A first look: 2008 target Matt Roth

  • 08/12/2007 10:25 am in

I’ve talked quite a bit the past few weeks about 2008 target Matt Roth, but this is the first chance I’ve had to take in video of the Washington High (IL) sharpshooter. And since he was relatively unknown on the national scene until the Adidas Super 64 last month, this is probably your first look as well.

This video, courtesty of Midstatehoops.com, is from a game last November. You can definitely see why the IU coaching staff is hot on the trail of Roth: He can flat out shoot it. He also has a very quick release and doesn’t mind shooting with a hand in his face. After viewing this, I’m even more excited about the prospect of Roth becoming a Hoosier.

{Thanks to ITH reader Kelin for the tip on this one.}

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  • kelin

    If you notice where his feet are when he shoots it, you will notice space between his feet and the 3pt line…hence…he has some range!

  • kelin

    If you notice where his feet are when he shoots it, you will notice space between his feet and the 3pt line…hence…he has some range!

  • ok. i want this kid in an iu jersey. now.

    i miss the days where kyle horsnby would just release and you just knew it was in. this kid reminds me of him somehow. i couldn’t really tell from this video, but he doesn’t seem to have that seamless shot kyle did, but i mean come on, look at that follow through, and that range. this kid is awesome. i really want this kid. i hope we land him soon.

  • ok. i want this kid in an iu jersey. now.

    i miss the days where kyle horsnby would just release and you just knew it was in. this kid reminds me of him somehow. i couldn’t really tell from this video, but he doesn’t seem to have that seamless shot kyle did, but i mean come on, look at that follow through, and that range. this kid is awesome. i really want this kid. i hope we land him soon.

  • ok. i want this kid in an iu jersey. now.

    i miss the days where kyle horsnby would just release and you just knew it was in. this kid reminds me of him somehow. i couldn’t really tell from this video, but he doesn’t seem to have that seamless shot kyle did, but i mean come on, look at that follow through, and that range. this kid is awesome. i really want this kid. i hope we land him soon.

  • phillip

    Man, he can nail those 3’s.

  • phillip

    Man, he can nail those 3’s.

  • phillip

    Man, he can nail those 3’s.

  • kelin

    My gut feeling is this…He comes to IU midnight madness and realizes that St.Louis University and Bradley can’t compare. Ok Ok he may think he would have more P/T at those schools but that is not necessarily true…IU does not have any pure shooters, outside of EJ. This kid has a spot in IU’s rotation

  • kelin

    My gut feeling is this…He comes to IU midnight madness and realizes that St.Louis University and Bradley can’t compare. Ok Ok he may think he would have more P/T at those schools but that is not necessarily true…IU does not have any pure shooters, outside of EJ. This kid has a spot in IU’s rotation

  • kelin

    My gut feeling is this…He comes to IU midnight madness and realizes that St.Louis University and Bradley can’t compare. Ok Ok he may think he would have more P/T at those schools but that is not necessarily true…IU does not have any pure shooters, outside of EJ. This kid has a spot in IU’s rotation

  • Big A

    Kelin-

    I believe Roth plans to come to a decision well before Midnight Madness.

  • Big A

    Kelin-

    I believe Roth plans to come to a decision well before Midnight Madness.

  • Big A

    Kelin-

    I believe Roth plans to come to a decision well before Midnight Madness.

  • kelin

    Looking at the possibility of Roth coming to IU makes me think of the type of recruiting KS is doing. It would be great to have all 5 star players but that is NOT what gets it done in the NCAA. Lee Humphrey was the glue for Florida and he had one job….Shoot the Rock. Matt Roth would fit in great with the other guys coming in and what we would have returning.

  • kelin

    Looking at the possibility of Roth coming to IU makes me think of the type of recruiting KS is doing. It would be great to have all 5 star players but that is NOT what gets it done in the NCAA. Lee Humphrey was the glue for Florida and he had one job….Shoot the Rock. Matt Roth would fit in great with the other guys coming in and what we would have returning.

