Boo: Delvon Roe Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. --- Minutes after the buzzer sounded on Delvon Roe's opening round win at the Boo Williams Invitational, as he approached the reporters waiting for an interview, a young autograph seeker asked the question of the day.

"You going to Carolina?" the kid asked.

"I don't know yet," Roe replied with a big smile.

But the truth is Roe does know the answer to that question – he just won't publicly state it yet.

"I know where I want to go," Roe told reporters Friday night at Bethel High School, where his King of the Court squad routed Tyreke Evans' Team Final, 82-60, in the opening round of pool play. "It's just a matter of my parents agreeing with me and then trying to figure out when we're going to make the announcement."

That announcement was going to come last week, but delays have pushed it back. The formal press conference at his St. Edward High School could come late next week.

"I'm going to sit down with my coach," Roe said. "I was supposed to sit down with him [earlier this week] but we couldn't do it so we're going to [meet] Monday and [announce] Thursday or Friday before the weekend."

"It's just a matter of time before we get it done."

In the meantime, Roe's AAU season got off to a great start Friday night with a 14-point first half. His best assets – quickness off the ground, scoring around the hoop and ability to run the floor – were key in building a double-digit first half lead that was never in danger. With the game no longer in doubt, and after picking up his third foul, Roe sat for much of the second half and yet still finished with 18 points (9-13 FG), six rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

"I think we came out there with a little bit more intensity," Roe said of the surprisingly easy win. "That was our first game and we want to keep it up. … We're only going to get better."

Roe has kept in close contact the last few weeks with the head coaches at each of his two finalists – Roy Williams at UNC and Tom Izzo at Michigan State. He last talked to Izzo last Tuesday and has spoken with Williams quite a bit since the Tar Heels' season ended.

"I've talked to them at least five times," Roe said of the UNC staff. "Roy Williams is still mad at the world, he says. But he says they're just ready and hungry for next year."

Roe's most recent college visit was a trip to Chapel Hill in March for the UNC-Duke game, which he called a "great, great experience." And he's willing to admit who he cheered for.

"North Carolina," he said. "I'm there for North Carolina and so I pull for North Carolina … and I'm not a Duke fan."

During the visit he asked Williams the most important question in his recruitment.

"I asked them, ‘How do you think I'd fit into the program and do I have a chance to play my freshman year?' He gave me two answers, he told me I have a great chance at starting my freshman year or I'll have a great chance of playing a lot of minutes my freshman year and be a big impact player."

Roe also talks frequently with fellow UNC target Samardo Samuels, a rising senior center from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict.

"That's basically the only recruit I really talk to," Roe said. "We have a great relationship and we keep in touch."

So this reporter posed two questions to Roe, the answers to which proved to be quite revealing.

If we were to ask Samuels which school he thinks you will choose, what would he say?

"I think he'd say North Carolina because most of the time we talk about North Carolina … and Florida."

And where do you think Samuels will go?

"I hope he goes to the school that I would go to …"

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