2017 Team Texas Elite point guard C.J. Roberts made his first appearance in the Nike EYBL this year and it came with some success and growing pains.
"It was overall a great summer. The part that stunk was we lost too many times. I thought we were going to win way more, but it was my first year in EYBL so it was kind of a learning experience," Roberts said. "It pretty much improved with me being a leader on the team and putting people in the spots they're supposed to be in. Plus, being vocal on and off the court."
Roberts wants to be more "locked in" on defense more and make better decisions with the ball.
The Richland Hills point guard also will have big decisions to make when it comes to picking a college as he's getting a lot of attention from some solid programs.
SMU, UTA, Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Kansas State, TCU, Virginia Tech, Boise State, Illinois, Alabama, LSU and Indiana are all coming hard after Roberts, he says. Indiana and Alabama are the only two not to have offered.
"Everybody is really showing interest and about the same amount. No one is really standing out," Roberts said. "I'm really just focused on my junior season, getting my last AAU season done and getting narrowing my list down after my last AAU game. All the coaches all have good relationships."
Assistant coach KT Turner and head coach Larry Brown are all in consistent communication with Roberts.
"He texts me once every week. He's kind of like family so I grew up with him watching me and he talks to me more about life than basketball so that's what I like about him (Turner)," Roberts said. "It's good with him (Brown). He's like a hall of fame coach so he kind of like tells me things I need to get better at and I'm just a sponge trying to absorb it all."
As far as looking for
"I like to win and I want to play so me being on the court do whatever it can to win," Roberts said. "Whatever it takes to win, I'll do it."
Roberts wants to take his high school team further than they ever have been in the playoffs while making sure Texas Elite makes it to the Peach Jam next year.