It may be odd that Williams would help recruit Roberts. Roberts and Williams are arch enemies on the basketball court. Middletown and Princeton are the two best teams in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC). Roberts may present a threat to Williams for playing time at the guard positions. Each was ranked 1 and 2 shooting guard in Ohio by various recruiting services. Which one was first depended on the service. But it was Williams' respect for Roberts that made Williams push his rival to Miami.
In the end, Williams' efforts paid off. Roberts left that night with a commitment to Miami.
The 6'2", 204 pound Roberts said, "He was jabbing me all night to commit." Roberts and Williams go way back. "I have been playing against him since the third grade," said Roberts. "In the fourth grade we played together with the Lincoln Heights Tigers."
Each player knows each other's game. Roberts said, "He knows what I am going to do before I do. And I know what he is going to do before he does it."
Roberts gives much respect to Williams. Roberts spoke highly of Williams, "He is a great kid. Has a nice shot. Taller that most guards. He has a great pull up shot and three point shot. When he is on, he is on!" In the end, Roberts said he chose Miami over Wright State, Kent State, and Bowling Green. "It was just a great atmosphere. It was the best fit for me. I sat down and really thought about each of the schools. I though (Miami) was where I would fit in the best."
Roberts said he will be used as a combo guard at Miami and play both the 1 and the 2. He will either bring the ball up the court or rush down the court for transition baskets.
Roberts said that his mom loves that he is going to Miami. His mom, Tammy Roberts, graduated from Miami in 2004 with a degree in education. She got her master's degree from Miami as well. Roberts' father is happy too. "Dad is cool with it," he said.
Last year for Middletown, Roberts averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Roberts indicated his game resembles that of Deron 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.
A few weeks ago, Roberts told RedHawk Insider that 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 had the team's back. If Miami gets a good recruiting class, it will really get people involved."
Roberts said at that time he was 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 where he can make an immediate impact. "I want to help the school as soon as I get there," said Roberts. "I want to be a building piece."