Izzo getting visit from Roe next weekend

While star prep forward Delvon Roe confirms his visit to Michigan State during the weekend of August 18th, he is my no means signed, sealed and delivered to East Lansing. His summer tour also includes stops in Ann Arbor, Columbus and Chapel Hill, just to name a few.

Having already proven his worth as an elite prospect this summer, Delvon Roe is now ready to take the next step in his recruitment.

"I think [my recruitment] is going pretty good," said the 6-8, 220-pound rising junior forward from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward.

"It's still a little hectic, but it's starting to wind down. I'm not talking to schools as much as I was before. I'm still getting a lot of text messages. It's a good thing I can only get one call a month or I'd be getting them every day." Now he's ready to take some visits in the next few months to the schools on his list.

"I'm just trying to keep working hard on my game and visit each school so I can get a better feeling about which school I want to go to," he said.

Roe has scheduled trips to Michigan State and Ohio State -- both on the weekend of Aug. 18 -- and will travel to Michigan the first weekend in September.

"I'll be going down to Michigan on Labor Day weekend and that should be fun," Roe said. "That will be when Coach Amaker will be back from Australia from coaching. They want me to stay down on Friday and go to the [football] game on Saturday."

The following month he has a visit to Chapel Hill planned. Roe, accompanied by his family, will travel to North Carolina to attend its season-opening "Late Night" festivities.

"I was talking to [UNC assistant] coach [Steve Robinson] and he said he wanted me to come down," said Roe, who attends the same high school as former Tar Heel Jawad Williams. "So I will be going down there on October 13th.

"He told me I've had a great summer and they want me to go down there and to see how ["Late Night"] is."

Roe, who in addition to the aforementioned schools lists Florida, Illinois, Miami and Kansas, received a Tar Heel scholarship offer last month after the Carolina staff watched his performance at the Nike Camp. The staff was in attendance at a number of his games throughout the rest of July and Roe received a call from Roy Williams at the end of the month.

Roe said he's discussed with his parents the possibility of attending a school outside the Midwest and has their support.

"My parents have talked to me and they decided if I go to a school farther away that they said they would move to whatever school I go to," he said.

Roe was already a known talent heading into the AAU circuit this year, but his improved play surprised Scout.com lead recruiting analyst Dave Telep -- who will have Roe in his post-summer Class of 2008 Top 10.

"Right now he is a Top 10 player," Telep said. "He made strides with his game that were probably a year early in terms of what you'd anticipate out of him. It was interesting to see how productive he could be as a rising junior playing against older guys. It sounds easy to say, but he just arrived on to the scene a year before he was supposed to."

Telep described Roe as a power forward whose quick and active style yields impressive results.

"First and foremost, he was so productive this summer. He's listed at 6-8, looks like 6-7, but his reaction time to the ball -- how fast he is -- is his best asset. He has great reflexes, and he gets his shots up and over people quickly. He can be explosive inside, and he's just got a nose for the basketball."

A slightly undersized athletic post player with alarming quickness and a great feel for the paint -- sound familiar, Tar Heel fans?

"He has a skill set that is comparable to Antawn Jamison's, though Jamison did it as well as anyone you've ever seen. In the same motion Jamison was catching, turning and scoring. It's a fast-twitch muscle that most guys don't have.

"Roe hasn't shown a consistent mid-range game yet like Jamison, but what was consistent was how hard, aggressive and productive Roe was. There are things he's got to polish up to continue to make those advances, but right now he's ahead of schedule."

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