Kerwin Roach, the No. 26 SG and No. 82 player overall in 2015, announced his pledge to the Longhorns at Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High School on Friday morning. He chose Texas over Cal and Wichita State.
Roach joins Eric Davis (Saginaw, MI/Arthur Hills) in this class giving the Longhorns one of the top backcourt tandems of any class in 2015.
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Roach took his last official visit to Texas over the weekend, which really solidified his choice to spend the next “four years” of his life in Austin.
One of the main things he took away from the visit was the fact that the Longhorns’ staff never changed who they were, and didn’t pull out any bells or whistles despite knowing that his decision was right around the corner.
“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.”
All in all, Texas improved its chances of being the school he chooses today and really sealed the deal before he left campus.
“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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