"Peeper" Headed To Gainesville
PG Anthony Roberson finally stopped flirting and made a commitment. Roberson, BCH's No. 2 point guard heading into the summer, committed to the Florida Gators over the weekend.
"I needed to sit down and talk to my family and follow my heart to where I really wanted to go," Roberson said. "I guess the big thing was my having trust in coach and being comfortable. I think the situation fits me perfectly with the up-tempo style and getting out and running and pressing and having fun."
Before Roberson committed to Florida, Tom Izzo and the Spartans made one final push to keep "Peeper" home. "They made it hard, but in the end you just have to go wherever you feel most comfortable."
Roberson can now go to adidas Camp with a clear mind and will focus on one big goal. "I want to win the Big Time; that's my main goal," Roberson said. A few years ago, before Roberson joined the team coached by Chris Grier, Jason Richardson helped the squad win the Big Time. That's the path Roberson wants to take this summer.
Meanwhile, Florida is sitting on a commitment from another McDonald's All-American. Roberson's talent and style mesh well with the Gators extremely well.
How was Florida able to land Roberson? Well, for starters, Michigan State has Marcus Taylor at the point. On some level, that had to factor into the equation. Taylor may or may not be ready to take the plunge to the NBA by the time Roberson would have arrived on campus.
Duke, Roberson's sentimental favorite, did not produce a scholarship offer when he visited campus. Had the Blue Devils put an offer on the table things would have gotten real interesting in a hurry.
Cincinnati, had former assistant coach Mick Cronin still been on the staff, may have factored into the equation a little stronger. When Cronin left for Louisville, UC's chances took a hit. Remember, at one time last year, there were rumblings that the Bearcats were right at the top of the list.
Michigan basically took itself out of the running when it received a commitment from TX PG Daniel Horton. In retrospect, it was a great move for the Wolverines because they landed Horton and probably would have been on the outside looking in with Roberson.