SMU offers four-star power forward

Despite its current record (11-16, 2-10 Conference USA), the Mustangs are becoming more appealing to recruits purely because of the Big East aspect. Four-star forward Tyler Roberson (New Jersey) says he's willing to give the program a look once his high school season is over.

Despite the way SMU's season is panning out, the Mustangs are doing some good things on the 2013 recruiting trail.

Recent junior offerees include Roselle Catholic High School (Roselle, NJ) teammates Tyler Roberson and Hakim Saintil.

Roberson, a four-star 6-foot-7, 190-pound power forward holds quite a few offers from schools like Villanova, Seton Hall, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida, Rutgers and SMU, and he has also received interest from Syracuse.

In other words, he's a big time prospect and SMU is on his list. And the biggest reason why is because the Mustangs are headed to the Big East.

Roberson, who is being recruited by Jerry Hobbie, says he thinks recruits will be more interested in SMU now that they're headed to the nation's best college basketball conference.

"I think it will definitely attract more players because the Big East is a tougher, bigger conference," Roberson said. "And that's where recruits want to play."

Growing up in New Jersey, Roberson always watched Big East teams play and saw himself playing for one someday.

"I watched [the conference] on TV all my life," he said. "It's a conference I'd like to play in, but it wouldn't affect my decision entirely, but it would be nice to play in the Big East."

Roberson said he's been talking to Saintil and AAU teammate Blaise Mbargorba, who is a member of the Mustangs' 2012 recruiting class, about SMU.

"Blaise has been telling me about their program and how they're up and coming and going to the Big East and just about the school and how nice everything is down there," Roberson said.

So would he consider playing for SMU?

"Yeah definitely," Roberson said. "I mean I haven't really thought about what school I want to go to, I'm trying to finish this season, but after that I'll think about it more."

Roberson said the most important factors he'll consider when choosing a school are the academics, coaching staff and the team's style of play.

Asked if he'd rather play for a program that's already staked its claim on the national stage or one that's more on the rise, Roberson said, "It would be nice to come to a program and help it grow."

Roberson hopes to commit to a school in the fall after taking all of his visits.

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