Jeron (Buddha) Rogers re-enrolled at North Farmington Monday, following two and a half months down in Texas with family. This picture shows Rogers, a top-tier college recruit in the state's junior class, playing stifling defense against Southfield-Lathrup last winter. (Oakland Press file photo)
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BOYS BASKETBALL: North Farmington regains services of Rogers, star forward back in the fold at N. Farmington WITH TOUT VIDEOS
FARMINGTON HILLS – Buddha has returned.
After spending two and a half months down in Texas, Jeron (Buddha) Rogers, one of the state’s best boys basketball players in the Class of 2015, is back with North Farmington and just in time for the opening of practice this week.
Rogers, a 6-foot-7 ˝ forward and two-year starter for the Raiders, flew into Detroit from Houston last Thursday night and moved back in with his dad, Carlos Rogers, the retired NBA center. On Monday, he re-enrolled at North Farmington.
The MHSAA has ruled him eligible immediately.
“I’m glad to be back, I’ve missed everybody around here a lot,” the younger Rogers said. “It just feels right.”
Last season, Rogers was a first-team all-league selection out of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds per night and leading North Farmington to a Class A district championship.
With Rogers back in the fold, the Raiders will contend for a league title in 2014, fighting it out with seven-time defending champ Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, Southfield and Rochester Adams in the hunt for the Red crown.
Besides Rogers, North Farmington has a bevvy of high-energy role players and the fast-rising inside-outside duo of sophomores, Jacob Joubert (combo guard) and Alex Darden (long post presence, college baseball prospect on the hill). Joubert and Darden each started last winter as freshmen on a Raiders club that finished second in the league race, losing a close one to Clarkston on the road in the final week of the regular season for all the marbles.
“I think the guys are more excited about getting their friend back than him returning as their teammate,” North Farmington head coach Todd Negoshian said.
The decision by Rogers to head down to Texas, live with family members near Houston and enroll at Lone Star State-hoops power Bush High School shocked the area cage scene in late August. He had been practicing with North Farmington’s football team prior to his departure.
Even when he exited stage left from Metro Detroit in the summer, Rogers left open the possibility of coming back to North Farmington in the future.
North Farmington’s situation regarding Rogers is eerily similar to what Bloomfield Hills experienced during the offseason, when all-state center Yante Maten, the area’s top post player, left the state with his father for a couple months, intending to transfer, only to return before school got underway.
Both Rogers and Maten (Class of 2014) currently hold multiple Division I college scholarship offers, however neither of them have committed yet