Delvon Roe made an extremely difficult decision late last week. With a large number of high-major programs involved in his recruitment, the 6-foot-7, 215-pound power forward decided to trim his list of schools and only five remain. Rivals.com spoke to Roe, the No. 5 ranked player in the class of 2008, about his decision.
"Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina are the schools that I feel most comfortable with," said Roe. "I just felt really good about those five programs. I know about the history of each program and what type of offense they run. It was a difficult decision for me to tell some schools that I was no longer interested in them. That was the toughest part of the entire process.
"I have visited all of the schools on my list expect for Kansas," he added. "I am planning to take a visit to KU in the spring, but I haven't come up with a date yet. I just know the visit will happen after the season."
Turing down the likes of Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville and others was difficult for Roe, but he was ready to take the next step forward in his recruitment. For the No. 2 ranked power forward in the class, that meant trimming his list of schools.
It should come as no surprise that Roe has been an extremely popular prospect throughout the last couple of weeks. Several head coaches have stopped by the gym in-order to watch him practice and workout.
"Head coaches from Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina have been in the gym to watch me practice," he said. "You know, I grew up watching Kansas and North Carolina, so Kansas and North Carolina are two schools that I will compare.
"The other three schools on my list are football schools, but Kansas and North Carolina are basketball schools." he added.
With the start of practice set to begin next week, Roe is completely focused on taking care of business on the court. Now that his list of schools has been trimmed to five, don't look for any other decisions to be made until the season is complete.
"We start practice next week and we play our first game on December 9," said Roe. "I really see myself as a basketball player, so I don't play just one position. I can play the power forward, small forward or shooting guard. I have been working on my ball handling skills, so that's an area that continues to improve.
"I will play any position on the court," he added. "It doesn't matter where I play because I am a basketball player. I will do whatever the coaching staff asks me to do."
Delvon Roe Scouting Report: "Left handed, still growing and with a 7-foot wingspan, Roe has an excellent upside. He plays hard, runs the floor well and is active and effective around the basket with his shot blocking ability and his jump hook. His ball handling is steadily improving and he is extending his shooting range to the arc." - Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com