That was a big part of why Roberts made a verbal commitment to the Tigers on Saturday, becoming the first Class of 2017 commitment for coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers.
“I just thought it was the best fit because when I went down there I liked it and from the minute I got off the plane they made me feel like I was on the team,” Roberts told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “My mom and my dad were very comfortable with it.”
Roberts, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Richland Hills, Texas., rated as a three-star prospect, feels like he fit in well with the current roster, which includes several freshmen and sophomores not much older than he is.
“It is just a good group of guys,” Roberts said. “They are all funny in their own way. They all crack jokes on each other. I think I fit in because they don’t have like a combo guard that can score and make plays for his teammates and they told me that’s what they needed me to come in and do.”
Roberts said the coaching staff showed him how much they wanted him with Anderson and each of the assistant coaches calling him as often as they were allowed to.
“When I got down there I was with Willie and Frankie and they were talking to me about it the whole time I was with them,” Roberts said.
The Texas standout wasn’t the only hoops recruit on campus on Saturday. Class of 2018 recruiting targets Carte'Are Gordon and Torrence Watson also got a chance to check out the Tigers as well as take in Saturday night Southeastern Conference football showdown against visiting Georgia.
The experience made for a memorable night for Roberts, who is excited to get back to campus as a Missouri student-athlete.
“It was great,” Roberts said. “It had me really excited for college. I’m really looking forward to it because it was actually pretty fun out there.”
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