The sturdy 6-10, 238 pound PF from Indiana showed off in the Friday evening game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, much to the liking of several hundred Duke fans who paid the admission to see him in action.
Running with the Heat -- he had plenty of help surrounding him but often simply let the offense flow through him on this night, much like former Arizona Wildcat, Luke Walton.
He showed how brilliant of a passer he was as he racked up seven assists in the opening game. Other highlights included an impressive two-handed FUNK in traffic that brought the house down. And an amazing touch pass in the lane to a cutting teammate as the defense closed in.
When one tries to describe McRoberts, the comparisons are just not easy.
He's doesn't have the offensive skill package of Shavlik Randolph, nor is he the beast on the boards that Shelden Williams is. He's not a big scorer and he's not a thoroughbred athlete, but what he is, however, is a lot of other things that you need to win games.
And then some.
For starters, he's a GREAT ball-handler for his size, an instinctive and accurate passer who reads the court shockingly well and his overall awareness is that of a coach's son. He sees things before they happen.
In fact -- he sees things that could happen. And then he makes them happen.
He plays both inside and out and really understands the concept of team ball. He's a player who knows that a win consists of five players beating five other players.
Look for McRoberts to come to Duke and make an impact pretty quickly. He's a four man who will be best suited playing with some slashers and another quality big man inside.
Those who were looking for McRoberts to swish deep jumpers, swat shots against the backboards and shake the rafters with dunks probably left disappointed.
But those with an open mind who focused on McRoberts and how he'd fit into a basketball team like Duke, left with a big smile on their faces.
He's good folks.