2005 Focus: Chris Douglas-Roberts

He has been offered by at least eight high-major programs across the country, but 6-5 junior combo guard <b>Chris Douglas-Roberts</b> from Detroit says he wants to wait until summer to narrow his list...

Chris Douglas-Roberts, 6-5 JR CG, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical, is a prospect that has the potential to end the summer among the top 30 or so prospects in the country.

Roberts, who averaged 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists a game this season as a junior, played mostly off-guard for his high school team, but is projected by many college coaches as a point guard. Being 6-5 while good quickness and athleticism gives him great versatility and it could make him even more attractive to college coaches this summer. "Point guard is the position I feel comfortable playing," Douglas-Roberts said.

On the recruiting front, Douglas-Roberts said he's been offered by a slate of big-named schools. "Florida, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma have all offered me," he said. Arizona, Notre Dame, Louisville, Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgia, Purdue and others have also shown interest.

He declined to name a favorite, or even a list of favorites at this point. "I really don't honestly know. I'll wait until this summer and sit down with my coach and narrow it down to five. I have to do a lot of research. As the summer goes on, I'll learn more and get some favorites. I can't pick right now, especially if more schools are going to get involved in my recruiting."

He did say, though, that he'd like to save his five official visits for schools that are far away from home. "I really want to get out and see other schools," said Douglas-Roberts, who has already unofficially visited Michigan and Michigan State. When asked what schools he'd like to visit, he said, "Probably Kansas, and Florida. Maybe UCLA."

Why Kansas? "I just like Kansas's style of play. I like Coach (Bill) Self. He's a player's coach. They were one of the first schools to show strong interest."

He emphasized that he also liked Florida particularly. "(Assistant) Coach Ostrum came down to one of my games and offered right away. They're recruiting me to play point. I'm looking for a place I can come in and produce, somewhere I can have a chance to play. I think Florida is one of those schools."

About UCLA, Douglas-Roberts said, "My AAU teammate, Malik Hairston, talked to me about it. But I don't know if he's going there. I like (assistant) coach (Ernie) Zeigler."

Douglas-Roberts doesn't say he has many particular preferences about types of schools, "But I don't really care about staying close to home. That really doesn't matter."

When asked if he's learned anything from Hairston and his other AAU teammate Joe Crawford in recruiting, Douglas-Roberts said, "Yeah, to wait, take my time and weigh all my options. Joe took a really long time, and Malik hasn't even decided yet. I think it's good to weigh all your options."

Douglas-Roberts said he has a 2.8 overall GPA and will take the SAT in June for the first time.

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