Roy Speaks On His Health & His Leaders

On Tuesday, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield shooting guard Brandon Roy silenced the whispers.

Roy Says He's Healthy

"My left knee is healthy," said the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Roy, an unsigned InsidersHoop.com Top 100 prospect (#47), who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery (August 9) to repair a torn lateral meniscus, which he injured at the University of Washington during team camp in early July. "I'm playing again. I still feel a little pain when I first start warming up, but after that it feels just fine."

Roy's injury forced him to miss the famed Nike Camp, but he returned to action three weeks later and played in The Adidas Big Time Tournament (July 25-29) in Las Vegas.

Despite the bum left knee, Roy sparkled offensively and managed to garner All-Tournament Team honors, which left quite an impression on countless coaches in attendance.

"I felt that I played well there (Big Time), but the injury prevented me from playing at an elite level," said Roy, who played for Seattle-based AAU power Team Yes during the event. "I definitely held my own, but I'm capable of doing so much more than I showed."

Some schools are recruiting Roy as a small forward, but most envision him playing the two-spot (shooting guard). "My game is so versatile," said Roy. "I can get to the basket and finish at will, but I can also knock down jumpers. I've got great hops and I'm the hardest worker in the gym. Other then that, I'm just a really good athlete."

Roy indicated that several schools Washington (September 9), Arizona (September 19), Gonzaga (September 12), Oregon (September 17), Washington State (September 9) and Boston College (September 9) have all paid him in-house visits and remain in the hunt for his commitment.

"Right now, Washington and Arizona are the front-runners, but Gonzaga's still hanging in there," said Roy, who averaged 19.8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals per game last season for Garfield High School, which owns 11 state basketball championships, the most in state history. "But, I like the Huskies, because they recruited some pretty good players last year and UW (Washington) is so close to my home. I really don't look at them (Washington) going through a down period, because I could see myself bringing a lot to that program."

Roy also suggested that both Arizona and Gonzaga have made strong recruiting pitches as well.

"Coach (Lute) Olson's made the best presentation," said Roy, who plans to commit by mid-October and make it official during the early signing period in November. "He's been impressive, but so has Gonzaga, because they've got a tremendous reputation for developing players into difference makers."

Roy, who boasts a 2.0 grade point average, has yet to qualify academically, but he took the ACT for the first time last Saturday (September 29). "I think I did OK, considering that I took it (ACT) on short notice," said Roy, who upon passing the ACT plans to make three official on-campus visits (Arizona, Gonzaga, Oregon). "I wouldn't say that I passed it the first time, but I'll make it eventually."

Roy is also considering making official visits to Boston College and Washington State. "I want to go somewhere where I can play right away if I work hard enough," said Roy. "I'm undecided at this point, but it's important that I play for a winning program and improve as a player, because I want to take my game to that next level."


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