Roach, the No. 26 shooting guard and the No. 82 player overall in 2015, sat on the front row at time with his parents and then moved to the radio table while Texas went through practice. He was the only recruit on hand.
Right now, he’s the biggest target that Texas is going after for its 2015 class. Once it was all said and done Roach (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) said UT improved its chances of beating out Cal and Wichita State for his commitment, which he’ll announce at his high school at 11 a.m. on Friday.
“First of all I love all the coaches. It was a strong practice,” he said. “I arrived Friday around 1 p.m. Watched practice and just hung out with the guys. I basically just repeated that Saturday.”
Roach said Texas’ coaches didn’t act any differently than they had in his previous visit despite him being on the verge of committing.
“They were how they have always been,” he said. “They were very straightforward and just talking about how I could fit into this offense and how they could see me do what I do best in that offense.”
What UT coaches want Roach to do is play point guard, which he is more than willing to do.
“I like what they do but I’m a better shooter,” he said. “I can space the floor.”
Roach said he was very impressed with the physical nature of Rick Barnes’ practice.
“It was physical, physical. In high school now people aren’t really that physical with you,” he said. “So you really aren’t used to it. I really need to improve on that as a player. I like that coaching style.”
After the practice was over Roach walked onto the court and hung out with Texas’ team. He also watched film with Texas’ coaching staff.
“They told me how the game would run with me there, and how the offense runs,” he said. “They practice what they preach.”
All in all, Texas improved its chances of being the school he chooses on Friday.
“They improved it because they showed me a lot of shooting,” he said. “I can see myself there for four years. They answered all my questions.
“[Rick] Barnes is a cool guy. He knows what he’s doing, especially with guards. He’s just a real good guy, a real good coach.”
Back in July, Scout’s esteemed basketball recruiting analysts polled more than 100 college coaches to get there take on who the most underrated player they saw during their July travels and Roach finished second in voting.
From the article:
“He’s a very competitive combo that plays very hard and is always making plays,” a college coach told Scout.com. “He wants to win and does all he can to win. Tough kid.”
When asked to describe Roach’s game one college coach said: “Very athletic, quick first step, excellent vision, good shooter, can play either point or off the ball and has the ability to be an excellent defender.”
Roach, as mentioned, is able to play either guard position. At 6-foot-3, he’s fast, is a consistent long-range shooter and has good vision. When I watched him at the Fab 48 nearly the entire Big 12 was in attendance checking him out.
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