November 3, 2010

Roquemore Looks Forward to Freshman Season, Playing in Front of his Family

By Carolyn Linck, '11

In the beginning of July incoming freshman Evan Roquemore, didn't know where he would be attending college.  Playing in the AAU circuit and hoping to sign with a Division I school by the end of the summer, Roquemore was unsure where his future lied.  That all changed on July 26 when Roquemore signed with Santa Clara University.

"I decided to come to Santa Clara, got on a plane and started summer school the next day," said Roquemore.  "I wanted to come here.  The coaches had steadily recruited me throughout high school, and I knew I wanted to stay on the West coast."

Staying relatively close to his home in Las Vegas, Nev., was a large factor in Roquemore's decision-making process.

"It was important for me to pick a school where my family would be able to see me play as much as possible," explained Roquemore.  "They are definitely what I'm going to miss the most about home this year.  Playing at SCU I know they'll be at all the games we have in Southern California. Plus they'll be at the tournament we're playing in Vegas over Thanksgiving and the WCC Tournament in March.  They're coming up for our first game too."

Roquemore's parents, who are both middle school basketball coaches, will get to see their son in his first taste of collegiate action.  Though Roquemore is anxious for his first game, he says he won't be nervous.

"I feel like when you're nervous that means you're not prepared, you're scared.  That's not me.  I haven't experienced it yet, so I'm not sure exactly what to expect, but I'm not afraid, more anxious than anything."

Indeed, Roquemore feels he is adjusting to college life well both on and off the court.

"Being here this summer really helped with everything," said Roquemore. "I got used to the campus and workouts. It was fun to get to know the other guys.  There are 17 of us and we all really get along. It's great to be a part of a group where everyone is looking out for one another and is there if you need them."

In particular, senior Troy Payne has helped Roquemore in his adjustment to Santa Clara life and basketball.

"Troy has helped me out a lot since I've been here – running errands with me, in the class we had together, and on the court.  During workouts he might talk to me on the side, explain mistakes I'm making or show me how to do something new or better. He's like the older brother I never had."

Taking the advice from Payne and other older players to heart, Roquemore hopes he will be able to add to the Broncos right away.

"Even though I'm a freshman I want to be able to contribute as much as possible and be a leader when it's needed.  When our team needs strength and leadership on the court I want to be there."

Roquemore, who believes the Broncos can contend for the WCC title and make it to the NCAA Tournament this season, will start his collegiate career this Fri., Nov. 5, in an exhibition game against CSU Maritime in the Leavey Center.  Santa Clara will open the regular season a week later on Fri., Nov. 12, in the Leavey Center against CSU Bakersfield.