Michigan State forward Delvon Roe has had a career plagued with knee injuries, and it was just last month that he severely sprained an ankle that has kept him out of workouts. The health and effectiveness of the 6-foot-8 senior will be a big factor in the Spartans trying to rebound off an uneven season that disappointed many in East Lansing.
This offseason, Roe is also preparing for a possible career in acting and was on a movie set in Ann Arbor after landing a role in the upcoming film "AWOL." According to Variety, the Vietnam War-era film stars such young actors as Liam Hemsworth, Austin Stowell and Aimee Teegarden.
Stowell stars as a young soldier in Vietnam who gets dumped by his hometown girl, played by Teegarden. Hemsworth plays his best friend who joins him in going AWOL. Together, they return to the States to win her back.
Being in a movie has allowed Roe, who averaged 6.1 points and 5 rebounds as a junior, to get a taste of what it's like to be part of young Hollywood. He's participating in car chase scenes, got his own personalized director's chair, and had the paparazzi take photos of him. Roe even reached a newfound sense of celebrity when Miley Cyrus, Hemsworth's girlfriend, began following him on Twitter.
All of this is an incredible opportunity for Roe, a theater major who has experienced the pressure of playing in the Final Four, to use what Michigan State taught him and act in a film set on the Michigan campus.
As teammate Draymond Green told USA Today last year while Roe was participating in a Shakespearean production, "He really does love it. I'm happy for him. If basketball doesn't work out, he has acting."