Baylor forward to visit Wildcats

Baylor power forward Lawrence Roberts is considering a transfer from the troubled Baylor Basketball program. Roberts will visit Arizona and Mississippi State before he decides whether or not to transfer.

Roberts is a 6-9 power forward from Houston who has ties to Arizona assistant Josh Pastner. Roberts played one tournament in Portland for the Houston Hoops, an AAU team run by Josh's father Hal. However, he played most of his school AAU basketball for Wayne Johnson. Roberts was a third-team All-Big 12 selection last season and was named to the 50-man Wooden Award watch list. Last season he averaged 15.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg for the 14-14 Bears.

Although he has not said for certain that he would transfer, Roberts was released from his scholarship last week. Baylor's basketball program is in disarray after the shooting death of 6-10 junior center Patrick Dennehey. Another former Baylor player, Carlton Dotson, Jr., has been charged with Dennehey's murder. In addition head coach Dave Bliss resigned last week, admitting to NCAA violations at the school that came to light from the investigation following the player's death.

Roberts will be visiting Mississippi State this weekend and is expected to be in Tucson next Tuesday evening. He'll tour the UA campus Wednesday and Thursday and return to Houston.

Roberts has said that he could stay at Baylor as well, depending on who the new coach is and how the visits go. He must make a decision soon because school starts at Arizona and Baylor on August 25th.

As of now the junior would have to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules. However, due to the situation at Baylor the NCAA could waive the rule. Last season the NCAA did just such a thing for current Wildcat Andre Iguodala. Iguodala originally signed a Letter Of Intent with Arkansas, but then backed out after the controversial termination of head coach Nolan Richardson.

If Roberts can play right away he'd add much needed size and experience to the Wildcat front line. The Cats are very thin up front, with only Isaiah Fox and Channing Frye having D-I experience. The only other post players on the roster are freshmen Chris Dunn and Kirk Walters. The Cats took a hit to the rotation when Denis Latimore transferred to Notre Dame and incoming freshman Ndudi Ebi opted to enter the NBA Draft.

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