The family Roberson has always been about competition. John Roberson played basketball collegiately at New Mexico State (1985-89) and professionally overseas for 12 years. Lisa Roberson played volleyball at New Mexico State (1985-89). Their daughters have all excelled as college athletes (Arielle at Colorado; Ashlee at Texas Tech and Amber at Texas).
However, the son and brother of the family, Andre, is making the big splash. At Colorado, he is an explosive athlete that is able to make a big impact on the game without having to score. Roberson has great length and leaping ability, and he doesn’t put either to waste. Blessed with an athletic frame that looks like it should hold a good amount of muscle. Roberson, a junior next season in Boulder, has a super-high motor and is an excellent overall defender. With added weight, he should be the kind of player that can defend three or four different positions due to his intensity and lateral quickness. (more…)
By Scott Hutson
NBA Draft Profile- Kendall Marshall
Position: Point Guard
Weight: 195 lbs
Birthdate: August 19, 1991
School: North Carolina
High School: Bishop O’Connel
Hometown: Dumfries, Virginia
By Tim Donohoo
To round out our 14 picks in this month’s NBA Draft we go with a pair of Tar Heels. Tyler Zeller, Carolina’s 7-foot center/power forward has the rare combination of size, athleticism and offensive tools for a center. The senior out of Washington, Indiana has good size and is very mobile.
Zeller is a decent leaper for a big man and has some speed. His jump hook from the right side can be unstoppable. Possesses a soft touch and can hit the jumper within an 18-foot range. He can play an up tempo NBA style of game. Averaged 16 points and nine rebounds for a North Carolina squad that lost to Kansas in Elite 8 action (St. Louis) at last spring’s NCAA Tournament. Hits on 55 percent of his shot attempts from the field and knocks down 80 percent from the stripe. (more…)
By C.E. Peterson
1) Louisville – Rick Pitino brought the Cardinals to the Final Four last year, but this year Louisville fans are going to be hoping for a bit more than that.
2) Indiana – They’re Back. Indiana fans have yearning for basketball prominence to return to Bloomington and it probably came a bit sooner than expected. Cody Zeller continues to get bigger and better and look for the sophomore big-man to try and get the Hoosiers banner number six. Too bad Calipari was too scared to let the Hoosiers come to Lexington.
3) Michigan – Trey Burke coming back was absolutely huge for the Wolverines, but they have a star studded recruiting class coming in, as well. The class, led by Glenn Robinson III should have a big impact next year in Ann Arbor. You might think this is a bit high for the Wolverines, but trust me on this one. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
A year ago expectations were super high for the North Carolina Tar Heels returning their starting five intact and rated No. 1 in the preseason polls. The Tar Heels fell one game short of the Final Four to Kansas in the Elite Eight. Coach Roy Williams must now replace his starting lineup with a new crop of talent. When you coach at North Carolina you can always expect to recruit top talent because playing at a storied program is an honor and privilege. Once again the Tar Heels landed four fantastic freshmen who should contribute in 2013. (more…)
By David Litster
John Calipari has managed to recruit the top ranked high school graduates in the country in Nerlens Noel. It remains to be seen just what impact this will have on college basketball, but there are some projections that can be made.
Noel has a history as a defensive powerhouse, but not as a pointmaker. The safe money, then, would be that he will be the center point of UK’s defense, but not necessarily of its offense, and my sense of the average fan’s opinion backs that up. Look for great defense from him, and a willingness to lift the team instead of inflating his own stats, and you aren’t likely to be disappointed in his contribution, but if that’s all he contributes, don’t look for another 38 win season. Kentucky has also recruited the top rated perimeter scorer in Archie Goodwin and the best low post scorer in Alex Poythress, but if the man with the big hair isn’t able to produce at the offensive end, at least enough to be considered a threat, the pressure on those two may successfully shut down UK a dozen times. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
Coming within one game of the Final Four a year ago, the Baylor Bears are poised to make another deep tournament run after delivering a tremendous recruiting class. Coach Scott Drew could have the full talent package in 2013 to get the Bears to their first Final Four since 1950. These five ballers only increase his chances this upcoming season.
Isaiah Austin- 7’0 Center rated the second best center is ready to impact the Bears immediately with his size, skills and athleticism. He will be a nightmare for opponents since Austin can run the floor, has a sweet shooting touch from anywhere on the court and defensively will be a major force blocking and altering shots. Has a chance to be special in 2013. (more…)
Melo, along with Chris Johnson (Dayton), Jarrod Jones (Ball State), Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State), Miles Plumlee (Duke) and Jonathon Simons (Houston), worked out for the Pacers on Tuesday. Indianapolis Star
Indiana officials would like to work out guard Evan Fournier of France one more time so Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird can evaluate him. Bird missed Fournier’s first workout because of a personal matter. The Pacers have the 26th overall pick Racine Journal-Times (more…)