Syracuse has had a very active early signing period as all four of their previous verbal commitments officially signed their letters of intent. To top it off, the Orange received a verbal pledge from four-star forward Tyler Roberson. The fifth member of the 2013 class spoke to CuseNation.com about the commitment, his goals for his time at Syracuse, and more.
"I chose Syracuse because I felt it was the best situation basketball wise," Roberson explained. "They're a really good basketball program and there was a lot of things that made me want to go there. I like the coaches and facilities.
"But I'm glad to get it over with so I can concentrate on basketball for my senior season."
"I spoke to Coach Boeheim and Coach Hopkins," Roberson said. "They were excited. They were very excited. I can't wait to get there."
Roberson is talented enough that he could contribute right away. But coming to a place like Syracuse, he knows there are talented players ahead of him. Hard work is the name of the game for the four-star forward, who has clear goals on what he wants to accomplish in college.
"How much I play right away and what I do as a freshman depends on how hard I come in and work," Roberson declared. "I think I'll fit in well. But I'm just going to come in and do everything I can to prove I can play.
"I think how long I stay in school, how many years I'm there, that just depends on how hard I work. I'm going to work as hard as I can when I'm there. Obviously I want to win a conference and a national championship. Even my freshman year of college. I want to win every year. That's why you go to Syracuse. To have that chance."
The 2013 class for Syracuse has five players right now. Being part of such a big and talented class is something Roberson embraces.
"I think they're all good players," he said. "Tyler Ennis is really good. But I think they're all good. We're all going to be successful at Syracuse. They can all help us try to win a title."
The end of the recruiting process has brought a sense of relief for the Roselle, (NJ) product. He is ready to move on from the stress of making such a difficult decision and focus on basketball.
"Yeah definitely," Roberson stated. "It's nice to just get it over with. Now I can just focus on getting in the gym, getting ready for college, and getting better. And focus on this upcoming season."
Roberson has mentioned working hard several times in order to be ready to play at Syracuse. He says Orange fans will see the result of that work on the floor.
"You're going to see me play hard every possession," Roberson said. "I'm going to help the team win a national championship."
The talented wing said he will be signing during the early signing period which ends on November 21st.