Allen Roberts Talks Schools, Shoes, Speeches

Last March, Allen Roberts of Middletown High School was left heartbroken after fouling out of the sectional game against Greater Miami Conference rival Cincinnati Princeton at Xavier's Cintas Center. Princeton, led by Miami (OH) verbal commit Orlando Williams and Marquis Horne, ended Middletown's season early leaving a feeling of unfinished business for the Middies going into the 2008-09 season.

Last March, Allen Roberts of Middletown High School was left heartbroken after fouling out of the sectional game against Greater Miami Conference rival Cincinnati Princeton at Xavier's Cintas Center. Princeton, led by Miami (OH) verbal commit Orlando Williams and Marquis Horne, ended Middletown's season early leaving a feeling of unfinished business for the Middies going into the 2008-09 season.

"My sophomore year was a building process. Then (as a junior last season), Princeton was a good team to lose against, but we should have won," Roberts said. "We have to go far this year. It is our last go around. We have a stronger team with (sophomore) Kirby Wright transferring back home from Lakota East. We shouldn't lose to Princeton or in the GMC." Big words from Roberts given that Princeton returns not only Williams and Horne, but also future NCAA Division I players Stephon Johnson and Jordan Sibert.

Roberts also had a message for southwestern part of the state. Roberts said, "Princeton is the only team in southwest Ohio that will give us a challenge this year. When we are clicking I do not think anyone can beat us."

With Roberts, Kirby Wright (one of the top 2011 players in Ohio), Tony Peters, and Bill Edwards, Jr., Middletown should be one of the top five teams in Ohio this year and challenge for the state title.

During the summer, Roberts played AAU ball with All-Ohio Force which is based in Mason, Ohio. Also on that team are Edwards, Peters, and Griffin McKenzie. The team had some success in July. Roberts said, "We started slow, but did real well in July winning the Take 5 Classic and beating the Atlanta Celtics with Derrick Favors."

Roberts mentioned that he bonded with his AAU teammates. "I am real close with all my teammates like (Dayton commit Matt) Kavanaugh and Ryan Siggins," Roberts said. "And I am close with little Cousin Bill. He's family."

"Little cousin Bill" is Bill Edwards. Cousins Edwards and Roberts have talked about playing together in college. When asked about the specifics of their discussion, Roberts answered, "We have talked about coming to Miami together. We talk about coming over there and winning. It could happen." Roberts is unable to say which way his cousin is leaning. Roberts said, "Bill will not talk about it. I know he mentioned Oklahoma and/or Oklahoma State recently."

Last fall, Roberts and Edwards were seen rushing the court with the Miami students after the RedHawks defeated Xavier in Millett Hall. Roberts said, "Me, Bill, and a couple of my friends saw everyone rushing the court and we just joined in. We were just having fun."

Last year for Middletown, Roberts averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. The 2009 combo guard stands 6'2" and weighs 204 pounds and says he is still growing.

Roberts indicated his game resembles that of Darron Williams of the Utah Jazz and USA Olympic team. Roberts said, "He is a big guard who can do everything. This is what I like."

Roberts said his strengths are his toughness, ability to get to the basket anytime he wants, his shooting prowess, and his physical strength. As for his physical strength, Roberts added, "Not a lot of guards my size, body wise. There are some guards as strong, but not as big as me."

As for his weaknesses, Roberts says he needs to work on going left, his dribble pull up, and defense.

Academics are important to Roberts. He boasts a 3.5 G.P.A. and scored a 17 on his first try taking the ACT.

In college, Roberts is thinking about majoring in business. Specifically, human resource management is his focus. A teacher that he looks up to told him that he has good people skills and speaks well. Roberts said, "Giving a speech is not hard for me, I can say it with confidence." Roberts is also interested in broadcasting for the same reasons.

Allen Roberts is also a star wide receiver for the Middie football team. The iron man also plays punter and outside linebacker. He has received football recruiting interest from Ohio State, Illinois, and Marshall to name a few. However, Roberts said he will play basketball in college.

So what college will he attend? If it was up to his mother Tammy Roberts, he would attend Miami. Roberts said, "My mom went to Miami in 2004 with a degree in education. She got her master's degree from Miami as well." Currently, Ms. Roberts is working in the education field at Middletown's Vail Middle School.

Much of the MAC is recruiting him including Miami, Kent State, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Ohio, and Bowling Green. He also has interest from Wright State, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Wichita State, Butler, Furman and some others that he could not recall. Seven schools have offered him scholarships: Miami, Kent, Toledo, Bowling Green, Wright State, Richmond, and St. Bonaventure.

Roberts lists his top five schools at the moment: Miami, Kent, Wright State, Bowling Green, and Toledo. Of those five, he could not say which is the sole leader, however he did give an elite three list of "Kent, Wright State, and Miami." Roberts says he is still considering all schools, "I want to keep my options open. I think every school should have a chance to get me."

Roberts has taken unofficial visits to Miami, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Wright State. He just visited Wright State on Sunday, August 17, 2008 and came away impressed. Roberts said, "I liked the dorms. It is not like two people in the same room. Individuals have their own room."

Roberts spoke highly of the Bowling Green and Miami staff. Roberts said of the Bowling Green head coach, "Coach Orr, now that is a good coach." As for the Miami staff, he likes head coach Charlie Coles, associate head coach Jermaine Henderson, and assistant coach Ryan Pedon.

Roberts said he will take a visit to Kent in the future and may visit Furman as well. However, visits are difficult right now because of the demands of football season.

Roberts said he liked the camaraderie at Miami. "At Miami, it is like a family. The players and coaches all treat each other with respect. I saw crazy fans who were people who had the team's back. If Miami gets a good recruiting class, it will really get people involved."

Roberts said he is looking for school that sees him as one of its own. Roberts said, "I want a school that cares for me and takes me as one of theirs." Like most players, Roberts wants a school were he can make an immediate impact. "I want to help the school as soon as I get in," said Roberts. "I want to be a building piece."

Roberts will announce his decision before basketball season begins and maybe before football season ends.

Off the court, Roberts is a Spongebob Squarepants groupie. Roberts said, "I watch cartoons 24/7. I watch Spongebob anytime of the day." He has been on the Spongebob ride at Kings Island. Roberts even decorated his entire bathroom in Spongebob.

Allen Roberts also said he has a self described "shoe fetish." Roberts said, "I have to get every Jordan that comes out. It upsets my dad because I do not want clothes, I just want money for shoes."


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