Roschon Prince – Profile

Posted: July 17, 2012 by DeadBefore50 in 2013, Basketball
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Roschon Prince, 6-5, SF, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2013: Prince is a junkyard dog who will give you a little bit of everything as a versatile combo forward. He’s a high-level athlete that will block shots, defend the wing of post, run the floor and is also capable of pushing the break himself and making a play offensively. Corey Albertson,





Roschon Prince scored in double figures in each of Long Beach Poly’s 32 games (’11-’12) and recorded 10 double-doubles. According to, Prince led the nation in free throw attempts (384) and free throws made (264) last season. His game is an aggressive and physical one and he thrives in fighting thru traffic in route to the hoop. Alongside teammate and fellow Rivals 4-star Jordan Bell, Prince led the ’11-’12 Jackrabbits to the California State CIF championship game (54-52 loss to Bullard) and went for 21 and 10 in the heartbreaking defeat. Although 7 Seniors graduated off the ’11-’12 squad, built around Prince and Bell, much is expected of the Southern California powerhouse. With Prince on the roster LB Poly is a stunning 88-10, has captured 3 League titles, and has made been ranked nationally each of the last 2 seasons. An accomplished Wide Receiver for the Poly football squad, Prince recently decided to wrap his gridiron career and train 100% of his athletic focus to the hardwood.

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Prince’s greatest strength may be his strength, or at least his ability to absorb and score thru contact. The Free Throw Attempts not only offer easy points, they also tend to leave opponents in precarious foul situations. Prince registered 694 points last season, 264 (or 38%) of which came from the line. Equally impressive as is Prince’s offensive ability is his ability to dominate at the defensive end. Widely rated one of the top defenders on the West Coast, Prince was credited with (2.1) Steals per game last season and routinely found himself pitted against the opponents top scorer. As mentioned, Prince is Poly’s top scorer and is an efficient offensive threat. Although a majority of Prince’s scoring comes from inside the key (2pt FG 58%), his outside game is beginning to take shape. Not yet a consistent threat from 3pt range (’11-’12, 20 for 75, 27%), Prince continues putting in work in an attempt to round out his game. The 6’5 Forward appears most comfortable down on the blocks relying on strength and a nice touch to get over on his defender. Although he doesn’t possess jump out of the building hops, he is capable of playing above the rim and draws frequent “and 1” opportunities in transition and off put-backs. Prince logged 244 Rebounds last season at an average of 7.6 per game. An impressive 105 (43%) of the rebounds came on the offensive end and led to many of the aforementioned put-back and “and 1” opportunities. In an eight game stretch to end the season (including the Playoffs) Prince registered an impressive 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, and attempted a ridiculous 111 free throws (13.9 per game). In a recent 20 game AAU/EYBL stretch Prince led his squad with 16.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest while averaging less than 27 minutes per game.

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Elite in getting to the free throw line, Prince has yet to achieve that status in converting his attempts. Prince connected on 60% of his ’10-’11 attempts and saw some improvement as he bumped to 69% in ’11-’12. At just 75% Prince would have seen his PPG move from 21.7 to 22.5, and a move to 80% takes his scoring above the 23/game mark. There’s value in forcing a defender/opponent into Fouls, but that’s mitigated when you fail to capitalize on your trips to the line. While teammate Jordan Bell was credited with 151 blocks last season, Prince was credited with a surprisingly low 5. In fact, that total is low enough to cause me to doubt its validity. My doubt was all but erased when I reviewed the aforementioned 2012 EYBL stats and found Prince to have been credited with just 2 during the 20 game run. Prince is a high-level man-to-man defender and a solid rebounder, but may simply lack the timing of proficient shot blockers. Although the jumper is gaining in consistency, the play behind the arc remains very much a work in progress. At just 27% (20 for 75, ’11-’12) Prince took a step back in 3PT efficiency on the heels of a 32% mark in ’10-’11. Success beyond the arc may just not be in the cards. A 15% (5 for 34) showing in the 2012 EYBL appear to reinforce that supposition.

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If Roschon Prince doesn’t make another adjustment/improvement I expect he’d have a productive career at the D1 level. His physicality, high-level defense, and ability to score and rebound all but guarantee significant playing time and some individual success. My projection has him in the 12-14 point and 5-6 rebound range at the level of most high major programs. If, however, Prince adds 6-8% to his Free Throw rate, develops consistency out to 17-18 feet, and maintains his physicality at the collegiate level, Prince should prove an impact level player just about anywhere he chooses. I love his eagerness to play thru and often initiate contact, and there’s few in the country who can single-handedly force an opponent into Foul trouble to Prince’s level. With the listed improvements I would expect Prince in the 16-18+ point and 6.5-7.6 rebound range and eventual All-Conference consideration(s). My best guess has Roschon Prince inking with Coach Steve Fisher and the San Diego State Aztecs. Fisher and staff have built the SDSU program on a foundation of athletic, long, and aggressive Guards and Forwards along the lines of Kawhi Leonard, Billy White, and most recently Winston Shepard. Prince appears to fit that mold to a tee. That being said, I beleive his recruitment remains active and there are a handful of schools which remain in the picture. Arizona, Arizona State, and USC have offered, and there’s little doubt UCLA makes it interesting if they choose to jump into the mix.

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  1. Aztecpaulg says:

    Definitely hope he finds his way to SDSU. As colleges go more towards AAU styles of play, (see UNC, Arizona, UNLV as examples) teams that play defense will be able to separate themselves. SDSU has always been defense first under Coach Fisher. Adding Prince would be a great way to keep that emphasis. Every team talks defense, but only a couple actually live it.

  2. Aztecpaulg says:

    Yep, throw in Jordan Bell and Dakarai Allen and SDSU would continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country.

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