  • Q & A with another potential IU target — Kyle Kuric.

    http://www.hoosierhillshoops.com/kuric081307.aspx

  • Q & A with another potential IU target — Kyle Kuric.

    http://www.hoosierhillshoops.com/kuric081307.aspx

  • Q & A with another potential IU target — Kyle Kuric.

    http://www.hoosierhillshoops.com/kuric081307.aspx

  • sd hoosier

    Anybody know how good his defense is?

  • sd hoosier

    Anybody know how good his defense is?

  • sd hoosier

    Anybody know how good his defense is?

  • J.O.

    I grew up in Indiana idolizing Larry Bird & religiously following IU basketball beginning the mid’ 80’s and eventually moved to Peoria, IL where I currently reside.

    I’ve watched Matt Roth play about 6 times since he was a freshman. The last time I watched him was last March during the second round of the state tournament against Rock Island in Robertson Fieldhouse on Bradley’s campus.

    I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself but he hit two shots from about 10 feet inside the half court line….flat out bombs. After the second one, the PA announcer made a comment about Matt Roth hitting one “from the Riverfront”.

    I’ve never seen someone take shots, in the regular flow of the offense, as far out as he does. I can’t convey how impressed I’ve always been with his ability to stand and shoot.

    Although his shooting performance during the Rock Island game was noteworthy, what impressed me most were his misses. His shots are very soft. During the Rock Island game, his long shots would fall off the rim close to the basket. Remember how Alfor shot that low trajectory jumper that would come off hard…leading to fast breaks??

    One of his bomb misses, at the Rock Island game, came off the rim so close to the basket his teammate had an easy offensive rebound layin.

    I put him ahead of ANY shooter I’ve ever seen…Bird, Alford, Reggie Miller, Eric Gordon…this young man’s ability to stand and shoot is remarkable.

    Now the downside….from what I’ve seen of him, I don’t believe he’ll be a threat to score off the dribble due to a lack of strength & quickness. His lack of quickness will also cause problems defensively. At 6’3″, I’m concerned if he’ll be able to stay with the national championship caliber guards he’ll be playing against. I’m confident Sampsons insistence on defensive toughness will help him in that area.

    Unless he’s changed in the last 5 months, Matt is also physically weak. That never bodes well in the Big Ten. But there is absolutely no question that he will extend any defense he plays against. You’ve got to trail this kid around from 30 feet in or you’ll give up 9 in three trips down the floor.

    If IU can get him, he’ll be great in transition or when defenses start collapsing on Holman, Thomas & hopefully Zeller.

  • J.O.

    I grew up in Indiana idolizing Larry Bird & religiously following IU basketball beginning the mid’ 80’s and eventually moved to Peoria, IL where I currently reside.

    I’ve watched Matt Roth play about 6 times since he was a freshman. The last time I watched him was last March during the second round of the state tournament against Rock Island in Robertson Fieldhouse on Bradley’s campus.

    I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen it myself but he hit two shots from about 10 feet inside the half court line….flat out bombs. After the second one, the PA announcer made a comment about Matt Roth hitting one “from the Riverfront”.

    I’ve never seen someone take shots, in the regular flow of the offense, as far out as he does. I can’t convey how impressed I’ve always been with his ability to stand and shoot.

    Although his shooting performance during the Rock Island game was noteworthy, what impressed me most were his misses. His shots are very soft. During the Rock Island game, his long shots would fall off the rim close to the basket. Remember how Alfor shot that low trajectory jumper that would come off hard…leading to fast breaks??

    One of his bomb misses, at the Rock Island game, came off the rim so close to the basket his teammate had an easy offensive rebound layin.

    I put him ahead of ANY shooter I’ve ever seen…Bird, Alford, Reggie Miller, Eric Gordon…this young man’s ability to stand and shoot is remarkable.

    Now the downside….from what I’ve seen of him, I don’t believe he’ll be a threat to score off the dribble due to a lack of strength & quickness. His lack of quickness will also cause problems defensively. At 6’3″, I’m concerned if he’ll be able to stay with the national championship caliber guards he’ll be playing against. I’m confident Sampsons insistence on defensive toughness will help him in that area.

