Five-Star point guard Jeremy Roach, a junior standout from Paul VI (V.A.), announced last week he is down to four schools in Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Villanova. It’s rare to see players cut down their list of schools to four this early in the process, but Roach is looking to bring his recruitment to a close soon.
“My final four schools are Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Villanova,” said Roach. “I chose this time to cut down my list because the season is coming up and I’m moving toward getting the process over with. I don’t have an exact time for when I’m going to commit, but it will be soon.”
Roach has developed a good reason for each of these schools remaining on his list.
“I felt like these four schools are all the right fit for me,” he said. “Villanova has been with me since my freshman year. Kentucky came into the picture last year, but I’ve built a good relationship with them. Duke started recruiting me this past summer and I just fell in love with their program. North Carolina recently offered and Roy Williams talked about what he can do for me and how he can make me better. I just felt like these four schools were the best for me.”
Roach went on an unofficial visit to the Villanova Wildcats this past weekend. He enjoyed the conversation he had with head coach Jay Wright and his staff.
“It was really good getting to talk to the coaching staff there,” Roach said. “Coach Jay Wright was talking to me about how he can make me a complete player. We spoke on making myself a complete player to create a path to the NBA.”
Duke is the lone program to receive an official visit from Roach thus far. The Blue Devils’ rich tradition is what stands out the most to him.
“I just love the history behind their program and I loved my official visit there,” he said. “Everyone told me that once you commit to Duke Coach K will take you under his wing. He’s always going to be there for you and have your back. All of his coaches played for him so that’s an example of what he has done for them.”
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams made a great first impression on Roach. The class of 2020 prospect likes how he fits in with the Tar Heels.
“What stood out was what Coach Roy Williams had to say on the phone call with me,” said Roach. “He spoke on what he can help me with and I’ve seen what he has done with players in the past. I like how he runs a team and lets them play freely because that’s my type of style.”
As for visits, there won’t be any soon as the high school season is right around the corner.
“I haven’t planned anything new right now because I’m just focused on this season with Paul VI,” he said.
(H/T Adam Ayalew)