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Former Plano point guard John Roberson has made his mark on the high school level. After winning several awards, including being named Mr. Basketball by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, he's ready to prove himself at the next level. Roberson is in Lubbock and took time out of his day to talk with RaiderPower about how things are going.

Although the Texas Tech basketball team can't officially practice with the coaches yet, that doesn't mean they aren't out on the court preparing for the 2007-08 season.

Incoming freshman John Roberson has enrolled for the second summer session and is already hitting the hardwood to ensure that he is prepared once practice officially begins.

"I got here last Sunday," said Roberson.  "Things are going good.  We have been playing pick up games at the rec.  We all think it's going to help with the team chemistry next season."

PG John Roberson recently competed in the Global Games in Dallas

The transition from high school to college can be quite a shock for incoming freshmen.  It didn't take Roberson long to realize that there is a huge difference in the game at the collegiate level.

"Everyone can play.  In high school most teams only had one or two good players, and it's not like that here.  We're going to be a deep team this season."

Roberson, who averaged 25.4 pts and 6.1 assists as a senior, knows that he will need to work on a few things if he wants to be ready to play when the Red Raiders tip off their season on November 10th against the University of California-Riverside.

"I would like to get a little stronger.  The Big 12 is a man's league, and I think getting stronger will be important for me.  (Charlie) Burgess is teaching me a lot of things too.  He's always giving me pointers during the pick-up games."

Roberson will likely be the backup point guard behind starting guard Charlie Burgess, who will be a senior next season.

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