— Ty Rodgers (@Ty_rodgers20) November 17, 2021
Rodgers, a Grand Blanc, Mich., native is playing his senior season at Thornton for Tai Streets, who also coached him with Meanstreets on the Nike EYBL circuit. Rodgers averaged 8.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals for Meanstreets this past summer while shooting 54 percent from the field, 33 percent from three-point range and 64 percent from the free throw line.
That solid summer production came after Rodgers led Grand Blanc (Mich.) to the Division I state championship. The Bobcats finished 15-2, and Rodgers, who is the nephew of former Michigan State and NBA star Jason Richardson, averaged 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals for the 2020-21 season.
just a kid from Saginaw, MI… pic.twitter.com/H0p05HsMtQ
Rodgers, who was at State Farm Center last week for Illinois’ 92-53 win against Arkansas State, chose Illinois from a final four that also included Michigan State, Alabama and Memphis. Adding Rodgers to the Class of 2022 with Epps and Harris bumped Illinois up to fourth in the Big Ten and 18th nationally from eighth and 38th, respectively, before his decision.