BayRunners sign Rogers, Booth

Ex-GW star joins ex-Terp on 22-player IBL roster

November 04, 1999|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The BayRunners of the International Basketball League signed former George Washington University standout Shawnta Rogers to their training-camp roster yesterday.

Rogers becomes the 22nd player to sign with the team, which opened camp at midnight last night in District Heights. At a news conference, the BayRunners also announced the signing of former Dunbar and Maryland player Keith Booth.

Rogers, who played at Lake Clifton, led the Colonials in scoring with 20.7 points a game as a senior last season. He spent time in the New Jersey Nets' camp during the preseason.

"By me going through preseason, I couldn't showcase myself because of the veterans," Rogers said. "That was frustrating to me."

Point guard Sherman Douglas was one of the veterans, Rogers said, who particularly cut into his playing time.

Rogers, 5 feet 4, 158 pounds, said that after this season he expects to play in the NBA.

"I think I matched up well against [the NBA players]," Rogers said. "It's just that the situation wasn't good at the time. They signed Sherman. Earlier, he wasn't coming. If he wasn't there, I would have been."

Rogers said the BayRunners will give him a chance to get some quality playing time and unite him with his cousin, Kevin Norris, with whom he shared the backcourt at Lake Clifton.

"Playing here is close to home," Rogers said. "It's a new league. I think we'll get a lot of exposure."

Booth spent the previous two seasons with the Chicago Bulls, winning a championship his rookie season. He averaged 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds as a senior at Maryland.

"With our team here and the environment, I feel like I have the opportunity to play," Booth said. "Knowing the players here that they've already signed makes the transition easier than playing somewhere else."

The BayRunners will play their first preseason game next Thursday against Richmond.

(Roster, 7D)

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