Four-star Roselle (N.J.) Catholic forward Tyler Roberson says he was somewhat surprised by the news that Kentucky coach John Calipari had for him Tuesday when the two met at his school.
"I really wasn't sure what to expect," Roberson said. "I knew they liked me because they had been in touch a lot since the end of the summer, but I was a little surprised when he said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. Surprised in a good way. I was excited."
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound combo forward said the UK coach told him that he'd be a good fit for the Wildcats' system thanks to his versatility.
"He said he likes how I play at both ends and that I could really grow and develop in their system as a small forward," Roberson said. "They've had a lot of success coaching guys like me."
Calipari also impressed Roberson with what he had to say about the program and the type of support that UK basketball receives.
"He said I would love how the fans are there, how passionate they are," Roberson said. "It's just a great place for basketball."
The next step in Roberson's recruit will be attempting to cut a list of 10 schools in half. In addition to UK, he is also considering Kansas, Syracuse, SMU, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Villanova.
"On Sunday, after I've had all my visits from coaches, I'm going to sit down with my family and try to cut my list to five," he said.
He has already scheduled three official visits (SMU on Sept. 27, Syracuse on Oct. 5 and Kansas on Oct. 12) so the other seven schools are basically vying for two spots.
Asked what the chances Kentucky will be one of those two, Roberson said: "I do like them a lot. I liked what coach (Calipari) had to say about their program. Most likely, I'll take a visit. I don't know when, but I'll try to figure that out after I cut my list down to five."
Roberson is rated the No. 46 prospect in the nation by Scout.
Roberson talks about visit from Calipari
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