Seagoville Guards Staying Together

Robert Allen rode Donald Sloan and Derrick Roland to a 33-3 record last season. On Monday, one Big 12 program nabbed both of the Seagoville standouts and probably wouldn't mind getting 33 wins a year out of them.

Texas A&M hit the daily double on Monday. The Aggies went into Seagoville High and accepted commitments from combo guard Donald Sloan and wing guard Derrick Roland. As a unit, the pair accounted for 40 points on a team that finished 33-3 last season.

Robert Allen, Seagoville (Tex.) High's coach kept trying to warm schools: recruit the both of them together.

"They're just like brothers," Allen said. "I kept telling people that I was almost sure that if these guys find a school they would want to go together. They are two of the closest players I've ever coached. A&M was the only one to offer both of them and A&M got them both."

Sloan narrowed his list to Oklahoma and SMU while Roland trimmed to UNLV and Arizona State, in addition to the Aggies.

"We were very impressed with A&M, especially what they had to offer these kids academically," Allen said. "We were impressed with the workout we were able to observe. We play the same way they play: aggressive, up tempo and open ended."

Allen says the Aggies landed themselves quite a pair. "Donald is a scoring machine. He averaged 18 because we had to move him to the point. We ended up 33-3 and a lot of it had to do with Donald Sloan not being selfish. We needed him to distribute the ball.

"D-Ro gives us a tall guard with a quick first step. He can hit the 3 or go right by you."

These two friends, high school teammates and potential collegiate roommates, bring instance offense to College Station. While Allen isn't quite sure how their next coach will use them, he's confident the duo will get it done together.

"I don't know how coach is going to play them but I know he has the luxury of playing either one of them at the one or two. To me they are combos. Those guys really present match up problems for our opponents."

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