Kerwin Roach Jr. #12 of the Texas Longhorns dunks the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Frank Erwin Center on February 27, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

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Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr. named one of college basketball’s ‘breakout players’ for 2016-17

Posted September 28th, 2016


With all the talk about Texas’ loaded freshman class, it’s easy to forget the Longhorns have other talented young players ready to break out in 2016-17.

CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander hasn’t forgotten about Kerwin Roach Jr. — naming the sophomore shooting guard on his list of potential “breakout players” this season.

Here’s what Norlander had to say about Roach, who at this point is mostly known for his dunking ability:


Crazy athlete who will have more opportunities to touch the ball this season. We’ve already seen how great he is at flying. Roach averaging double figures in scoring and seeing north of 25 minutes per game is what he’s on pace for. Texas is going to be a very fun team, and Roach is a big part of that. He won’t be UT’s most important player, but he might be the most dynamic.

Roach made waves last year when he posterized a UT-Arlington big man with one of the dunks of the season. He also built excitement when a video surfaced of him touching the top of the backboard.

Roach continued building his highlight reel this summer, when he posted video of another dunk he threw down in practice.ย Anytime he gets near the basket, watch out. Here’s another one:

If you’re wondering why freshman phenom Jarrett Allen didn’t appear on Norlander’s list, don’t worry. The list is comprised totally of returning players who have yet to play major roles on their respective teams. CBS Sports has plenty of confidence in Allen and the rest of the Longhorns’ recruiting class.

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