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Kline’s Line: Tyler Roberson Rocks Syracuse Socks, Adds to Impact Class

SU will enter the ACC with an absolutely stacked freshman class.

Heading into the week, the popular belief was that 4-star combo forward Tyler Roberson was bound for Villanova. On Friday night, he flashed a grey Syracuse hooded-sweatshirt on ESPNU to signify his commitment.

This comes on the heels of a fresh class of four dynamic high school seniors inking with the Orange. SU will enter the ACC with an absolutely stacked freshman class. Roberson, a 6’8″ recruit from Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, will be the fifth, but possibly not the last, pledge in 2013. He spoke to The Fizz following the announcement.

“I had a good relationship with the coaches. It felt like the right school after visiting. I’ll fit in with the zone defense, and on offense.”

Roberson brings a lot to the table, His length and versatility work perfectly on defense as he can guard players in the post, rebound and defend on the perimeter. On offense, he has the tools to be a star if he can develop all angles of his game.

He can go inside, but needs to get stronger. The forward needs to work on his skills at the small forward position, since his jumper and ball handling have to improve before he becomes a full-time small forward. His ultimate goal is to be a small forward in the NBA, something that his coaches believe could happen after at least three years in college.

As far as expectations go, Roberson tells The Fizz he is trying just focus on the here and now.

“I will play combo forward there. With regards to playing time, it depends how I work and how strong I get. It’s up to me on playing time. I think I can contribute to the team and help out.”

When did Roberson actually decide on Syracuse? According to his mother, he stuck with his gut feeling from the beginning of his recruitment. But he struggled to decide as there were so many strong options available.

“Early on this week I knew it would be Syracuse. All of the schools recruiting me were really good schools. I liked Villanova a lot. It was really hard to not go to either them or Kansas.”

With the decision out of the way, and a potentially huge senior year in front of him, Roberson has a few goals before getting to SU. Once he gets to campus, he is looking forward to getting to know his classmates and experiencing the Orange pride on the Hill.

“The students on campus are really nice. It was just a good atmosphere. The fans really follow their sports and love Coach Boeheim.”

As for the sixth potential commitment of the class, the Orange will now focus on 2013 Montverde Academy (FL) center Dakari Johnson, a New York native who visited Syracuse in the fall. If they can land him – along with Chinonso Obokoh, Tyler Ennis, Ron Patterson, B.J. Johnson and Tyler Roberson – this class has to rank among the best in recent memory for the Orange.

Posted: Alex Kline

9 Comments on this Post

  1. Jameson44

    ESPN has this class ranked at 7 now and all the analysts seem to like what this class has done for Syracuses future… Go figure I kept hearing that JB failed this year because all the time he spent with team USA. Once again the coach has proven to be smarter than his critics. But someone will still cry because four stars is more than three and five stars are more than four and Kentucky this and Kentucky that. This is a great pick up and the future is bright for Syracuse BB.

  2. Can’t wait to see this class, along with upperclassmen. Bring on the ACC!!

  3. With the current lineup and what is coming into the program its impossible not to think that a national championship will be following relatively soonBGoth2013 and2014 are both good years for that to happen. They might also signal the retirement of Jimmy so that he goes out big.All aspects of the team is a high end qualityScoring defensive height for the zone. Outside three point capability and ball handing skill.

  4. Cuse Don't Luse

    I agree Chris we need to take Kentucky durning one of their non dominance years there is no reason we can’t win this year or either of the next 2

  5. BrianP1980

    Alex, some websites have Syracuse still recruiting Andrew Wiggins; yet some other websites indicate either Syracuse is no longer pursuing Wiggins or Wiggins is no longer considering Syracuse. You mentioned Dakari Johnson as the only remaining target in this class. What information do you have that leads you to believe Wiggins is no longer an option for Syracuse?

  6. @BrianP1980, Check out Zagsblog. Wiggins didn’t even list us in his interview yesterday. I would be shocked if its not UK or FSU. I think the dark horse in that race is UNC. I could see Randle and Wiggins making their own super group their.

    @Jameson44, I think all I said about UK was that this class could have been on par /w what UK had. Espn ranks the class 7th but rivals and scout who both have been in the recruiting game longer don’t have them that high. I never said it was a bad class anyways. I just made the point we brought in guys that need time to develop when we really did not need to b/c better recruits out their had a lot of interest still. Also we might have hurt our chances /w whitehead and maybe even Isaiah Briscoe who might now reclassify to the 14 class.

    Anyways clown when was the last time a mid-major won a NC? Stars matter. You need the big time guys to come play for you or u wont win a NC. College bball has changed and your statements you made here and in the other thread just show how outta touch /w CBB you are. Do us all a favor sign off an never come back.

  7. Jameson44

    Enlighten me Carlton… Assuming everyone that can come back does come back next year how would bringing in a bunch of guys that view themselves as one and done work next year? Who out of the returning players sits? Cause the way i see it is we lose Triche we get Ennis we lose Southerland we get Roberson and the other three can develop. I highly doubt that turns Syracuse into a mid major level program. If Christmas bolts they can still make a run at Dakari. We lose Fair next year we got McCullough we lose MCW we probably get Whitehead if he really wants to wear Orange. College Basketball has changed a lot over the last 30 years and somehow Syracuse has managed to win 800 + games in that time frame.

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