Tempe Visit Ranks High with Roland

The Texas shooting guard is close to wrapping up his official visits, and this past weekend he tripped to Tempe. Devils Digest caught up with him following his excursion to the valley.

"It was one of my best visits so far," said Derrick Roland. "I visited Oklahoma and Baylor unofficially. I went on an official visit to UNLV last weekend, and I'm gonna visit Texas A&M this coming weekend. That's gonna be my last visit." Roland added that he didn't expect to take any more trips and that his decision was going to come down later this month.

In regards to his Tempe visit, the 6-4 185 guard liked the Sun Devils chemistry on and off the court. "They made me feel like part of the team and I really appreciated that," stated Roland who was hosted by Arizona State freshmen Jeff Pendergraph and Sylvester Seay. "I really got a good feel for the players. I watched their pick-up game and I liked how unselfish they were with the ball. I like the coaches a lot too."

Roland was named to the 2004-05 Dallas Morning News second team. He averaged 20 points, two steals, and four rebounds a game for Seagoville High School. "I can shoot and I have unlimited range," Roland remarked concerning his skills. "I can get to the hole too. I need to work on my movement on the floor, and work on posting up smaller guards."

Even though Roland has taken several visits, he isn't ready to name a favorite or even narrow down the schools to a short list. "All teams are even right now," he said. "I'm gonna take all my visits and make a decision after I sit down and talk it over." The ASU prospect said that he plans to sign his letter of intent in November. He reported a GPA of 2.3 and an ACT score of 15, and said that he's working on improving in both areas.

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