Lakewood St. Edward's junior Delvon Roe showed why he is one of the top players in America in the Eagles 91-56 victory over Massillon Perry. Perry played without their star junior Kenny Frease, who is out of action with a wrist injury.
The 6-8 Roe was brilliant at both ends of the floor, scoring all but 2 of his 26 points in the first half. He played sparingly in the second half as the Eagles coasted to an easy victory. Afterward, Roe talked about his team's fine play and his own performance.
"We're playing really well right now," Roe explained. "We want to stay undefeated and keep improving every night out. Our goal is to get to the state tournament and win it so we've got a lot to work for.
"I thought I played okay," Roe added. "I've still got a lot to work on to get better. I'm trying to be more assertive out on the floor. I need to continue to work on my outside shot and my passing. I can get a lot better and I know that I need to play better for us to achieve our goals."
Eagles head coach Eric Flannery was impressed with his star's play and talked about his improvement as a player.
"Delvon Roe is getting better all the time," said Flannery. "He's a kid that wants to play at the highest level and knows how hard he has to work to achieve that goal. He's our best player but he's also our hardest worker and that makes it so nice for a coach. He's put on 15 pounds of muscle and he's improved his shooting and passing skills tremendously. He has about every college coach in the country interested in him but he stays very humble and focused."
Roe is ranked as the No.5 prospect in the country by Scout.com and has narrowed his college list to 5 schools.
"My list is Kansas, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina and Michigan State," Roe continued. " I'm hoping to make my decision at the end of this season. I'm really in no hurry but I want to make my choice before summer for sure."
It appears that one school has jumped out as the favorite in Roe's mind.
"It's still early and I have a lot left to think about, but if today was signing day I would be choosing North Carolina," Roe exclaimed. "I just feel real comfortable with them. I like all the schools I'm considering and that could change, but right now North Carolina is my leader."
Massillon Perry head coach Rob Toth was equally impressed with Roe's play.
"Wow was he something?" Toth asked rhetorically. "We played then last year and you can see how much better he is now. His shooting is a lot better and he's so much better out on the perimeter. Plus, he seems like a really nice kid. He's very unselfish out on the floor and that's a credit to his coach."