Scouting Report: Delvon Roe

Delvon Roe was the first member of the Class of 2008 to receive a Tar Heel offer, and he appears likely to be the first Carolina target from the class to make a decision. Dave Telep, the nation's leading recruiting analyst, reviewed his notes and compiled the following in-depth scouting report on Roe ...

Delvon Roe
6-8, 220
Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward

Strengths:

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.

His reaction time to the ball is his best asset.
His body is a strength. He's deceptively tall and as a result he's very long. He's going to wind up being one of those rangy defenders and by that I don't mean a shotblocker, I mean a guy who can move his feet and doesn't look so bad if matched up with a smaller guy.

And another strength that is less technical is just how he plays the game. He has been hungry for the last year -- since last December when he exploded at Myrtle Beach and gave you a preview of what was to come. Few people have been as hungry for success as he has. I hope for his sake, and the team that gets him, that his hunger follows him to college because I'm not sure he understands how big of an intangible that is.

Weaknesses:
Definitely facing the basket -- it's an area where he's shown himself to be capable to mid-range, but it's one of those deals where maybe one in five games he's a real good player facing the basket, but getting that consistency with his perimeter shot is the next step. He doesn't need to be out there busting threes, but working off the block with his turnaround jumper and making that free throw jumper consistently -- that would be an area that would make him even more versatile.

With Delvon, what you're going to ask him to do with ball handling is to become another guy you can toss to in order to break a press, but in the grand scheme of things, if he can handle the ball from 15 feet away and make a move to get a shot, that'll be a benefit to him and the team. Handle is another element that, if added to his arsenal, would help complete his game.

To be more of a threat facing the basket, from mid-range shooting or taking a guy off the dribble and attacking the rim -- those are two things he can polish up. He'll do them occasionally now, but it's the consistency he needs to get to.

Comparison:

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.

It's a fast-twitch muscle that most guys don't have.
One of the great attributes of being a great prospect is that fast twitch muscle. To see a guy at his size react to the ball and his movements be so compact and quick, he definitely has that fast twitch muscle – and it's part of what sets him apart from a lot of players.

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

Signature Performance:

There wasn't a specific game, but he had a signature summer in 2006. Everywhere he went, he delivered. That's real difficult to do when you consider how much time he spent on the road. NBA Camp he took it up another notch, at Nike Camp he made a big splash. And then in Orlando, when his big-name teammate was struggling, he took over the primary scoring responsibilities of his team, developing leadership skills, and gave them another No. 1 option. That says a lot about this kid.

College Projection:
I'd consider him to be a versatile power forward, who in college is going to be a real matchup problem. But I think his bread is buttered at the power forward role right now.

And don't discount the possibility of him getting bigger, either. He's a sneaky grower. Each time I saw him he added a ¼ of an inch, not a big spurt, but he's getting taller. It's been a slow, steady, incremental deal. And he's taller than he appears. He measures out taller than he looks. Every time I see him officially measured, I'm thinking he's getting bigger. At Nike Camp with no shoes he measured in at 6-7. If you're 6-7 with no shoes, you're at least 6-8 in sneakers.

Ranking:
No. 3 PF, No. 5 overall ---- He made strides with his game that he showed last summer 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. I think it's safe to call him a Top 5 guy right now. He made more strides faster than I thought he would make. He's increased the expectations and so right about now that's at least in line of where you want him to be developmentally, if not a little ahead.

Final Thoughts:
I can't recall a recruitment accelerating as early and as quickly as his did. Head coaches were there often; they're usually busy in July, but rare is the time you have four head guys at that level carve out days of their recruiting calendar in July to spend it with one rising junior. It accelerated so fast. Everybody was taken aback by it and it's really a credit to Delvon because he's a unique player that got coaches excited. He became a guy not that you'd just like to have, but a guy that you're very excited about potentially being able to coach. It was fun to see it happen.

He's too young to understand the significance of what happened to him last summer. He became a recruiting priority for a number of elite level schools about as fast as I've ever seen. It was impressive.


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