Texas freshman Kerwin Roach visits the top of the backboard

When Texas freshman guard Kerwin Roach Jr. jumps, people pay attention.

That’s what happens when one wins Texas high school back-to-back state triple jump gold medals, including a jump of 50-feet, 6.25-inches as a senior.

The No. 47 ranked prospect in the class of 2015 and former North Shore High two-sport star is now offering up jaw dropping jumps of a different kind. On Tuesday, the 6-foot-3 wiry freshman took to Twitter to show off his elite athleticism.


Roach’s ultra impressive leap took off fast among Texas and basketball fans to the tune of over 2,800 retweets after Roach initially posted a still shot touching the top of the backboard as a teaser.


In an attempt to help readers be able to break it down, without the help of Sport Science and John Brenkus, Roach stands 6-foot-3 with a wingspan of 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5. The top of the backboard is 13-feet. He can jump really high!

Roach Jr. is one of three freshmen at Texas, along with guard Eric Davis and wing/forward Tevin Mack, that are expected to play significant roles for the Longhorns in Shaka Smart’s first season in Austin.

Texas returns point guard Isaiah Taylor, along with veteran guards Demarcus Holland, Javan Felix and Kendal Yancy to go with the talented trio of freshmen. The first look at the Longhorns under Shaka Smart in game action is Nov. 6 with an exhibition against Tarleton State. The first look at Roach Jr.'s special athleticism is in then books.