Growing up in Las Vegas, Evan Roquemore watched some of the best UNLV basketball in recent history, including the 2007 team that made a Sweet-16 run.
“It (UNLV) was definitely a school that I would have liked to go to, but I think it worked out for the better,” he said. “I ended up in a great place, in a great position, with a coaching staff that loved to work with me.”
The 2010 Foothill high school graduate ended up at Santa Clara. The senior holds the school record for career assists, two spots ahead of Steve Nash.
Roquemore dished out four more assists and scored nine points against UNLV on Sunday night, but it wasn’t the exact picture-perfect scenario, as Santa Clara lost 92-71 in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.
“It definitely makes the situation not as sweet as it could be because we lost, but it’s still going to be one of my best college memories,” he said.
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It was the first time Roquemore played against his hometown team, and unless they face off somewhere down the line in the postseason, it will be the only time.
“Just the atmosphere of having the home crowd with people and familiar faces that you know, coaches that used to coach you and playing a good UNLV team you used to watch, it’s just a good experience, especially over the holidays,” he said.
The Broncos rebounded with a win over 66-65 victory over South Florida in the third place game on Monday night. Roquemore scored eight in the win.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, the holiday homecoming becomes complete, as Roquemore gets to spend time with his family before returning to his second home and back on the court.
STORY AND VIDEO BY BARRY WONG