Not many recruits are as family oriented as Tyler Roberson. The 2013 combo forward is boasted by the strong love from his parents, Carla and Edmon, as well as his siblings. So it makes perfect sense they picked a week from Saturday to visit Syracuse – Family Weekend.
The Roselle Catholic (NJ) product also plays for the New Jersey Roadrunners AAU team and will take his trip to CNY on October 5th as he looks to find the right school.
There’s strong competition for the Orange, as Kentucky and Kanas have both offered as well. So has SMU, Villanova, and Rutgers. A consensus top-30 senior, Roberson used his first official visit Larry Brown at SMU this coming weekend and is scheduled to use his third official visit to Lawrence and KU the weekend after his Syracuse trip.
While some believe Roberson doesn’t have a true position at the forward spot yet, Syracuse is the school that really fits the type of player he is. At 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, Roberson would ultimately be turned into a small forward for the Orange. He can also play in the post and has a lot of versatility to him as well since he can run the floor and handle the ball. While they were different types of players than him in high school, a source close to the Roberson family told The Fizz that Syracuse is in the mix because of their history of developing wing forwards into NBA players. Kris Joseph, Donte Green and Wesley Johnson are all names that pop up as players who Roberson would have a similar role and body to at SU.
As these six schools have all had in-home visits with the Roberson family, a crucial part of this recruitment came last week when Kentucky coach John Calipari followed up a Roberson workout with an in-home visit that resulted in a scholarship offer being tossed his way. As comfort will be a major factor in his recruitment, don’t expect the Roselle Catholic (NJ) talent to bite at the offer simply because it’s Kentucky. In fact, he may even stay local with Rutgers and Villanova as major options.
As for future implications, one would expect a college decision to be made before his senior season of hoops starts in mid-November. As the process has heated up, and at times gotten a bit hectic, it should end within the next month and a half.
Posted: Alex Kline