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C.J. Roberts talks SMU, recruitment heading into July live periods

North Richland Hills (Texas) Richland point guard C.J. Roberts talks about his interest in SMU, his relationship with the coaching staff, and the other schools recruiting him ahead of the July live periods.

With the spring live periods over, college teams have had a chance to watch many of their targets and new offers. One of the schools recruiting North Richland Hills (Texas) combo guard C.J. Roberts the hardest coming out of the spring AAU season is SMU.

“SMU and TCU, they come at me pretty hard because I’m the hometown kid,” Roberts said. “South Carolina was coming in pretty hard, Rhode Island too.

Two other schools mentioned frequently with Roberts are Baylor and Virginia Tech. One is in consistent contact, the other not as much.

“I hear from Virginia Tech pretty often because me and coach Buzz (Williams) talk,” Roberts said. “Baylor, we talk occasionally, it’s not really an everyday thing.”

Roberts’ main recruiter at SMU is assistant coach K.T. Turner.

“He’s been on me for most of the part of my recruitment,” Roberts said. “When he calls, we talk about life and not only basketball. That’s a good thing to have that relationship and get that trust factor up.”

“Most of the coaches that call me, we try to build a great relationship. But his is different because he’s near me. He has the upper hand on that.”

Roberts visited for SMU’s senior day 80-54 win vs. UConn on March 3. Despite being a local player, it was the only game he took in at Moody Coliseum in 2015-16.

“It’s a great atmosphere, I like the coaching staff. It seems like a great place to me,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of people on campus that are all in for basketball. Everyone is good people and no one’s trying to steer you in the wrong direction.”

Staying close to home appeals to Roberts, but it’s not a massive factor that would push him to one school over another.

“Most of my family would be at my home games. It’d be a good experience to play in front of my family,” Roberts said. “But whichever one is the best fit is really what I’m looking for.”

Roberts won’t turn his full attention to recruiting until his AAU season ends. He hasn’t taken any visits to schools recently and isn’t planning on any until after July.

“I’m pretty much working out every day, getting in the gym, just trying to get ready for July. After July, that’s when I’ll finalize things and cuts lists and stuff.”

Roberts does have a few schools in mind that he would like to visit.

“I’m probably going to want to visit UNLV, USC, South Carolina, SMU and TCU,” he said. “But there’s other schools I might look into as well.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Roberts played this spring on the Under Armour circuit with Team Beast Mode, on which he was one of just a couple rising seniors. In July, he will play in the UA Finals in Atlanta, and in some tournaments in Las Vegas and the Dallas area.

“Most people said I’ve matured,” Roberts said of his progression in the spring. “For me, that’s just taking the game more serious, coming down to the last bits of my AAU season, I want to make it count and make it a great one.”

Alabama, Baylor, Kansas State, LSU, Rhode Island, South Carolina, SMU, TCU and Virginia Tech have offered Roberts, whose complete list is approaching 15 schools. 

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