The last few months have been wild for Kerwin Roach.
The 6-foot-4 guard entered the summer as an unheralded recruit from Houston, and he leaves it as one of the most touted players in his recruiting class. When Rivals released its Top 150 rankings on Wednesday, Roach checked in at No. 34 with four stars next to his name.
Roach’s rise is good news for the schools that have been recruiting him the longest. Though he could continue listening to new coaches, he has already decided on a final five -- Kansas State, Wichita State, Texas, Oklahoma State and California.
He will make his first official visit this weekend when he visits Kansas State and takes in the Wildcats’ opening football game against Stephen F. Austin.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Roach said by phone. “I really want to see the fan support at Kansas State. That is big for me, because coming out of Houston I want to go someplace where the fan support makes me feel like I’m at home.”
Two weeks after his trip to Manhattan, Roach will tour Wichita State. He also has visits arranged with Texas and California and he is working on scheduling a date with Oklahoma State. Wanting to enjoy every angle of the recruiting process, Roach says he will take all five visits before making a decision.
Roach averaged 16.1 points for North Shore High as a junior as a combo guard. He says he may switch to point guard in college. He showed off all his skills this summer.
“I like to get into the lane drive and dish,” Roach said. “I can shoot the mid-range jumper, the long ball and the trey ball. I’m athletic, too. I can even rise up and dunk on people. I try to do it all.”
With K-State up first, Roach spoke highly of the Wildcats. He has a good relationship with assistant Alvin Brooks III, also from Houston, and thinks Bruce Weber is a fine head coach.
“Their staff is really good, and I like Weber,” Roach said. “They are all real nice people. They won the Big 12 two years ago and I like that. If you are an improving player they can make you better. They also aren’t afraid to play freshmen. What Wesley Iwundu and Marcus Foster did last season is very exciting.”
He is also on high on Wichita State.
“Their player development is so inevitable,” Roach said. “Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker were no names coming into college, and after three years they both might go lottery or first round.”