In earning this year's national AP honor, Roberts becomes Mississippi State's first AP All-American since Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell garnered the prestigious national recognition as an MSU senior during the 1958-59 campaign.
Selected this year's SEC Player of the Year by both AP and a vote of the league's head coaches, Roberts has also earned first-team all-America status by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) organizations, as well as by the Sports Illustrated.com website and the Adolph F. Rupp Award committee. Roberts is also a national finalist for both the prestigious Wooden and Naismith All-America Teams.
In becoming the first MSU player since Rickey Brown (1979-80) to average a double-double for an entire season, Roberts currently ranks as the SEC's No. 6 scorer (16.9 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (10.1 rpg). He also stands fifth in the league in field-goal percentage (51.9%). The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Roberts led the Southeastern Conference and is ranked fourth nationally with 16 double-doubles on the season. The former Baylor transfer and Houston native also ranks fourth nationally among active NCAA Division I players with 38 career double-doubles.
Roberts helped lead coach Rick Stansbury's eighth-ranked Bulldogs to a 26-4 overall record and league-best 14-2 SEC mark en route to claiming the school's first outright SEC regular-season championship since 1962-63. MSU also made school history this season by appearing in a fourth consecutive postseason tournament and earning a third straight NCAA Tournament berth.