The Fairfield men’s basketball program is coming off a season that ended with an appearance in the MAAC championship game.
Mike Rogan, who starred at Saratoga Springs High School before transferring to South Kent School, wants to help deliver similar successes for the Stags’ program that head coach Jay Young leads.
“They have big plans for the future and I want to be a part of that,” Rogan said in a recent interview with The Daily Gazette. “Their coaching staff is awesome. Coach Young is a really good guy. I think he’ll help me reach my potential in basketball.”
Rogan recently announced his commitment to Fairfield. A 6-foot-7, 200-pound perimeter player known for his long-range shooting, Rogan played two varsity seasons at Saratoga Springs and is now in his second year at South Kent, which is in Connecticut.
“With everything going on with recruiting [related to the pandemic], I wanted to do a post-graduate year,” said Rogan, whose first season at South Kent was for his senior year.
Rogan played AAU basketball for the Albany City Rocks, and said Jim Hart — the AAU program’s founder — helped connect him with South Kent and its boys’ basketball head coach Raphael Chillious. Besides Fairfield, the 18-year-old Rogan had scholarship offers from UAlbany, Central Connecticut, Saint Peter’s and Stony Brook, according to his verbalcommits.com recruiting page.
“It’s a relief [to have committed] because that’s a pretty stressful process,” said Rogan, whose older sister Liz was a women’s soccer player at Siena. “Now that I have made a decision about next year, I can really focus on getting better this year and trying to win with my team.”
Rogan said he’d like to study something that’s math-related in college. During his recruitment to Fairfield, Rogan said he grew close with assistant coach Chris Casey, and the teenager took an unofficial visit one weekend with a South Kent coach, and an official visit the next with parents John and Sue to the university’s Connecticut campus before finalizing his commitment to the school.
“We all agreed, that was the spot for me,” Rogan said.