The Kansas Jayhawks have been on the radar of Tyler Roberson for a long time, as Head Coach Bill Self and his staff began their recruitment of the 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward from Roselle (NJ) Catholic almost two years ago.
An offer followed this spring, and the two parties have maintained a mutual high level of interest in one another. Led by assistant coach Joe Dooley and Head Coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks have fostered a solid relationship with the four-star talent.
So solid, in fact, it looks as if he'll be visiting the Lawrence, Kan. campus in the near future.
"I'm really interested in Kansas," Roberson said. "I'm going to take a visit sometime next month and see how the school is, and talk to the coaches."
While his size and athleticism allow him to play either the three or the four at the prep level, he said the Kansas coaches are looking to him as a combo forward. It's a type of player with which Self and his staff have had a great deal of success in recent years with the likes of Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson, with another standout - freshman Perry Ellis - potentially on the horizon.
"That's really pretty much my game," Roberson said. "I think I'm best as a combo forward so I can show my versatility as a player."
From a list that includes Syracuse, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU, South Carolina and Villanova - in addition to the Jayhawks - he is in the process of selecting which schools he'll visit in the coming months. Officials to Kansas, SMU and Syracuse are already in the works.
Roberson is coming off a strong summer, during which he believed he developed as a player and performed well during AAU tournaments and camps alike.
Here's what Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels had to say about his play during a mid-July event:
"While I only saw Roberson once during the five-day period the one viewing is stuck in my head. Roberson erupted for a 25-point, 14-rebound effort and dominated the entire game. The effort and energy was there. he grabbed every board he could, contested shots on the defensive end, flushed back misses and scored on the block. Roberson has had his moments, but this was a shining one on a big stage."
Roberson said he entered the AAU season without one specific area upon which he wanted to focus for improvement.
"I really wanted to work on everything," he explained. "My game overall and just try to improve as a player."
And while he doesn't have a specific timeline for a college decision set, the outlines of a plan are in place.
"I want to sign in the fall," Roberson said. "But I could end up signing in the spring. Hopefully I can get it done in the fall."