Terrence Roderick Makes A Decision

Reporter Brian Towey has a commitment story from an event in Pittsburgh ...

Terrence Roderick entered this April's live period as a very rare commodity, indeed: a bonafide, high major guard that was still available. That changed on Saturday when the Allentown, Pa., native and student at Philadelphia's Rise Academy committed to UAB while at the Pittsburgh Jamfest.

"Mike Davis, he and I have a good relationship," said Roderick. "And I have a friend who's going there- Keenan Ellis from American Christian. I wanted to go to somewhere where I knew somebody."

The lanky, 6-foot-4 shooting/combo guard had fielded interest from a slew of major programs, claiming offers from Kansas, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Providence, Rutgers and Clemson, as well as interest from UConn.

In Roderick, a former student at William Allen High School in Allentown, UAB could have one of the steals of the spring. A guard with an exceptional feel for the game, he boasts excellent vision and court awareness to go along with formidable scoring tools. He can score off of the bounce and finish at the rim, has deep range on his jumper, and is very dangerous in the open floor, with his ability to locate teammates in transition.

When he sees Roderick, Sam Rines, his AAU coach, sees shades of another accomplished alum of his program.

"He's really not that far away from Richard Hamilton (at the same point)," said Rines. "Terrance has a lot to learn about the game. He needs to realize that he has to take care of his body. I really believe that potentially, he could be a pro."

Roderick has been taking classes at Northeast Prep in Philadelphia- supplemented by night schooling- in order to reach the NCAA's qualifying standards, according to Rines. His AAU coach expects that he'll have no trouble predicting.

With his immense natural talent, as Roderick learns more about the game and adds a mid-range game to his repertoire, he could emerge as a major handful in Conference USA. As it stands, Mike Davis and his staff have a spring find who could wind up an impact recruit.

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