Player Profile: Ronald Roberts

Last year, Saint Joseph's forward Ronald Roberts took home the Atlantic 10 6th Man of the Year honors. Roberts now shifts into the Hawks' starting lineup, where he will look to build upon last season's success.

6'7 junior forward Ron Roberts will begin the 2012-2013 season tonight for the Hawks in a position that he is unaccustomed to thus far in a St. Joe's uniform. As the Atlantic 10's reigning 6th Man of the Year, Ron will look for that success to translate into the starting lineup.

A Bayonne, New Jersey native, Roberts is one of the conference's most electrifying players, a walking highlight-reel. Off the bench last year, Roberts averaged 10.9 points per contest to go along with 5.9 rebounds a game. Ron shot a remarkable 60% from the field. On the flip side, he only shot 55% from the free throw line, a stat that he will look to improve upon this season.

Ron scored in double-digits last season 19 times, including a career-high 27 points in a home win against Dayton. He also posted three double-digits. All of this damage also came in 25 minutes per game, a number worth noting. It is likely that Ron will see his minutes increase this season, leading to a likely increase in productivity.

Where Ron fits into the starting lineup is yet to be determined, as the Hawks will be starting three big men. Ron will start alongside fellow junior forwards Halil Kanacevic and C.J. Aiken. There has been much speculation over who would man the small forward spot for the Hawks, be it Ron Roberts or CJ Aiken.

Offensively, Roberts did most of his damage in the post a year ago. Saint Joseph's assistant coach Dave Duda shed some light on the progress that he's seen from Roberts since the end of last season.

"We feel he is more comfortable shooting the 15-footer," Duda began. If Roberts is able to expand his game out of the paint a bit, that should help the Hawks space the floor.

Over his two years on Hawk Hill, Ron has done most of his damage scoring off the block, scoring on a baby-hook with his right hand. "Ron's been working hard on a secondary post move as well," Duda continued. "Both additions will make him an even better player."

For the first half of his Hawk career, Ron Roberts has been a spark-plug off the bench. This year, that spark will ignite the starting lineup. With Ron in the starting lineup, fellow junior Daryus Quarles will be moved to the bench. Daryus Quarles will be Hawk Hill Hardwood's Player Profile tomorrow.

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