Roberson excited about commitment

6-foot-7 Lamar Roberson explains why he chose the University of Louisville over a host of other high major programs.

6-foot-7 forward Lamar Roberson chose Louisville Wednesday afternoon for the opportunity to learn from one of the nation's finest college basketball coaches.

"I chose Louisville because I like Coach Pitino's style of play and I feel like it's the best situation for me to develop my game," Roberson said of his decision to verbally commit to the University of Louisville on Wednesday.

Roberson, who chose Louisville over Oregon State (Offer), Arizona State, Miami (FL), and UAB, hasn't visited the U of L campus yet but said he expected to do so later this summer or next fall before signing a national letter of intent.

A native of Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Roberson moved to Compton, California to play his senior year at nationally recognized Dominguez High where he led the Dons to the California Division II state championship. Dominguez is also the same high school that produced former University of Kentucky and current Detroit Piston standout Tayshaun Prince.

"I had to play inside this season and that really helped me because I'm not scared to go inside against anyone now," Roberson said. "So that experience helped expand my game and I can now play inside or outside."

Next fall, Roberson will attend IMG Academy, considered one of the top prep school programs in the nation, in Bradenton, Florida.

"I'm going there to get better grades and improve academically," Roberson explained. "Basketball wise, I just want to get bigger, stronger and faster and improve my skills."

U of L head coach Rick Pitino, whom the versatile forward spoke to Tuesday night about his decision, told Roberson he liked his athleticism and his defensive ability.

"Coach Pitino told me he loved how I ran the floor and blocked shots," Roberson said. "And he also told me I need to develop a better jump shot."

Assistant coach Reggie Theus, who recruits the West coast for Louisville, has followed Roberson's progress since attending an open gym at Dominguez High last fall. After a strong showing in Las Vegas and Houston this April, the Cardinals turned up heat on Roberson.

"Coach Theus came out last fall to watch our team work out in open gym and kept in touch with me throughout the year," Roberson said. "Then he and Coach Pitino saw me in Las Vegas this April and they told me they really liked what they saw from me."

Roberson, who will return home to Baton Rogue to spend the summer with his mother before heading to prep school in the fall, said his family is excited about his decision to attend Louisville in the fall of 2005.

"My mom is real happy about my decison," Roberson said. "She doesn't know a lot about the recruiting process and things like that and when she told her friends at work they were like 'Louisville is a big time school.' She's behind me 100 percent and we both feel comfortable and trust Coach Pitino and Coach Theus."

"I'm excited about my decision!"

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