At 6-8, 210-pounds, Lakewood St. Edward forward Delvon Roe has long been an imposing presence close to the basket. His outstanding athleticism and long arms have at times made him a one-man highlight film. Whether it's blocking shots, dunking over opponents, or dominating the boards, from 15-feet and in, Roe has been money. That said, in order to take his game to the next level and become the player coaches and scouts know he could be, Roe knows he has to become more proficient from the outside. During the first few weeks on the AAU circuit he has done just that.
"It's starting to come," Roe said regarding his perimeter game. "I'm starting to shoot more threes and make them more consistently. I work a lot after school on my shooting with my high school coach, Coach Flannery. I do a lot of ball-handing drills and I'm starting to push the ball up the court. I'm starting to push it so much that the point guard gets mad at me (Laughing)."
Roe's sparkling performances (including his 39-point effort at Spiece Saturday night) have only increased the amount of interest coming his way from the nation's top programs. That has caused the schools that were in on him since day one to intensify their efforts. A few of them have even backed up their courtship with scholarship offers.
Roe previously mentioned the possibility of making a decision prior to the start of his junior season. While him making an early choice is far from a sure thing, his suitors will be doing everything in their power to get him on their campuses of the next few months just in case he decides to follow through.
"I haven't had any time for visits (since the high school season ended)," Roe said. "I quit baseball so I could concentrate more on basketball. It was my dad's decision. It was, 'no and that's it. It's final, you aren't playing! (Laughing).' I'm going to try to visit some schools this summer. I'm going to Florida, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, and probably some more. UCONN probably too. They all call me a decent amount of times. I do talk to Michigan a lot though. I talk to all of the schools a decently…the same amount."
The Wolverines identified Roe as a priority for their 2008 class quite some time ago and have made it a point to see him whenever possible. Their early interest and continued persistence will likely make them a player in the youngster's recruitment until the very end. One factor that could help their case even more would be a commitment by teammate Kyle Hubbard to the Michigan football program. When asked if a Hubbard verbal would have a positive effect for Michigan in his recruitment, Roe wasted little time answering.
"Yeah, that will," he said. "You always want to be around somebody that you've been growing up with your whole life. I've been knowing Kyle since I was in like the seventh grade. If we go to the same school it would be easy to communicate with somebody you know, especially being so far away from home."
To view GoBlueWolverine's "Road Trip" feature on Roe (which includes a scouting report) from back in February, click here.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Roe in the coming weeks.