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Five-star Roe makes decision

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In today's recruiting world, things can change with a snap of a finger. Just look at Delvon Roe.
Long thought to be a North Carolina lean, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from St. Edward High School in Cleveland, Ohio announced he will attend Michigan State after his high school career.
The five-star forward said his decision to play for Tom Izzo wasn't an easy one in the final hour.
"I felt that Michigan State is a great program and North Carolina is also a great program but at the end of the day I had to follow my heart and I had to do what was best for me and my family," Roe said.
The family connection played a big part in his decision, he said, and the proximity to home was one of the deciding factors.
"I think that had a big impact on my decision," Roe said. "North Carolina is a great school but it is also 11 hours away while Michigan State is only three hours. I felt like what I could get at North Carolina, I could get at Michigan State.
"It was a tough decision. It took me a long time to really look at both schools and find the weaknesses and strengths of both schools. I just felt that Michigan State is a program where I could really excel and really have a lot of fun."
The basketball world long assumed that North Carolina was the team to beat until a couple of days after the Boo Williams Invitational, where the buzz began to shift towards Michigan State.
Roe said he had a good inclination two months ago that Michigan State was a better fit for him. However, making the call to Roy Williams about his decision was a difficult one.
"I didn't know how to tell one of the best coaches in college basketball that I wouldn't be attending his school," Roe said. "But I had to talk to my parents and looked at every possible situation and Michigan State was the best place for me."
Roe, who averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds for St. Edward (25-1) this year, joins Wisconsin guard Korie Lucious in the Spartans' 2008 recruiting class. The duo join a good looking trio of Chris Allen, Kailin Lucas and Durrell Sumemrs in the 2007 MSU class.
"I think we are bringing in great players and I know we'll have to work hard each and every night and buying into coach Izzo's system," said Roe, the No. 6 ranked player in the class of 2008. "If we do that, we'll be having fun and hoping will be playing in the tournament and playing in the Final Four."
Roe and his King of the Court teammates are participating in the Kingwood Classic this weekend in Houston.
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