Orange Score Another Forward For 2013 As Roberson Commits
Syracuse’s 2013 class is complete (for now), as combo forward Tyler Roberson announced his intentions to join up with the Orange Friday night. While the Orange had been in on Roberson for a couple of years, SU’s depth at the wings and interest in two other forwards, Noah Vonleh and Jermaine Lawrence, injected just enough drama to leave a little bit of doubt. Villanova and Kansas stayed on Roberson’s list until tonight’s announcement, but Jay Wright failed to nab the New Jersey product (an emerging issue for him and his staff) and KU, which does well in the state despite the distance, ultimately fell out of favor as well.
In Roberson, the Orange get a very good forward to go along with what’s already a highly talented core of forwards. The combination of Roberson, B.J. Johnson, C.J. Fair, and Rakeem Christmas should be as skilled and versatile as any in the country next season. At 6’7″ and 200 pounds, you can conjure up any of several players to suit up for Jim Boeheim as a comparison, but while many of those players have taken time to develop into SU’s system, Roberson is already very far along in his development, possessing a skill set that makes him a perfect fit in the zone.
There’s not much that Roberson can’t already do. He can score in the paint with his back to the basket, he can drive and he can hit jump shots out to the arc, though his range will probably be reigned in so he can focus on scoring more a little more like a post player than a small forward. As developed as he is on offense, the scary thing is that Roberson is one of the better defenders in his class at his position. Like Patterson, he possesses great instincts on the defensive end, and Roberson’s length helps him invade passing lanes, get deflections and block the occasional shot, but mostly rebound.
In the big picture, Roberson’s commitment rounds out the class of 2013, unless someone – you should be able to guess the most likely candidate by now – leaves early for the NBA, or there’s a defection somewhere farther down the roster. As such, there probably won’t be significant recruiting news for awhile as far as the 2013 class is concerned, but on the flip side, it’ll be nice to not have to sweat it out in-season for the services of the Tobias Harrises of the world.