We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Ryan Roberts of The Burlington School.
We’ve seen Roberts in every possible setting, including at our NC Phenom 150 Camp prior to the season, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that possesses all the necessary tools to have a breakout season, Ryan Roberts. He’s a smart, smooth-shooting wing prospect with a well-rounded skillset and the ability to control the action with or without the ball in his hands. Roberts is a quality ball-handler, penetrator, and overall creator but still makes the strongest impact as a spot-up threat. He’s also a reliable defender and rebounder, especially for his size/position. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would simply make him tougher to contain off the bounce. Coach Gary on Roberts: “Ryan was the best player on the floor each time he played. He’s explosive and has a great pace to his game with changing speeds. He’s a great ball-handler that knows when to push the ball, pass ahead, and when to keep the ball. Ryan is an exceptional talent. I can see him working his way into being a Division I player. He’s a good rebounder and on-ball defender.” Roberts continues to get better and better and should start garnering attention from college coaches sooner or later, especially as he gears up for a big season at The Burlington School.”
Everything previously said still holds true, even if his breakout season was delayed for twelve months. Roberts has continued to develop his frame and overall strength while continually adding more to his skillset. He’s already a noted three-point shooter with size and athleticism, but also looks quite comfortable operating off the bounce and creating for others. Roberts’ addition to Garner Road had the chance to be a perfect storm throughout the summer. Instead, he’s preparing to be the Spartans’ breakout player and most lethal perimeter shooter. College coaches should already be aware of Roberts and in pursuit sooner than later.