pointer or free throws) will receive an autographed 8x10 glossy photo of DP sportswriter Jerry Ratcliffe.