John Carroll High (MD) forward Nate Roberts got the offer this week that served notice to the country that the 2018 prospect is clearly on the high major path with his development.
Reigning Big Ten champion Indiana made him the offer after following him much of the year including his play in Georgia last week for Baltimore Elite at the Under Armour Finals event.
"Coach (Tom) Crean came to see me at different events and kept in contact," Roberts told Peegs.com's Jeff Rabjohns yesterday. "He told me 'you're doing pretty good' - said he loved my game. We kept in touch and then after Atlanta I got a call on Tuesday and he was like 'we're going to offer you a scholarship.'"
The news went over well.
"(I'm) excited," Roberts said. "I knew I could play at that level but it was nice hearing from a coach that believes in me and thinks I can play at a high level. It was pretty exciting."
Roberts offered some specifics on why he was able to convince the Hoosier coach to make the early scholarship offer.
"He said he likes my high motor, my ability to run up and down the court easily, like a gazelle. Finishing around the rim, being able to attack off the dribble. Different things like that."
His list of offers is a growing one.
"Cincinnati, Towson, Saint Joseph's, Dayton, Kansas State, Clemson and Indiana, I think that is it," Roberts said.
Roberts said he hopes to work in some August unofficial visits but nothing is yet on his calendar.
While he's been listed this year at 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-8, Roberts indicated to Peegs.com that he's measuring in now at 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan.
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Scout.com analysis of Robert:
A 6-foot-7, pushing 6-8 forward, Roberts is a forward prospect that plays facing the basket. He moves fluidly and runs the floor with ease. Roberts is also a good athlete. Offensively, Roberts has a good set of hands and nice touch around the goal. He likes to catch the ball in the mid-post and is capable of making off the catch mid-range jump shots or driving the ball. At this stage, he doesn't look to post often and in Scout's viewing didn't showcase any post moves. Roberts, a 2018 prospect, certainly has upside because of his physical features and potential as an offensive player.
Note: Jeff Rabjohns contributed to this report