North Farmington duo a mirror image of their famous fathers on the basketball courtBasketball  |
Farmington Hills -- As they follow the action on the hardwood in front of them, a pair of Detroit Public School basketball legends see reflections of themselves.
It’s not difficult for Antoine Joubert and Carlos Rogers to recognize the similarities.
Sitting in the stands at North Farmington boys basketball games, usually side-by-side, they're proud to be cheerleaders for their sons, Jacob Joubert and Jeron Rogers, co-captains of the Raiders.
“I think we both appreciate the hard work our sons have put into the game of basketball, and myself and Carlos both share a true love of the game with them and that comes through in how much joy we take in seeing them succeed,” said Antoine Joubert, who coaches the Oakland Community College men's basketball team.
North Farmington has put together an impressive 12-2 record this season. The Raiders opened the season with a dozen consecutive wins.
The younger Rogers, known among family and friends as “Buddha,” is a 6-foot-7, all-state senior forward. He is one of the best wing players in the state of Michigan, averaging double figures in scoring each of the past two seasons. He is shooting 51 percent from 3-point range, and has signed a national letter of intent to playing college basketball at Cleveland State University.
His father, who prepped at Detroit Northwestern (Class of 1989), was chosen in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft out of Tennessee State and had an eight-year pro career as a post player.
The younger Joubert is a 6-foot-3 junior point guard who has begun to blossom on the court this season.
His father is one of the all-time greats in Michigan High School Athletic Association history, earning Mr. Basketball honors at Detroit Southwestern in 1983 before embarking on a stellar career at the University of Michigan as an All-Big Ten Conference shooting guard. His collegiate experience included being part of repeat Big Ten champions with the Wolverines in 1985 and '86.
Jacob Joubert, nicknamed “JJ,” and Jeron Rogers have starred at North Farmington since they stepped onto the court as freshmen.
Joubert has learned to use his body to muscle his way into the lane for points -- much like father once did. Rogers has his dad's high-energy motor and crashes the glass with a similar ferocity.
“We hold our boys to a high standard, they know they have a lot to live up to and they do an excellent job fitting the bill,” Carlos Rogers said.
Jacob Joubert attributes his improvement in the backcourt to spending time under his father's guidance honing his skills in the offseason.
“My dad helped make me more than just a shooter and add a more playmaking facet to my game," he said. "That’s what we focused on over the summer in preparing for my junior year."
Jeron Rogers gets constant inspiration from his relationship with his father.
“He pushes me to always strive for the best no matter what the circumstances, on the basketball court and in life,” he said. “When I see the heights he has achieved, it drives me to want to match it.”Tweet