May 22, 2014

Roberson on the cusp

Kevin McCarthy

He's the prototype -- long and lithe -- from which backcourters, especially shooting guards, emerge yet he also possesses the talent to man the point. Standing 6-foot-4 and probably not yet topped out, 2015 prospect Jordan Roberson seizes a length advantage over just about every opponent and is coming off a season in which he averaged 21 points plus three steals a contest at Cordova High.

photo of Jordan Roberson

Being the Most Valuable Player of the Capital Athletic League, a two-time all league and 2014 all city prospect, Roberson has earned a spot on the varsity all four years of his prep tenure and is looking to break out this spring and summer as a Play Hard Play Smart Renegade.

Currently sporting offers from UTEP and Northern Arizona with interest from suitors numbering in double figures, Roberson's play is being tracked closely.

Sure, he still needs added weight and strength but, as coaches say, that can be arranged and without any loss of quickness because of his frame.

There is also his versatility. With the ability to spend quality time at the one, two and three positions, Roberson also provides greater rest-of-the-roster flexibility for his eventual college coach.

“What I offer my team is doing what I have to do to win,” Roberson explained. “I play D, have a good [basketball] IQ and get my teammates involved.”

Here's PHPS Renegade Coach Lester Diaz: “Jordan has the ability to play both guard positions and that makes him more attractive to colleges. He has put a lot off work into his point skills and I'm very proud of that.”

As for shooting/scoring prowess, well, it's come a long way.

“I didn't have a jump shot -- I just threw the ball,” Roberson recounted from his younger days. “But I worked on it a lot on a regular basis and got better.”

Cuzear Ford, former assistant and skills coach of the NorCal Pharaohs, remembers, “Jordan Roberson cherished one of the most difficult shots to fix...the dreaded sling shot. Despite the poor shooting mechanics, Jordan was having early success and fame for his long range shooting. He had a decision to make. His patience, coachability and perseverance produced a fantastic result which earned him the reputation of being one of more promising long-range shooters of any class.”

There was an early Roberson excursion into flag football but it's primarily been basketball for him although he has a brother who played both sports.

Asked for his best basketball moment, Roberson answered, “A fifth place finish in a national tournament in Detroit when I was with the Nor Cal Pharaohs.”

His current mantra? “Be more consistent, get stronger and make more shots.”

With recruiting, he's open at this point with no geographical no-go lists. “I want to go where the best fit is for me and I can help the team doing what I do best.”

The guys sitting in the stands wearing the polo shirts with the insignias identifying their college allegiance want to witness Roberson take over games and display consistent distance shooting.

Then it will be a matter of whittling down the list of high-powered suitors.