Roth's Commitment Remains Solid

Bloomington, Ind. – Count Matt Roth among those who will be signing his IU letter of intent in November and playing in Bloomington in the fall. The 6'3" shooting guard from Washington, Ill., confirmed Wednesday morning that...

Bloomington, Ind. – Count Matt Roth among those who will be signing his IU letter of intent in November and playing in Bloomington in the fall.

The 6'3" shooting guard from Washington, Ill., confirmed Wednesday morning that the recent news about Assistant Coach Rob Senderoff's resignation and the basketball program's self-imposed sanctions won't keep him from suiting up for Indiana beginning in the fall of 2008-09.

"My commitment is still solid to IU," Roth said in a text message Wednesday.

Roth, who's primary recruiter has been IU Assistant Coach Jeff Meyer, is expected to provide plenty of perimeter scoring for Coach Kelvin Sampson's team. He averaged 21.1 points per game and shot 48 percent from behind the 3-point arc as a junior to help Washington Community H.S. to a 27-2 record.

While the IU program remains in the news thanks to the release of the Ice Miller Report which details a variety of improper and excessive phone calls made by Coach Kelvin Sampson's staff, Roth said he's aware of what's happened and has turned the page.

"I've put it behind me, and I think they have, too," Roth said. "They're starting their season up, and I'm getting close to starting mine up. There's a lot more things we need to focus on and that's all kind of background news for me now."

Roth officially gets his senior season underway next Tuesday when his prep team can officially begin practice. After last season's 27-win campaign, he's hoping to conclude his prep career with a state championship.

"That's the way ever kid dreams of going out," Roth said. "If I'm fortunate enough to have that opportunity, it will be the perfect end to my high school career. It's the way I've dreamed about going out since I was a little kid playing in the driveway."

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