    Unless he’s changed in the last 5 months, Matt is also physically weak. That never bodes well in the Big Ten. But there is absolutely no question that he will extend any defense he plays against. You’ve got to trail this kid around from 30 feet in or you’ll give up 9 in three trips down the floor.

    If IU can get him, he’ll be great in transition or when defenses start collapsing on Holman, Thomas & hopefully Zeller.

  • kelin

    J.O. that is good info. I think KS can help his strength ofcourse and if Tom Cloverdale can play Big 10 bball, I know Roth can. I love Cloverdale by the way but boy was he slow

  • kelin

    J.O. that is good info. I think KS can help his strength ofcourse and if Tom Cloverdale can play Big 10 bball, I know Roth can. I love Cloverdale by the way but boy was he slow

  • kelin

    J.O. that is good info. I think KS can help his strength ofcourse and if Tom Cloverdale can play Big 10 bball, I know Roth can. I love Cloverdale by the way but boy was he slow

  • Tyler

    Coverdale******

  • Tyler

    Coverdale******

  • Tyler

    Coverdale******

  • kelin

    Cloverdale is his cousin I always get them mixed up

  • kelin

    Cloverdale is his cousin I always get them mixed up

  • sd hoosier

    Thanks for the insight, J.O. As long as he’s willing to play defense under Sampson, I’m sure he’ll be fine at the college level.

    It’s one thing to be considered better than Bird or Reggie or Alford, but if he could be Kyle Hornsby, that would be pretty sweet, especially if he’s likely to stay 4 should he come to IU.

  • sd hoosier

    Thanks for the insight, J.O. As long as he’s willing to play defense under Sampson, I’m sure he’ll be fine at the college level.

    It’s one thing to be considered better than Bird or Reggie or Alford, but if he could be Kyle Hornsby, that would be pretty sweet, especially if he’s likely to stay 4 should he come to IU.

  • kelin

    Roth if you happen to logon to this website a few questions for you…….

    When was the last time you saw Bradley or SLU on tv?

    Combine the number of championship banners of SLU and Bradley. Now take that number and compare it to IU?

    Final question…..Seriously, are you just being nice to the other schools and when do you plan to break their hearts and tell them you are coming to IU…we love shooters kid.

  • kelin

    Roth if you happen to logon to this website a few questions for you…….

    When was the last time you saw Bradley or SLU on tv?

    Combine the number of championship banners of SLU and Bradley. Now take that number and compare it to IU?

    Final question…..Seriously, are you just being nice to the other schools and when do you plan to break their hearts and tell them you are coming to IU…we love shooters kid.

  • kelin

    Roth if you happen to logon to this website a few questions for you…….

    When was the last time you saw Bradley or SLU on tv?

    Combine the number of championship banners of SLU and Bradley. Now take that number and compare it to IU?

    Final question…..Seriously, are you just being nice to the other schools and when do you plan to break their hearts and tell them you are coming to IU…we love shooters kid.

  • Zach Root

    Man he hits them in guys faces and isnt afraid of someone in his grill is what impresses me but it looks like he needs to work a little more on his drive to keep the D off guard

  • Zach Root

    Man he hits them in guys faces and isnt afraid of someone in his grill is what impresses me but it looks like he needs to work a little more on his drive to keep the D off guard

  • Ricardo

    You’re right, Kelin – 5 star players are great but it’s the role players who win championships.

    This kid looks great, and that’s one thing we’ve always had until recently…sharp shooters. In fact I think Pat Graham was the last pure sniper that IU had…hopefully that will change soon! 🙂

  • Ricardo

    You’re right, Kelin – 5 star players are great but it’s the role players who win championships.

    This kid looks great, and that’s one thing we’ve always had until recently…sharp shooters. In fact I think Pat Graham was the last pure sniper that IU had…hopefully that will change soon! 🙂