Heading into the spring prior to his junior season, Justin Roberts didn’t anticipate having to rehab an ACL injury to his left knee. But that’s exactly what the 5-foot-10 lead guard endured.
Fast-forward over a year later and Roberts, the son of Kansas assistant Norm Roberts, is fully recovered from the injury and excelling at Lawrence (Kans.) High, averaging 23 points and five assists a game.
“It’s definitely tough because we’ve had some games back to back and that’s when it tightens up the most on me,” Roberts said about coming back from the injury.
“But for the most part it hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be,” he added. “I’ve had a lot of strength and confidence in myself.”
Prior to the injury, Roberts, who played for KC Run GMC, was on the radar of top tier mid-major programs and some high major schools because of his high IQ, passing and ability to shoot. Roberts said his game has progressed since then.
“When I’m at my best I’m being aggressive,” Roberts told Scout. “I’m playing great defense. It’s when I most hyped. I’m just really looking out for my teammates, passing the ball well and shooting the ball with confidence. When I’m focused and playing well, I just play as a true point guard.”
Recruiting wise, Roberts holds scholarship offers from UMKC, Toledo, Drake, LeHigh and Loyola Maryland. He also has interest from UC-Davis, Bradley, MTSU, VCU and DePaul.
“It’s going pretty well so far,” he said of the process. “It kind of slowed down a little bit, but I think it’s going well.”
Thus far, Roberts has taken an official visit to Drake and unofficial visit to UMKC. He also set up an official to Toledo the weekend of February 13th.