What Makes Delvon Roe Special?

Versatile, a left-hander, tough in the paint, solid range, and a quiet gentleman. Those are phrases and words that should be associated with one of the top recruits in America, Delvon Roe.

LAKEWOOD, OHIO - Versatile, a left-hander, tough in the paint, solid range, and a quiet gentleman. Those are phrases and words that should be associated with one of the top recruits in America, Delvon Roe.

This 6-foot-7 (plus a quarter of an inch or so) forward brings a new image to East Lansing and the state of Michigan. Roe is a versatile lefty that combines basketball skill with athleticism. He's comfortable scoring on the wing and has enough size on the high school level to dominate on the blocks. His quick jumping ability and long arms make him a pest on the defensive end.

While he accomplished all that in high school and AAU ball, I see his game converting nicely to the next level where he won't always have to play on the blocks and be the sometimes "do everything player" that is often required of him on the prep level.

Off the court, Roe is soft-spoken kid who lets his game do the talking.

This is a huge get for any college in the nation and may be the best recruit for Michigan State, based on prep rankings in many years if not ever.

Last year my correspondent in Ohio (Chas Wolfe-Garfield Heights and Ohio Basketball Club) ranked him as the second best player in the state behind Ohio State bound William Buford.

Michigan State's head coach Tom Izzo and his staff have made wonderful inroads to their neighboring state over the last couple of years.

A year ago it was the multi-talented Raymar Morgan that decided to turn green with the quest of gaining a national championship. And we saw what he can do as a freshman.

Incoming recruits such as 6-foot point guard Kalin Lucas have shared in the recruiting process by letting the newest Spartan know that his play will benefit them in their journey for championship hardware.

I'll give you a taste of what these young men might sound like over the air-ways in two years.

Read it like a play-by-play announcer....

...."The seven-foot Herzog pulls down the rebound and kicks it out to the speedy Lucas who's looking to push it up the court. Lucas finds Allen in the corner who feels the double team and dishes off to the slashing Morgan. Morgan feels the heat and kicks it out to Summers. Summers drives off the elbow and has two defenders following him. He finds the open freshman Roe on a nifty pass. Roe spins base line and he has his man beat. He goes up for the dunk and the Spartans extend their lead. This Spartan team is young but, they look like they've been around for years."

The dream starts for Spartans fans fall of 2008.


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