Roe Focused on Playoffs

Choosing a college is important to Delvon Roe, but at this point it's not his top priority. The Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward star forward has his eyes set on a state championship and the Eagles are favored to take home the title.

Last year St. Edward made it to the round of 16 in Ohio's state tournament, but failed to advance. This year Roe has bigger plans for the Eagles.

"We know that we had just as good of a team last year that we have this year and we lost. So we know that we have to focus because we could lose on any given night. Our goal is to win the state championship."

That's a reasonable goal considering the Eagles will be the favorite heading into the tournament. With two games left in the regular season, St. Edward is 18-0, ranked 1st in the state and 11th in the country

"We are trying to climb into the top ten, and maybe the top five," Roe said. "We are just trying to move up."

Individually, Roe is having a great season as well. He's filled the stat sheets with averages of 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five blocks per game.

Playing for such a balanced and talented team, Roe doesn't have to look to score every possession. He said this team allows him to be patient and get in the flow of the game.

"It's great to have [depth]. I don't have to force anything and it makes the game so much easier. It just shows how deep our team is and how deep we can go."

And until he sees how far his team goes in the state tournament, Roe's recruitment will take a back seat.

"I'm really just trying to get my mind ready for the playoffs and stay focused on that." He did mention, however, that the Tar Heels remain at the head of the pack.

"North Carolina is up there -- I like them the most at the moment," he said. The rest of his list includes Michigan State in the second spot, followed in no particular order by Michigan, Ohio State and Kansas. Roe had entertained the idea of attending the UNC-Duke game in Chapel Hill, but the state tournament schedule will prevent him from making the trip.

But once the tournament is over, a decision will soon follow.

"I'm thinking [of announcing] at the end of our season," he said. "Probably a week or two after out season is over with."

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