The travel schedule during the month of September was full for Lakewood (OH) St. Edward star Delvon Roe. The talented junior began the month with a stop in Ann Arbor for the football team's opener, traveled to Columbus a few weeks later to check out the Buckeyes in action, and finished things up with a trip to East Lansing the following week for the much-anticipated battle with Notre Dame. The trip to the land of Green & White proved to be quite memorable, as the youngster had an opportunity to rub shoulders with a number of Spartan greats.
"It was fun," said Roe regarding his time at Michigan State. "I had a lot of fun. I talked to Magic Johnson. I talked to Shannon Brown. I talked to a lot of players from Michigan State because that's when all of their players from the NBA came back. I couldn't get up there in time to play in the open gym because traffic was so bad. Michigan had a game…then it was Michigan State (vs. Notre Dame), so we didn't make it up there in time. It started pouring down raining, so we left a little early. It was fun though. It was crazy up there. "
Roe plans to hit the road again this weekend for a return trip to Ann Arbor to watch the gridiron Wolverines take on the Spartans. He will be one of a number of Michigan basketball recruits that should include headliners Alex Legion (official visit), Corperryale Harris (official visit), Kelvin Grady (official visit), Yancey Gates, and Noopy Crater. The only other visit the Roe has scheduled at this point is one to Chapel Hill, North Carolina next weekend to take end the Tar Heels' Midnight Madness.
"That should be crazy," Roe said regarding the basketball festivities at UNC. "Other than the drive, I can't wait!"
Roe's list of suitors continue to ratchet up the intensity of his recruitment. The Tar Heels are slated to be in Lakewood on Thursday. Meanwhile, Michigan headman Tommy Amaker was able to chat with the youngster's dad recently. This comes just weeks after the aforementioned coaches, (along with those from Kansas, Indiana, Notre Dame, Illinois, Louisville, and Michigan State), were at his school to watch him workout. Even with rise in attention and all of his impressive visits, Roe insists that not much has changed in his recruitment over the past month.
"Everything is still the same," he said. "Everybody is going to have great environments. I'm looking at all of these big schools, so they're all going to be basically the same type of environment. It's a good thing to make sure I go to see the environment to make sure I like them."
Lately, most of Roe's focus has been dedicated to academics and honing his game. With his eyes set firmly on playing the three on the next level, he continues to put in a great deal of work to diversify his skills.
"That's where I'm going to play in college because I already know my shooting is coming along really really well," said Roe. "Now everybody is saying my jumper has improved dramatically...even from Nike camp. I work on it about three hours after conditioning. I'm 100% sure I'm going to be playing the three in college."
The question at this point is which college will that be? One month ago at this time, Roe was planning to trim his list of schools to five…and possibly even three. However, after talking it over with his coach, (Lakewood St. Edward headman Eric Flannery), the youngster and his family decided to delay cut-down day a little while longer.
"(Coach Flannery) says, 'TAKE YOUR TIME,' " said Roe. "That's what he stresses the most. 'Take your time. You have no need to rush. This is your time. You're in control of the situation. Nobody should rush you through this. Just make sure you make the right decision because you're going to be there for four years.' We just decided not to rush anything right now. We're just to see all of the colleges. Before the start of the season, for sure, we'll narrow it down."