Michigan State forward Delvon Roe has decided to end his basketball career as a Spartan due to degenerative knee pain. During a press conference today held with head coach Tom Izzo and Roe, Izzo said
“We’ve built our program at Michigan State on toughness, and I’ve never had a player who played through more pain than Delvon. I feel bad for Delvon, because I know how much basketball means to him.”
Roe talked with the media saying, “”This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. 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 finished by saying, “I will always be a Spartan. The support of everyone in the University and the fan base has left an impression that will last a lifetime. It remains my goal to walk across the court on senior night.”
Roe will stay under scholorship for the Spartans and will remain around the basketball program as he finishes his degree.