Roberts Great Player, Better Kid, Say Coaches

To say Miami's much anticipated nationally televised home football game against Vanderbilt from the SEC was disappointing is an understatement. However, the night was not all bad for Miami fans. The men's basketball team again landed one of the highest ranked guards in Ohio in Allen Roberts from Middletown High School.

To say Miami's much anticipated nationally televised home football game against Vanderbilt from the SEC was disappointing is an understatement. Despite being a 4 point favorite over the Commodores, the RedHawks were thoroughly beaten 34-13. However, the night was not all bad for Miami fans. The men's basketball team again landed one of the highest ranked guards in Ohio in Allen Roberts from Middletown High School.

Roberts has made numerous visits to Miami the past few years, often with wing forward Bill Edwards, Jr. (6'5", 225), his highly touted cousin and teammate (both high school and AAU) Bill Edwards. On another visit to Oxford Thursday night in Yager Stadium, Roberts told the basketball staff he was ready to be a RedHawk.

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 is still growing.

Last week, Roberts told RedHawk Insider that most of the MAC is was recruiting him including Miami, Kent State, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Ohio, and Bowling Green. He said he also had interest from Wright State, St. Bonaventure, Richmond, Wichita State, Butler, Furman, and many others. Miami, Kent, Toledo, Bowling Green, Wright State, Richmond, and St. Bonaventure had all offered Roberts.

With Allen Roberts and Cincinnati Princeton's Orlando Williams, Miami now has two commitments from combo guards in the class of 2009. At least three different scouting services have ranked Roberts and Williams as the #1 and #2 senior wing guards in Ohio.

Yesterday, RedHawk Insider spoke with two people who have been instrumental in Roberts development through the years: Roberts' AAU coach with All-Ohio Force Greg Brown and his high school coach with Middletown Bob Ronai. Coach Ronai has been coaching Roberts through his high school career. Coach Brown has been Roberts' summer coach since the fourth grade. Also on All-Ohio Force is Coach Brown's son Zach Brown (Lipscomb commit), Matt Kavanaugh (Dayton commit), as well as Miami targets Edwards and Griffin McKenzie.

Both coaches are class gentlemen who took time out of their busy day to speak with us. Both had great things to say about Allen Roberts and Miami.

ROBERTS IS A GREAT KID, GREAT STUDENT

Both coaches were asked what kind of student-athlete is Miami getting in Roberts. Both had the same answer. Coach Brown said, "He is a great young man with a strong desire to win. Competitive." Coach Brown said Roberts is very close with his parents and siblings. Coach Ronai gave similar comments, "Great kid, a role model for younger kids."

Coach Ronai also said Allen "is an excellent student." Roberts told RedHawk Insider previously that he had 3.5 G.P.A. That is the norm for players from All-Ohio Force. Coach Brown noted that all of his players on All-Ohio Force were great students. Coach Brown said, "The average G.P.A. for my team is 3.3. The lowest G.P.A. on the team was around 2.75."

ROBERTS IS A STRONG PLAYER WHO CAN DRIVE AND SHOOT

Coach Brown described Roberts as "a shooter who makes free throws." Brown also said, "Roberts has great upper body strength and a very good inside-outside game."

Coach Ronai stated, "Allen will probably be a combo guard, a 1 or a 2. A very physical kid, real strong." Ronai added, "He is the hardest worker we have. He plays like he practices." Ronai also said Roberts "takes it to the hole with fearless abandon and can pull up on a dime."

THREE SPORT STAR ROBERTS HAS A HIGH UPSIDE

Roberts is a three-sport star for Middletown. In the fall, he is the star wide receiver for the Middie football team. The iron man also plays punter and outside linebacker. He has received recruiting interest to play football from Ohio State, Illinois, and Marshall as well as some others. Then, in the spring he runs track. Coach Ronai said, "He is a good overall athlete. Star wide receiver, runs track. He won the districts in the high jump."

The constant word on Roberts from various sources is that Roberts has a very high upside. They say he will become a dominant force once he commits all his energies toward basketball. Coach Ronai stated that once he focuses on basketball, "he is only going to get better as he goes."

Coach Ronai was quick to note that it is basketball the runs in Roberts' blood. Ronai said, "He plays all sports, but he never missed anything with the basketball team. He eats and breathes basketball."

HUGE GET FOR MIAMI

Finally, both coaches had nice things to say about Miami and the RedHawk's coaching staff's ability to land such a top flight recruit." Coach Brown said, "Miami is a great school. Beautiful. Charlie and his staff did a great job getting him. It is huge getting Allen to come to Miami." Coach Ronai said, "Miami got a great player. He will have a great career at Miami."


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