Global Squad alum, Bobby Roche made it official this past week. He will spend the 2014-15 academic school year playing basketball for IMG Academy. Bobby will have a chance to train with and play for a program whose alumni includes Michael Beasley, Earl Clark, Renaldo Balkman, and Eric Dampier. The coming year of basketball development will really help Bobby get his game to the next level.
Bobby joins IMG Academy after finishing up a remarkable high school career at Shanghai American School (SAS). While at SAS, Bobby won 2 APAC Championships (’11, ’13). During the 2013-14 season Bobby led the team in nearly every statistical category, was named team MVP, and led SAS to a 2nd place finish at APAC.
Bobby was also a 3-year member of the Global Squad. He first arrived to the program as a freshmen and like many young players had a long way to go before reaching his dream of playing college basketball. The main obstacle was that Bobby stood 6-feet tall and his primary position was power forward. That combination is never going to excite many high school coaches, let alone coaches at the college level. Bobby also didn’t have much of a jump shot and his ball-handling skills were lacking. Fortunately Bobby did have two attributes that fell decisively in his favor. First, was Bobby’s defense and second his work ethic.
When it came to defending, Bobby was fearless, tenacious, and tough no matter who he matched up against. Even as a freshmen, Bobby was able to guard every position on the floor with the exception of Center. When his first season with the Global Squad ended, Bobby returned to Shanghai. There he showed off a tireless work ethic. He went from being a kid with a college basketball pipe-dream into a young man with real potential.
For 3-years Bobby constantly worked on his game and tore up the weight room. By the summer of 2013 Bobby looked like a true college basketball prospect. He was no longer a drastically undersized power forward. Instead he was a shooting guard, who could create his own shot, handle under pressure, and could still lock-down the best player on the other team. This attracted the attention of many college coaches, including University of California – Santa Cruz, Cal Tech, St. Olaf College, and Bard College, to name a few.
Bobby is currently Global Squad’s all-time leader in games played (58) and career steals (99). He also ranks 1st in steals in a season (39), steals per game in a season (2.3), and assist to turnover ratio in a season (3.2). He also ranks second in career rebounds (214), and career assists (119).
We’re excited to keep everyone updated on Bobby’s progress at IMG Academy. No doubt he’ll continue to work hard and attract the attention of even more college coaches. The 3-year transformation was a lot of fun to watch, but we think the best is yet to come.