Kentucky was one of the first to call 2020 five-star guard Jeremy Roach. College coaches were allowed to contact rising juniors on June 15th and Roach heard from the Cats along with a few other schools. Roach had visited UK for an exhibition game back in October so there’s a familiarity between UK and Roach.
Roach is currently trying out for the USA U17 team in Colorado Springs and has impressed as one of the best performers. He made the cut from 30 to 18, and with one cut left he’s in a solid position to make the final roster of 12. Known for his passing on the offensive end, Roach is unique in the sense he takes more pride in his defense. High school kids usually want to showcase their scoring ability and range, but an unselfish player offensively, Roach likes to shine on the defensive end.
“They just said the same thing as pretty much everyone else, that they want to build a relationship with me and that I am a priority for them and hopefully I can be a Kentucky Wildcat,” Roach told Rivals’ Corey Evans. “They don’t have a real big sports team there so the fans are crazy and I have a lot of respect for that.”
Hey, LouCity FC is doing just fine, Roach. But yeah, you’re right. UK is king in Kentucky and no team receives more coverage.
Roach attends Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., which if that school sounds familiar it’s because the Cats have recruited a five-star player from the school just a couple years ago. UofL Cardinal V.J. King picked the Cards over the Cats as a Paul VI star. Things have been OK for King at UofL. He averaged 8.6 points to go with 3.3 rebounds after his sophomore season. He’s played in just two NCAA Tournament, which matches the amount of scandals that have occurred at UofL in the last few years.
If Roach makes the USA U17 team then you can expect UK’s coaches to watch him in Argentina later this month when the Americans compete for the U17 FIBA World Cup. Team USA is 30-0 in the event.
Roach also heard from Villanova, Duke and Pittsburgh.