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Former Ohio State men’s basketball walk-on earns scholarship

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Alex Rogers, a former walk-on, was put on scholarship for the 2012-13 season, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed Thursday.

“Alex has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for his hard work since arriving at Ohio State last year,” Wallenberg said in an email to The Lantern. “The opportunity for Alex to be a scholarship athlete with the Buckeyes was certainly well deserved.”

Rogers played his first two collegiate seasons at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., before transferring to OSU last year and walking on the team. He did not accumulate any statistics or appear in any games for the Buckeyes.

When former OSU forward Jared Sullinger declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season and guard William Buford graduated, OSU was left with two available scholarships.

The Buckeyes only signed one player – 6-foot-3 guard Amedeo Della Valle – for the 2012 recruiting class, leaving one available scholarship.

OSU went 31-8 last season and lost to Kansas in the Final Four.

The full 2012-13 schedule has not been released, though high-profile contests at Duke Nov. 28 and against Kansas Dec. 22 have already been announced.
 

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