Roberson Drawing Big-Time Attention
Roselle Catholic swingman had Pitino, Wright, Self and Cox stop by open gym this week
ROSELLE, N.J. -- Unlike St. Anthony, St. Patrick and St. Benedict's, Roselle Catholic hasn't been known as a New Jersey basketball powerhouse over the years.
But you wouldn't know that these days.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Villanova coach Jay Wright were there for an open gym Tuesday. And Kansas coach Bill Self and Rutgers associate head coach David Cox passed through Thursday.
The primary attraction?
Tyler Roberson, a 6-foot-7 small forward, ranked No. 28 at his position in the Class of 2013 by Rivals.
"Pitino shocked me a lot," Roberson, who transferred from Union H.S. over the summer and must sit a state-mandated 30 days to start the season, told FiveStarBasketball Thursday at the school. "It makes me want to practice harder every day."
Roberson holds offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Kansas State, Virginia Tech and St. Joe's.
"I don't have any favorites," he said.
Still, Roberson said he plans to take some unofficial visits next summer.
On the AAU circuit, Roberson runs with Sandy Pyonin, who has trained 32 NBA players in 35 years according to SportsIllustrated.com, and the New Jersey Roadrunners.
Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff believes Roberson's game has developed over the summer.
"The thing about Tyler is that he has become multi-faceted," said Boff, whose team lost to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and St. Patrick in the semifinals of the Union County Tournament last year. "When we played him towards the end of last year in the county tournament, I thought he was pretty much back-to-the-basket and a 15-foot jump shot, and didn't really put it on the floor all that much.
"Now when I see him in the workouts sometimes and over the summer when I saw him, it looked like he could put the ball on the floor. He can shoot it out to 3, and he's just a much tougher cover than he was."
Said Roberson: "I feel like my outside game developed a lot. I feel a lot more comfortable with dribbling and on the perimeter."
STILL GETTING LOOKS
Isaiah Still, a 6-foot-3 2015 combo guard out of Rahway, N.J., and Roberson's teammate, is also drawing attention.
"Louisville was in the other night and absolutely loves him," Boff said. "Rice has called about him. Rutgers and Seton Hall love him.
"Louisville, Rutgers and Seton Hall have all contacted me about him coming for unofficials."