Hoosiers Look to Get Involved With Roe

Delvon Roe is one of the most coveted players in the 2008 class, and Indiana is trying to get its foot in the door. The Ohio product talks about the schools that have been showing him the most interest, where he intends to take visits and when he wants to make his decision...

Indianapolis, Ind. – Delvon Roe is starting to get a lot more attention than he expected. The 6'7" forward from Euclid, Ohio, is only heading into his junior year at St. Edward High School, but he already is one of the nation's top targets in the Class of 2008.

"I didn't expect my recruiting to go like this," said Roe. "I expected to talk to my high school coach and see who liked me out there, but now I'm getting all these phone calls and text messages. I'm just taking it one day at a time."

The Indiana Hoosiers have just recently started their recruitment of Roe and will have a tough hill to climb to sway him. With interest from all of the nation's top programs, Roe will have his pick of the litter and he has all the time he needs to make his decision.

"I'm going to try to take all my visits," said Roe. "I'm going to go to Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Miami and North Carolina. That's the main five that I like right now. I still have leave my options open because this could be the biggest decision I make in my life. I don't want to rush into it. UCONN and Virginia Tech are right there too."

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has already drawn the attention of Roe with his latest recruiting class. The quality of players attending Ohio State and the proximity to home puts them near the top of Roe's list.

"If you want to be a winner and play for a winning program then you want to go somewhere you can play with the best players," said Roe. "If you go to a school that is not as good as Ohio State is going to be, you're going to start questioning why you went there and the reason you went there. The best thing to do is to try to find a school that's best for you and fits your style of play.

"Winning is very important. I think every kid wants to win. It's what you do that puts you in the position to win. You have to give yourself the opportunity to win. Go to a situation where you can win."

Along with Indiana and Ohio State, Roe has drawn attention from North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Michigan State, Miami, Virginia Tech, UConn and Illinois. With all the big names after his services Roe plans on making a decision sooner rather than later.

"I'll probably commit after this summer because I'm thinking I have a pretty good idea of who I like," said Roe. "It's a matter of me going to visit them to see if I like their campus or not. I think between September and October, somewhere around there."

The attention of many of the nation's top programs seems to be focused on the state of Ohio with high prospects like O.J. Mayo and Keenan Ellis in the class of 2007 and many surfacing in the class of 2008. Roe has no doubt there is a good reason for that attention.

"The best state for basketball right now is Ohio," said Roe. "That's what it's all about. We bring a lot of talent wherever we go. At the NBA camp we had a lot of players down there. We're just trying to represent for Ohio."

With the summer AAU circuit in full swing, Roe is using this summer to show coaches his complete game instead of trying to overdue anything on the court.

"I'm just playing hard every time out there," said Roe. "Even if my shot isn't going down, I know if I play hard everything will fall into place. I think coaches are less impressed by seeing you score 50 points than they are if you rebound and defend, run the floor and leave it all out there."


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