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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Julian Roper picks Northwestern

By: , May 4, 2020, 3:10 pm

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s shooting guard Julian Roper announced Monday he was headed to Northwestern University, to play for Chris Collins’ crew.

The 6-foot-3, 183-pound Roper chose the Wildcats from among 10 offers, including Wisconsin — where this year’s teammate, Lorne Bowman, is headed — Alabama, DePaul, Illinois, Iowa, Miami (OH), Missouri, Ohio State and Toledo. 

Roper ranks as a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, the fourth-highest ranked player in Michigan’s 2021 class, and ranked the No. 28 shooting guard in the nation. 

“It’s been a long journey. But it’s only the beginning,” Roper said in a video posted to his Instagram account Monday. 

“I want to thank God for giving me the gifts, talent and ability to reach this point in my life. I want to thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches for all the support over the years. Next, I want to thank my brother and sister for being my No. 1 fans. I would also like to thank all of the coaches that have taken the time to recruit me. Finally, I would like to thank my parents for their countless sacrifices. Without them, I wouldn’t be the player or the person I am today. With that being said, I am excited to announce I’ll be continuing my academic and athletic career at Northwestern University.”

Roper helped lead the Eaglets to a Catholic League championship, and a berth in the district championships when the winter postseasons were halted. He earned honorable mention Division 1 all-state honors from the Associated Press. 

He’ll join Clarkston center Matt Nicholson, a member of Northwestern’s 2020 recruiting class, in Evanston, Ill., in the fall of 2021. 

— MATTHEW B. MOWERY