In averaging 16.9 points (7th in SEC) and 10.1 rebounds (2nd in SEC & 11th in NCAA) per game last year for coach Rick Stansbury's SEC Champion Bulldogs, Roberts became MSU's first consensus first-team All-American since Hall of Famer Bailey Howell (1958-59). Roberts also became the first Bulldog player since Rickey Brown (1979-80) to average a double-double for an entire season. In addition, the Houston native ranked tied for fourth nationally with a league-leading 16 double-doubles (eight in SEC play) during the 2003-04 season.
A three-year starter and three-time all-conference performer with 1,400 career points and 821 career rebounds to his credit, Roberts enters the 2004-05 campaign leading the nation among active NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 38 career double-doubles. The former Baylor transfer is also bidding to become the first repeat winner of the SEC's Player of the Year honor since former Arkansas All-American Corliss Williamson (1994 & '95).
Also this preseason, Roberts has been rated as the nation's No. 1 power forward by both The Sporting News and Lindy's preseason basketball publications.