The Houston EYBL tournament did not go as planned for 2017 Richland HS (Tex.) guard C.J. Roberts but despite the losses, the point guard came away happy with the effort from his team.
“Overall we had a pretty decent day, you know us coming back from the Playground game, every game we’ve been playing with effort just sometimes we come up short,” Roberts said.
With a very young team right now, Roberts says the team has their sights set on the 2016 AAU season, and for right now they are just trying to focus on getting the experience necessary to get ready for next season.
“As of right now, we have seven sophomores on this team so we are just basically trying to get ready for next year and come back next year and dominate,” Roberts said.
For the 6-2, 180-pound guard, it was a good showing for him despite some nagging injuries and some tough competition. The Team Texas Elite guard averaged just less than 13 points and one assist per game.
“I think the one thing I’ve done well is I’ve been a leader, I’ve led my team, I’ve never got down on them I’ve always encouraged them,” Roberts said, “I just need to work on getting in shape and staying healthy.”
While the AAU season is in full swing, Roberts has not been talking to many colleges as he’s rather focusing on school and his team however he has kept in touch with a few schools.
“I haven’t really been talking to any college coaches lately, I’ve just been focusing on school and AAU, but yeah I have heard from SMU,” Roberts said.
While he’s two years away from having to make a decision, Roberts is continuing to build a strong relationship with SMU head coach Larry Brown and assistant coach K.T. Turner as his love for SMU continues to grow.
“It’s just the coaching and the atmosphere I love it, coach Brown, coach K.T they’re great coaches and I love them,” Roberts said.
In the near future however, Roberts is planning to make the trip over to SMU.
“I’ll probably take a visit to SMU, go out there and check out the campus and chat to the coaches as well,” Roberts said.
As Roberts gets ready to head into his junior season leading a young team through the AAU season, his focus continues to be on how he can help his teammates.
“I’m just working on growing as a player and helping my team win,” Roberts said.
During the AAU season so far, Roberts has averaged 9.6 points and one assist per game.