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Stephen Rogers’ career cut short due to knee problems

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For the second time during the offseason, BYU has seen a player get forced into retirement due to recurring injuries.

Last month, it was Chris Collinsworth. And today, as Cougar head coach Dave Rose announced, it was Stephen Rogers.

“I feel terrible for Stephen and his family,” Rose said in a statement. “He worked hard all offseason with hopes of returning to practice and helping our team this season. Stephen has had a major impact on the success of our teams the last couple years and he will be missed.”

“I’ve enjoyed my experience at BYU and I’m extremely grateful for all the support from family, friends and the fans,” Rogers said in the statement. “I look forward to supporting the team this season and doing what I can from the sidelines.”

Rogers chipped in 4.1 points and 2.2 boards as a member of Jimmer’s supporting cast in 2010-2011. Last season, he averaged 9.9 points and hit 15 threes in the first 10 games before tearing his meniscus. This will create a bit of a problem for Rose up front, as he doesn’t have much in the way of proven ability joining Brandon Davies on the front line. Look for Nate Austin’s role to become even more important now.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

VIDEO: UNLV’s Derrick Jones with more ridiculous dunks

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UNLV freshman Derrick Jones is probably the best dunker in college basketball and he took flight a few times on Tuesday afternoon at the Maui Invitational.

The Runnin’ Rebels trailed host school Chaminade at the half before rallying for a win and Jones had a couple of highlight-reel plays in the win.

VIDEO: UMass Lowell game delayed by shattered backboard

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UMass Lowell’s game with Wheelock College was delayed for a little over an hour on Tuesday afternoon after a dunk attempt from Dontavius Smith broke the backboard.

The game resumed and UMass Lowell won 104-76. Here’s the video of Smith shattering the glass after he took flight. Smith finished the game with 14 points.