The Skinny on Lamar Roberson

While 6'7 Lamar Roberson isn't a household name in Louisville just yet, his game resembles that of a current starter for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.

Don't know much about the University of Louisville's newest verbal commitment, Lamar Roberson?

Well, now you will.

Every year, a handful of prospects loaded with potential fly under the radar screens of the recruiting gurus and the like. Roberson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Compton Dominguez High School, is one such player.

Looking for a comparison? Try the Los Angeles Lakers Devan George. Though Roberson isn't yet the shooter that George is, his game and his potential are comparable. Like George, Roberson can play a multitude of positions on the floor and has the potential to become a valuable "utility" type player at the high major level.

Where Roberson is expected to make his mark at Louisville, though, is on the defensive end. He has ideal size for a wing player, is very athletic and could develop into a major contributor because of his ability to both rebound and block shots.

"He's one of those kids that has flown under the radar," one division one assistant said. "He can play the three position on defense and because of his athletic ability can play both inside and outside on the offensive end of the floor."

"He has great potential to develop as a rebounder and shot blocker and could become a great defender in an uptempo system. He really has a desire to work hard and develop his skills."

Roberson joins 7'0 Clarence Holloway as the second member of what could become a six or seven player recruiting class for University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino in 2005.

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