6-8 sophomore Delvon Roe of Lakewood (Oh.) St. Edward is ranked as the top player in his class by Ohio High magazine. Roe is drawing the attention of all the top colleges in the country and assistant coaches from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State were on hand to watch Roe battle fellow sophomore star Kenny Frease and Massillon Perry in the Pizza Oven Classic earlier this week.
Roe scored 14 points in leading Lakewood St. Edward to a 46-41 win over Perry. He suffered early foul trouble and spent most of the first half on the bench watching the 6-11 Frease lead the Panthers to a 23-20 lead.
In the second half, Roe scored nine points and established himself as a player who would not be denied. He used his quickness and agility to lead the Eagles to victory. Roe displayed a lethal jump shot from 15 feet and great rebounding. He also defended Frease late in the game and held the Perry big man to only four shot attempts in the second half.
After the game, Eagles coach Eric Flannery was quick to praise his sophomore star.
"Delvon is just a great kid," said Flannery. "He's a great kid to have on the team. He's a leader and a winner. He's a 3.0 student and takes his classwork seriously."
Coach Flannery, who has lead the Eagles to the state tournament four times, talked about Roe's potential.
"He's going to be recruited by everybody," said Flannery. "They're all calling me just about every week. Michigan calls a lot. You saw the college coaches here today. That's becoming pretty normal for us."
"Delvon has a chance to be the best kid I've ever coached," said Flannery. "I've coached Steve Logan, Steve Lepore and Sam Clancy, and Delvon will probably be better than all of them, and each of them played Division-I college basketball. His work ethic sets him apart from them. He's driven to be great. He's so down to earth it's scary. He plays inside for us but eventually he'll be a perimeter player."
What does Roe think about all the attention he's receiving?
"I'm just trying to take it all in without letting this stuff get to me," said Roe. "It's nice to see college coaches come to see us play because they get to see my teammates too, not just me."
"I don't let the attention change who I am," said Roe. "When they come see me play I don't think they're looking for me to score 40 points. I think they want to see me play my normal game and see what I'm like in the flow of the game."
Even though he's just 16 years old, Roe is thinking about his future as a college player.
"I'm hoping to be good enough to play at one of the top schools," said Roe. "I still have a lot to work on. I need to increase my shooting range and get stronger on the boards."
Roe even went so far as to name his favorite schools at this time.
"I have a list," said Roe. "In order they are Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville and Ohio State. That could change though. Really I like a lot of them, but Illinois is at the top."
Delvon Roe is a very impressive young man both on and off the court, and it appears the sky is the limit for this young man. It's easy to see why Coach Flannery is so excited to have Delvon around for a few more years.