Brandon Roy has a favorite

Brandon Roy, a 6-5 wing from Seattle (Garfield), Wash., is one of only four players getting an in-home visit from Arizona Coach Lute Olson. Arizona came calling Sept. 19.

Gonzaga, Oregon and Boston College came to the Roy household earlier. Then Olson and assistant coach Rodney Tention made their appearance.

"All have been impressive," Roy said. "Boston College, Gonzaga, Oregon and Arizona. But right now I really liked Lute Olson. Just him being in the house and his presence made him the most impressive. He talked a lot about education."

Roy also said that although Olson didn't promise playing time he made it clear that every player had the opportunity to earn it.

"(Olson) said seniority really doesn't mean anything." Roy explained. "He said the best players will get to play. So that's what I really like. I feel I can compete with anybody."

Roy has one in-home remaining. He'll host Washington Sept. 23.

"Arizona is the favorite, I really like them," Roy said. "If Arizona wasn't involved, it would be between Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga. I really can't separate those three."

Roy started the spring and summer evaluation period with a very impressive performance at the Pump Easter Tournament in Los Angeles in early April. He played well until he torn his interior cruciate ligament in a team camp at UW in late June.

Roy went to the Nike Camp in Indianapolis but was sent home after being examined by a physician who diagnosed the tear. He played with his AAU team in the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament but couldn't always play at full strength because of the injury. After the Big Time Tournament, Roy had surgery on the knee. He's still recovering.

"My knee is swelled up," Roy said. "But that's because I haven't been playing. Now I'm playing and I'm getting some flexibility back. It's a little better. I can't jump as high yet because my knee is not as strong, but I can do windmill slams and things like that."

At 6-5 and 198, Roy falls into the category of a "big wing" Arizona is targeting from this recruiting class. The Wildcats are also going hard after Andre Iguodala, a 6-5 wing from Illinois, and Hassan Adams, a 6-4 two-guard from Los Angeles. Iguodala is a great defender and Adams is the most competitive of the three, but Roy is the most explosive offensive player.

"I need to work on my three-pointer and my pull up jumper," Roy said. "With my knee not fully recovered, I need to work on pulling up and shooting over people. (Most defenders) play me to go to the basket, so I need to work on pulling up and shooting over them."

Roy realizes the Wildcats are well stocked with talented players and if he chooses Arizona he'll have to fight for playing time. It would be much easier to select one of the other schools.

"I'd rather be pushed by the competition," Roy explained. "Even if I don't start I'll get better by being pushed everyday in practice by great players. I like that."

Roy has been not been offered a scholarship by Arizona, but it's not because he lacks talent. It's because he hasn't posted a score on the ACT or SAT. In fact, he can't make any official campus visits until a test score is posted.

He took the ACT Sept. 22, the day we spoke, and hopes to get the score posted in time to make his official UA campus visit during Midnight Madness celebration the weekend of Oct. 12.

"I think I did pretty well on the test," Roy said. "But it was kind of short notice and I didn't have time to study for it. I just found out about it four days ago. But I got a chance to look at it and see what it's going to be like, so that's the good thing. If I have to take it again, I know what to study for."

Right now, Roy just hopes to get the results back in time to make the UA visit.

"I got it on speed delivery," Roy said. "So it should be here in about two weeks."

If that happens, he'll get the score the week before his planned trip to Tucson.


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