Michigan State's Roe gives up basketball

Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM
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EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Delvon Roe, a member of the Michigan State basketball team the last three seasons, said Thursday he would not play during his senior year.

A degenerative knee condition that caused him to play in pain forced Roe to give up the sport. He played in 109 games with the Spartans and started 73 of them, helping Michigan State win back-to-back Big Ten titles and twice reach the Final Four.

"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," Roe said. "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."

"I feel bad for Delvon because I know how much basketball means to him," Coach Tom Izzo said. "It's a shame that most Spartans never got to see the player I recruited. And yet he found a way to contribute and be a valuable part of two Final Fours and Big Ten Championships just by his will and desire."

Roe will remain on scholarship and is on pace to graduate this spring.

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