St. Ed's Roe Earns Respect At Nike Camp

Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward junior basketball standout Delvon Roe is among a select group of underclassmen at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis this week. Roe told reporters on Thursday which schools he would like to see in person before he finalizes his college choice. Click here for more on one of Ohio's top prospects.

One of the top juniors in attendance at the Nike All-American Camp is Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward power forward Delvon Roe.

The 6-8 Roe appeared in this week's updated rankings as the nation's No. 14 junior. He is also rated as the No. 3 junior prospect in Ohio behind Toledo Libbey's William Buford and Cincinnati Hughes' Yancey Gates.

Roe mentioned nine schools during an interview session on Thursday: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and UConn. He revealed that he has offers from all of those schools except North Carolina and UConn.

Roe revealed what schools he would like to at least see on unofficial visits.

"I want to go to Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Miami and North Carolina," he said. "Those are my main five that I like. I just want to keep my options open because this will be the biggest decision of my life. I have to take it one step at a time and not rush it."

Roe talked about the possibility of committing to Ohio State, where there are already a handful of big men in the fold.

"If you want to be a winner and play for a winning program, the best place to play is a place where the players are pretty good," Roe said. "If you go to a school that is not as good as Ohio State is going to be, you start questioning why you went there. The best thing to do is go to a school that is best for you.

"Every kid wants to win. But it's what you do to make yourself successful to win. You have to put yourself in position to win."

Of course, the Buckeyes have their own de facto recruiting coordinator where Roe is concerned. He plays AAU basketball with OSU verbal Kosta Koufos, who will be a senior at Canton GlenOak this fall.

"He's my roommate here," Roe said. "He talks about that all day about how fun it would be since we're real close. He talks about how it would be to go on the road together and play together there."

Roe talked about when he hopes to finalize his college choice.

"I may try and decide after this summer," he said. "That's what I'm thinking. I have a pretty good idea of who I like. It's a matter of me going and visiting and seeing if I like their campus. It may be in September or October."

Roe was one of a handful of Ohio prospects in attendance at the camp. Aside from he and Koufos, other Ohio players at the camp included Massillon Perry junior Kenny Frease, Upper Sandusky's Jon Diebler (OSU verbal), Cincinnati Hughes' Lonnie Hayes, Columbus Eastmoor's Ronnie Steward and Trotwood-Madison's Chris Wright (Dayton verbal).

"It's the best state for basketball, right here, Ohio," he said. "That's what it's all about. We have talent going a lot of places. At the NBA camp, we had a lot of guys there. We're just trying to represent Ohio."

Roe said his recruitment has been an eye opening experience.

"I didn't expect it to go like this," he said. "I'm getting all of these phone calls and text messages."

Roe averaged 19.3 points per game as a sophomore, earning first-team all-district honors in Division I. He averaged 17 points as a freshman and earned Special Mention All-Ohio honors.

"I just try to play hard every time," Roe said. "My shot may not go down, but I just try and play hard. If I play hard, everything will fall into place. These coaches don't want to see you score 50 points. They want to see you rebound and defend and run the floor and play as hard as you possibly can and just leave it all out there."

For some underclassmen, playing at Nike Camp can be a head-spinning experience. But Roe knows he has to be aggressive to earn respect from older players and college coaches.

"You just try to take it at them," he said. "This is how it will be at college when you're a freshman. You just have to take it right at them every time."

Roe figures to be a big piece of the success at St. Ed, which has designs on contending for a state championship this year.

"We're the No. 1 team in the state in the preseason rankings," Roe said. "We just need to work hard every day in practice and not get the big head. We can be there (at the state) if we just take it one day at a time."

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