Aggies land 2009 big man

Melvin Watkins tried to revitalize Aggie basketball with the help of Louisiana phenom Bernard King. Now his younger half-brother has committed to Mark Turgeon as the newest A&M commit from the class of 2009.

The Texas A&M basketball staff added the third piece to its 2009 recruiting class when Arcadia, Louisiana post man Kourtney Roberson verbally committed to the Aggies today. The 6-foot-9.5, 220-pound big man selected the Aggies over offers from both LSU and USC along with interest from Texas and others. Roberson took an unofficial visit to College Station last week and he saw all he needed to see.

"It's a great school academically, and I really like the closeness of the coaches and players," Roberson said. "I felt comfortable there, and my brother said it was a great place to go to school so I committed."

Veteran Texas A&M basketball fans should be quite familiar with Roberson's older brother, Bernard King. In fact, King still holds many career offensive scoring records during his tenure in Aggieland under Melvin Watkins from 1999-2003, and graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Big 12 history.

"Kourtney and Bernard are completely different players," Arcadia coach Shane Lee said. "I coached against Bernard, and he was a scorer plain and simple. Kourtney is a post player with a diverse set of skills. He can dribble for a big man. He's a great passer, and he's a good rebounder inside. Really, he does whatever it takes to win and make his teammates better. He's a special talent. He's definitely a high caliber D-1 prospect. Texas A&M is lucky to get such a fine young man."

Roberson averaged 22.4 points and 15 rebounds a game as a junior which garnered him numerous postseason awards as the district MVP, the All-Shreveport city team, and the Louisiana All-Region team. Several local and regional services have listed Roberson as the No. 1 2009 prospect in the state of Louisiana, something his coach certainly supports.

"He's a skilled post man, but he's such a hard worker and a pleasure to coach. He's the first one in the gym and the last one to leave," Coach Lee said. "A talented player with his skills and humble attitude is hard to find these days. He'll be a great asset for Texas A&M both on and off the court."

Coach Lee expanded on his description of Roberson's skill set and what he brings to the court.

"He's the leader for us. He's a big man who can step out and defend a guard if we need it. He's skilled enough to bring the ball up if we need it," Lee said. "He can hit a mid-range jumper, and he can do the dirty work around the basketball. He's a great rebounder and he's physical in the paint. He does everything you want out of a No. 4. He'll be a special collegiate player. You don't see 6-foot-10 players do what he can do."

Roberson stars on the prestigious Louisiana Select AAU team, which annually features the best players from the bayou state. Although flying under the national radar in Louisiana, Roberson was starting to turn many heads with his play at the recent Boo Williams Invitation.

"Roberson gives them (Texas A&M) a presence in the paint as a solid rebounder," national basketball analyst Dave Telep said today after watching Roberson recently at Boo Williams. "He's got an active body and room to get better."

Louisiana Select is scheduled to play this month at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University and they will also travel to tournaments at Augusta, Georgia, Orlando, and Phoenix.

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