September 17, 2012

Roberson drawing interest from Kentucky

When Tyler Roberson cut his list of schools down to ten in the beginning on August, followers of his recruitment were surprised to see Kentucky on the list. After all, the Wildcats were the only one of the ten schools that had not offered Roberson; and had only begun to recruit him actively that week.

But Roberson saw something in the way that Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua approached his recruitment of Roberson, just enough to strike Roberson's interest in the Wildcats. That move to put UK on his list paid off for Roberson, as Kentucky has begun to show more and more interest in the four-star combo forward, who checks in at no. 29 in the 2013 Rivals150. Just last week, Antigua made the trip to Roselle (N.J.) Catholic HS to check in on Roberson.

"They've only been recruiting me since August, once AAU ended. Last week Coach Orlando Antigua came to watch me workout at my school," Roberson told Cats Illustrated, "I was banged up a little with an injury but I was still able to show him most of what I can do."

Even though the Wildcats are the newest school to join the recruiting race for Roberson, the talented forward is not holding that against the staff. While Roberson would like to make a decision in the fall, he'll likely wait until the spring period to sign a letter of intent; meaning he has plenty of time to get more familiar with coach John Calipari and the staff.

"Right now I'm interested in Kentucky and finding out more about the program," said Roberson, "Kentucky is in my final ten. I know they're one of the top programs in the country, that's honestly about all I know about them right now.

"I don't have a visit set up to go to Lexington yet, but Coach Antigua is coming back on Tuesday and I think he's bringing Coach Calipari. They're going to watch me work out again and we're all going to talk, so I'm excited about that."

The other nine finalists for Roberson are Kansas, Florida, Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, SMU and Alabama. All of them are looking for the four-star forward to come in and bring versatility, athleticism and a strong work ethic that Roberson is known for.

"Coach Antigua likes how I play hard. I can score it but I play good on defense also."

Depending on the outcome of Calipari's visit with Roberson at his school this coming week, don't be surprised to see Roberson's name mentioned more often with Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class; and even a possible scholarship offer or official visit could be on the horizon as well for the nation's number 29 prospect.

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