The Texas Longhorns added to their 2015 recruiting class today, landing a commitment from Kerwin Roach, a combo guard from Galena Park North Shore. Roach committed to Texas today, his eighteenth birthday. He had taken an official visit to Texas the week prior, over the October 17 weekend.
Roach picked Texas over the Wichita State Shockers and California Golden Bears. He also reported offers from in-state schools Baylor, Houston, Rice, and North Texas. Roach joins shooting guard Eric Davis from Michigan in the Longhorns' 2015 class.
On the 247 Sports Composite, Roach checks in at 71st nationally, and 7th in the state of Texas. Prior to his junior season, Roach was not really on the recruiting radar. Roach rose up the rankings after a strong junior season at North Shore and grassroots season with a relatively unknown AAU program, the Houston Rockstarz.
According to the recruiting sites, Texas had targeted Roach as the top point guard on its big board. His highlight reels showcase him more as a combo guard, a high-flying scorer with a "ball, meet hoop" skill set that reminded me of Demarcus Croaker's mixtapes. However, Rick Barnes believes that he can mold Roach into the next great Texas point guard, taking over after Isaiah Taylor graduates or leaves for professional ball.
Roach is an explosive scorer with above the rim hops. His slash moves to the basket look like a carbon copy of highlights from Taylor's freshman year. Roach's shot is pretty in the air, though his release point is low. Roach checks in at 6' 3" or 6' 4" (depending on the recruiting site), above-average height for a college point guard. He is also very athletic (BON's Jeff Haley pointed out Roach is a state champion in the triple jump), though he needs to add considerable strength and bulk to his 160 lb frame when he moves to the college level. Good thing Texas has Todd Wright.
Welcome to the 40 Acres, "Snoop" Roach. Hook 'em.