Detroit Country Day freshman Julian Roper has hit the ground running during his first season of High School basketball. Hit the jump for a breakdown of the talented guard’s game and an early look at his recruitment.

The 6’2 guard has been on a tear in the early part of the schedule, averaging over 20 points per game through five contests.

“I feel I’ve played well so far. I’ve had several strong performance,” Roper told Endless Motor.

Julian is an extremely skilled and versatile prospect that can slide to either guard spot. As a scorer, he’s tremendous at creating separation off the dribble before rising over his defender to bury midrange jumpers and finishing through contact. While he’s a potent scorer, his ability to create easy baskets for others really separates him as a shooting/combo-guard. Roper is an extremely advanced passer that consistently finds teammates on dumpoffs once the secondary defender commits to cutting off his driving lane.

“I would say my biggest strengths are the 15 foot pull up, getting to the basket and finishing strong or dropping it off.”

Still in the infancy stages of his recruitment, the freshman is getting looks from prominent B10 programs and a handful of other schools in the Midwest.

“Michigan, Michigan State, Oakland, University of Detroit, Cleveland State, CMU, and Temple are all showing interest.”

While Julian has no visits planned in the immediate future, he was able to take in a few schools recently.

“I’ve already visited Michigan and Michigan State. I would like to visit schools such as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina as well.”

For now Roper is strictly focused on the basketball court and getting his Yellowjacket squad to the State Finals.

“I’m looking to improve my ball handling, three point shooting and finishing stronger. My goals for this year are to be All State and make it to the Breslin.”

We really like Julian as a shot creating guard with lethal scoring ability that has great spatial awareness and vision. He initially impressed in August at our Level Up Elite 80 camp where he was the only freshman to make the Top 20 game. His ability to get buckets and absorb contact against prospects 3-4  years his senior was impressive and his fast start comes as no surprise.


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