Player Profile: Ron Roberts

St. Joe's senior forward Ron Roberts became a fan favorite early on in his Hawk career. His freakish athleticism, motor, toughness, and constant marked improvement have made him one of the more popular Hawks of the past decade. Today, our player profile series continues with Bayonne, New Jersey native, and dunker extraordinaire, Ron Roberts.

St. Joe's senior forward Ron Roberts has shown improvement in every single facet of his game during his time on Hawk Hill. His scoring numbers have jumped from 6.4 to 10.9 to 11.2 points per game. His rebounding numbers have jumped from 4.7 to 5.9 to 8.3. One of the most remarkable improvements has been in his free throw shooting, which has jumped from 47% as a freshman to 67% as a junior.

Roberts turned in monster performances last season against Notre Dame (21 points, 16 rebounds), Temple (18 points, 12 rebounds), and Saint Louis (25 points, 7 rebounds). And there is still room for improvement in his game.

In order for Ron Roberts to take that next leap, and put himself on the radar of NBA GM's this season, he must show an improved mid-range game. It's something that he's worked on this offseason.

"We're hoping he can add a basket a game making a 15-17 footer," Hawk assistant coach Dave Duda told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "He's spent a lot of time on it. Now he needs to carry over practice confidence and trust in the jumper to games."

This offseason, Ron worked not only on his jumper, but on every aspect of his game. His love of the game, and his desire to improve, were noticeable to the staff this offseason, and through early-season practices. "He's simply been an animal in practices and workouts," Coach Duda stated.

Ron Roberts was selected to the Atlantic 10 preseason all-league third team at media day last month in Brooklyn. A year after averaging nearly a double-double, and turning in some terrific performances, Roberts is hoping to improve both individually and as a team. This is the last chance for Ron, Daryus Quarles, Halil Kanacevic, and Langston Galloway to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.

An improved mid-range game, an even stronger frame, and a key addition on the wing in freshman DeAndre Bembry could help push the Hawks to that next level, and guide them to the NCAA tournament. On Saturday evening, the Hawks will open the season at Vermont.

High-flying senior Ron Roberts, one of the elite big men in the Atlantic 10, has one more season of highlights for Hawk fans. And, hopefully, a couple mid-range jumpers that may not make Sportscenter, but may make Ron some serious money after graduation.

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