CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:
To check on one of his players. To check on him.
In case you're unaware, the recruiting process has been warming for the Bulldogs' Donte Grantham, a 6-foot-7 senior who has been leading MHS to the No. 1 spot in the latest Class AAA poll.
"Good kid," Rogers said. "Marshall has offered. Radford has offered. And those still looking are West Virginia, Temple, Georgetown, Villanova and Xavier. Clemson and Maryland have both called. [Villanova coach] Jay Wright was at the Mercersburg [Pa.] Academy game."
The MHS coach said a Clemson representative was to visit a practice today.
Grantham's stock rose after the Bulldogs played St. James of Hagerstown, Md. Going against Obi Enechionyia, a highly touted prospect, Grantham matched the standout with 23 points and also had six rebounds, four steals, four 3-point goals, three blocks, three dunks and a pair of assists. Enechionyia is a four-star recruit with offers to Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Villanova, Virginia, VCU and Xavier.
"He's a 6-7 guy who is agile and can put the ball on the floor," Rogers said of Grantham. "He handles the ball well and can shoot a 3. Nice player; good kid. And he has good grades. He's already qualified."
Rogers, meanwhile, was in Morgantown watching a WVU practice not long ago when he started climbing stairs and struggled to breathe. After returning to Martinsburg, he told his wife he needed to visit the hospital. Rogers said the doctors found a pulmonary embolism, blood clots shutting down 90 percent of his lungs. He spent 11 days in the Intensive Care Unit of City Hospital in Martinsburg.
"When you can't breathe, it's scary," Rogers said. "The doctors said I was very lucky. Mostly when they see that, it's in an autopsy."
Rogers said his particular condition is hereditary and he is now on blood thinners.
"Fortunately, I have a second shot," said the coach.
(A bonus tidbit because I like you guys.)