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Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 5:06 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

Delvon Roe, a senior forward at Michigan State, is retiring from basketball because chronic knee issues have made playing the game too problematic. He's had problem with both of his knees, but primariliy his right one, which required microfracture surgery during his senior year of high school.

The school announced Roe's decision late Thursday afternoon.

"This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make," Roe said in a press release. "It feels that I've been playing through pain throughout my career at MSU, but the daily grind of basketball -- the running, cutting, jumping -- has finally taken its toll given the intensity required to play at our level. I started playing basketball because I loved the game, but the pain has taken that away and forced me to always think about just getting through the next few minutes or the next game. I don't want to just 'get through' anymore. I've played on a leg and a half for most of my career, and that's not fair to my teammates as they go through the daily grind."

Roe started all three years while at Michigan State. He helped the team win two Big Ten titles and reached the Final Four in 2009 and 2010.

"I will always be a Spartan," Roe said. "It remains my goal to walk across the court on senior night."

Roe has already begun to put his time into other endeavors, acting being the most prominent. He earned a role in the independent film "AWOL," and shot his scenes over the summer. He's made it clear he hopes to have a future in the movie industry.
 
"We've built our program at Michigan State on toughness, and I've never had a player who played through more pain than Delvon," head coach Tim Izzo said in a statement. "It's a shame that most Spartans never got to see the player I recruited. ... Last year, he unselfishly reinvented himself into a defensive stopper that the team needed. For him to call it a career at this time shows the severity of his pain. I look forward to having him remain around the program this year as he finishes his degree."

Roe was considered a top-20 recruit in 2008. He averaged 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in his three years with the Spartans.

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:41 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

That sucks. He's a classy kid. Hated it when he choose to go somewhere else. Hope he gets his degree and succeeds in whatever he chooses to do.





Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:21 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

From a Wolerine fan: Good luck Delvin. Hate to see anyone have to give up what they love at such a young age due to injury, even if it is a Spartan!



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:54 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

Hate to see him move on. Hate more to have him hurt so bad.

Good luck Delvon! 



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:13 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

Speaking of class, I'm not surprised to see the skunkbear fans still don't have any. Looking forward to kicking your asses again this year!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:09 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

I'm sad to hear the news about Delvon. A true Spartan warrior who always represented our school with class. Since he remains on scholarship, I wish there was a way he could take the opening tip in the aircraft carrier game before closing out his career.



Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:48 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

From everything I have ever read and heard (back to high school days) Devlon Roe is a class act and a real competitor both on and off the court and a real class act - we know Coach Izzo is.  Good luck on a potential acting career. From an respectful Jayhawk.



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:31 am
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

He's finishing his degree.

And any movie projects that might come up during his senior year (read over the summer there may be one) would certainly result in less time missed than the rigorous basketball schedule.

Delvon Roe, you were always a class act and never complained like some other beloved (looking at you, Green, among others) Spartans of recent years. Thanks for putting in all the effort over the years and best of luck.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State


dacey.: You obviously missed the part that said: "I look forward to having him remain around the program this year as he finishes his degree." 



Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

Not a Michigan State fan at all, but loved to watch this guy play.

You'll be missed by all true college basketball fans. 



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Delvon Roe's career over at Michigan State

Good luck to Delvon Roe on his new goal of becomming a successful actor.  Its unfortunate that there is no mention of any goal of earning a degree from Michigan State.  Success in the classroom with a goal of walking up and accepting a college diploma from the University President would have been lauable.  There are a lot of unsuccessful actors in Hollywood waiting on tables and washing dishes waiting for a one big break.  Maybe Delvon Roe will hit a one-in-a-million shot and find success but I think he will always regret not completing his education and finishing what he started when he enrolled in Michigan State.  His career wasnt being a basketball player.  His career was being a student.


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