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13 - Ronald Roberts

St. Joseph's 

  • Birthday: 8/5/91
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Bayonne, NJ
  • High School: Saint Peter's Prep
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7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

86

2014
Mock:  59

NBA Comparison: Jeff Adrien

Strengths: Roberts was the top inside scorer for an underrated St. Joe's squad that nearly beat eventual champion Connecticut, losing in overtime in the second round of the NCAA tourney … This past season, he averaged 17.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per 40 minutes; those numbers are especially impressive when considering that the Hawks had a slow–tempo offense that ranked 222nd in the country in possessions per game at 66.3 … Very efficient scorer – as a senior, he shot 60% from the field, including 71% of his attempts at the rim, according to Hoop–Math.com … Got to the line with the regularity, averaging 7.1 free throw attempts per 40 min … An effective offensive rebounder, averaging 3.5 per 40… Good athlete – explosive and quick to elevate… Has an above-average wingspan (7-foot) and reach … Scrappy – fights for loose balls and uses his quick second jump to his advantage … Excellent finisher – dunks with ease, doesn't mind contact, and has good body control … A terrific defender, on the inside and out – fights through screens, hedges well, and holds his own against wings and guards when switching. Alert and active as a help defender … Stays out of foul trouble, averaging 2.9 fouls per 40 this past season, an impressive number for someone who was exclusively used as a 4 /5 ...

Weaknesses: Roberts is a very limited offensive player; mainly used as either a screener on high pick and rolls or as a post-up player in college … More than 73 percent of his shots came at the rim this past season, according to Hoop–Math.com … Doesn't possess many post-up moves ... Reluctant to drive or shoot away from the basket; opponents dare him to shoot. In four years at St. Joseph's, Roberts never attempted a three-point shot, and according to Hoop–Math.com, he shot just 31% away from the rim … Poor free-throw shooter, making less than 60% of his attempts at St. Joe’s … Sometimes stagnant on the offensive end of the floor, standing around and not fighting to get open… Not an elite shot blocker or defensive rebounder, averaging a modest 1.6 and 5.4 per 40 in those respective categories as a senior ...

Notes: At the Portsmouth Invitational in April, Roberts averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds in his last 3 games, including 24 and 12 in the championship game … Roberts’ mother played for the Dominican National team, and his father played college ball at Oklahoma and overseas as a pro… According to his agent, Ben Pensack, Roberts is currently in Los Angeles for a workout at the Clippers’ facilities, with every NBA team in attendance. The youngster worked out for the Jazz 10 days ago, and has a lot more workouts coming. Also, Roberts has duel citizenship, and will possibly play for the Dominican national team in the future ...

Outlook: At St. Joe's, Roberts was mainly used at center on offense and at power forward on defense ... However, due to his size limitations, he won’t be able to dominate on the inside in the pros as he did in college ... He appears to have enough lateral speed and quickness to be an adequate wing defender, and with added muscle, he could play some at the 4 spot ... Offensively, he desperately needs to develop a mid-range and/or dribble-drive game; until then, he is going to be a liability, no matter where he plays ... Overall, Roberts has enough positive attributes to be taken late in the second round and possibly stick with an NBA club. At worst, he should have a solid career in Europe ...

Richard Harris 5/21/14

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