The University of Louisville men’s basketball program and head coach Pat Kelsey announced Wednesday the signing of transfer Kobe Rodgers to the 2024-25 roster.

The 6-3 guard rejoins Kelsey after spending his junior season at the College of Charleston. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Nova Southeastern, a private Division II school in Florida. Rodgers intends to redshirt next season after coming off a leg injury.

“Kobe Rodgers has been a winning player at every level,” said Kelsey. “Every championship team has guys with Kobe’s character in its core. He is an incredibly efficient player who contributes to winning on both ends of the floor: a terrific defender with an offensive game that continues to develop. His athleticism jumps off the screen when you watch him. He’s a great student and a fantastic human being.”

Rodgers averaged 21.7 minutes per outing in the 2023-24 season with the Cougars. He scored 9.7 points on average while pulling down 4.6 boards per game. He appeared in 31 contests, starting in 18 of those. The guard shot exactly 50% from the field, logging a 45% clip from beyond the arc.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native recorded 15 games of double-digit scoring, with three games of 20-plus points.

Prior to his time at Charleston, Rodgers played two seasons with the Nova Southeastern Sharks.

In his sophomore season, he started every single game on the way to the team’s DII national title. The Sharks went a perfect 36-0 as Rodgers averaged 13.2 points per game, including a 21-point performance in the national semifinal. He totaled 73 steals with 142 rebounds during the sophomore campaign.

As a freshman, he made 19 starts and appeared in 20 games. He averaged 8.3 points, 2.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 26.3 minutes per game. He shot 42.4% from the field and scored in double figures on nine occasions.

Rodgers competed at Saint Xavier High School in Cincinnati under head coach Mike Noska. He was the runner-up for Mr. Ohio Basketball in additional to an Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. He was First-Team All-State, the District Player of the Year and the Conference Co-Player of the Year.

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