Duke landed its point guard of the future on Wednesday night as five-star Class of 2020 point guard Jeremy Roach pledged to the Blue Devils.
The 6-foot-2 point guard will likely be the heir apparent to current Duke floor general Tre Jones (if Jones decides to turn pro after his sophomore season) as Roach is one of the winningest players in high school basketball.
Playing for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL last grassroots season, Roach helped the program capture the Nike Peach Jam. Roach was also a member of USA Basketball’s U17 squad which won a gold medal at the FIBA World Cup last summer.
Although Roach doesn’t put up jaw-dropping numbers, averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in 22 EYBL games last spring and summer, he’s the perfect fit for a potential star-laden Duke recruiting class. A great change-of-pace guard who is very effective with look-ahead passes to move the ball quickly up the floor, Roach is a naturally unselfish leader.
Team Takeover was loaded with high-major prospects and Roach was one of the key reasons the program was able to achieve such great success thanks to his willingness to share the ball. For a program that regularly recruits five-star players who want to take a lot of shots, Roach is the perfect fit to get those types of players all of the shots they desire. It also doesn’t hurt that Roach is a solid shooter who can defend multiple spots on the perimeter thanks to his solid strength and basketball IQ.
Regarded as the No. 20 overall prospect in the Rivals national Class of 2020 rankings, Roach is the great start for Duke’s recruiting efforts in that class. Roach will have to get healthy after a torn ACL prevented him from playing during his junior season, but his commitment is an important one for Duke. The Blue Devils will likely have a lot of scholarships to fill in the 2020 class and Roach is the type of unselfish point guard that other talented players want to run with.