The University of Alabama basketball staff has reached into the state of New Jersey once before to grab former 2013 commitment Jaren Sina, and its now drawing interest from another top prospect from the area, 6-foot-8 playmaker Tyler Roberson.
Roberson, an ESPNU Super 60 recruit, has more than 10 scholarship offers from programs across the country, but he said he’s been receiving the most interest recently from Alabama, Florida and Rutgers.
With the Crimson Tide, head coach Anthony Grant and his staff first took note of Roberson’s skills over the summer on the AAU circuit, and they haven’t stopped recruiting him since.
“Over the summer, they started recruiting me, and it seems like ever since then they’ve just started to become more and more interested in me,” Roberson said. “Hopefully, since I talk to them so much, I can take a visit.”
Alabama’s presence in New Jersey may come to as a surprise to many, but not to Roberson. He understands that Grant is trying to find the right fits for the Tide program, no matter where that may take him.
“It didn’t really surprise me too much because (Grant) told me he liked my game and he thinks I could fit in,” Roberson said. “It made me feel like I could fit in with their program.
“Basically, he just tells me about the school and how if I go and see the campus, I’ll fall in love with it. It’s a good school academically. He tells me if I were to go there, what I would do and how I would help the team out.”
Since his days as head coach at VCU, Grant has been known to get taller, more athletic players, who can do a variety of things, and Roberson fits that bill. At 6-foot-8, he has the combination of size, athleticism and talent to do just about anything.
“I think the best part of my game is my versatility,” Roberson said. “I can post up or take somebody on the wing, and I like to get up and down. So I think I’ll fit into a program that likes to do those things.”
Alabama also remains as one of the top suitors for Sina, the 2013 point guard from New Jersey who decommitted from the Tide in September. With Roberson and Sina, UA has a chance to land two top-60 players from New Jersey.
The two discussed the possibility of playing at Alabama when they faced each other last summer.