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Getting to know Tyler Roberson

We have been hearing many of the names of the top 2013 recruits Kentucky has been targeting for almost a year now. Almost methodically over the past few weeks, we have been able to place check marks next to each name as John Calipari secures their commitments, most of the time via a Thursday edition of ESPNU. Honestly, it has almost become a weekly routine for Kentucky fans over the past month: wake up, work, eat, sleep, celebrate a 5-star commitment in the 2013 class. The final chips are still waiting to fall, but one name that has been surfacing even more so lately than before is Tyler Roberson. The name has not by any means come out of nowhere, but in comparison to how consistently we have been hearing about the Harrison twins and James Young, Roberson is perhaps not as well known. Roberson only recently picked up an offer from the Cats in September after Calipari watched him play in person.

Allow me to help you get to know Tyler Roberson a little better. Roberson has not been shy about his wanting to make a visit to Kentucky, and according to, that visit will happen on November 2nd. Even with the recent commitment of big man Marcus Lee, Roberson’s interest in the Cats seems to still be in tact.

Roberson is a 6’7 (or 6’8 depending on who you trust) forward who can play both the 3 and the 4 spot from Roselle, New Jersey. Depending on which service you prefer, Roberson is anywhere from a top 25 to top 35 prospect. has him ranked as the 14th best forward in the class, while Yahoo Sports has Roberson ranked as the 30th best overall player in the class.Scouts describe Roberson as difficult to guard due to his length and athleticism. Roberson has been able to extend his range and can no consistently knock down jump shots, as well as the strong ability he already has to finish around the basket.

Roberson attended Rutgers Midnight Madness recently and as the hometown school, Rutgers has to be considered a major player. Roberson has also visited and is considering Syracuse and SMU. He has scheduled visits in the next few weeks with Kansas and Villanova in addition to Kentucky.

When Kentucky offered Roberson, he had this to say to about the honor, “It was nice. They were also a top program in the country, so it was exciting.” As of now, Roberson has said that he would like to make a decision by the fall, but could potentially push that decision back to the spring if necessary. Smart money would have to say that Roberson’s chances of signing with the Cats would be much greater if Julius Randle decides to go elsewhere. Only time will tell though.



Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

16 Comments for Getting to know Tyler Roberson

  1. tdogg40330
    9:35 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Randle will be at UK

  2. Jordan
    9:50 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Randle, twins, young, wiggins an either lee or Gordon. We got lee so that leaves wiggins and randle. People, it will happen. If we get Roberson it’s cause cal is setting up Orlando for 2014 with a great returning cast. Cal will go 40-0 with that team and he’s out, Antigua in. Just an amateur’s speculation. Oh yea, we won’t have a player back from this team. That’s including Kyle and Willie. Those boys will be representing UK in the League next year. Count it, kids.

  3. TampaCat
    9:52 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Randle is the icing
    Wiggins is the cake
    40-0 Baby!

  4. I Say
    10:30 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Those are bold statements.

  5. Cokely
    10:37 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    2.) Out of all the bold statements made by fans on this site I actually could see that one happening. I’ve been saying for awhile now that Coach O is being groomed to be our next coach. La Familia

  6. Jordan
    10:41 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I love Coach O. He’s the only other person in the country who really understand how Cal does it. I love the Cats and Cal, I’m just enjoying the ride.

  7. I Say
    10:51 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Ive heard Coach Payne is the best recruiter of him, antigua, and robic

  8. UKHoopshysteria
    11:37 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Tampa beat me to it! The only two names to even care about are Randle and Wiggins. Those two are the cream of the crop. Give me those two and u can go ahead and knit a title banner. Add them and everything else pails in comparison as far as recruiting classes go.

  9. steve fitts
    11:44 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, your high school English teacher said to tell you that Roberson’s interest in Kentucky is not still in tact, it is still intact (thought he might also be tactful)!

  10. J A Brooks
    12:06 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Roberson will be a 3 in Cal’s system… just saying. That’s why he’s still coming and why Cal isn’t “saving” a spot for Randle… because Cal doesn’t plan on using Roberson as a 3. The kid will be a 3 in the NBA, not a 4, thus Cal will use him as a 3.

    He personally reminds me of Corey Brewer

  11. SadCat
    12:38 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    9) stop posting minor errors, we don’t want
    to waste time reading such trivia. Minor
    mistakes happen; we know, you don’t…

  12. RIP Mel Turpin
    3:48 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Even with Randle & Wiggins, won’t we be slightly undersized without a big in the middle? Maybe that works great because of the DDMO. The speed and athleticism would be incredible. Still…we will miss the shot blocking and length of Davis/Noel because the standard has been set quite high.

  13. tired of it
    8:40 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    in before Gogaytors says “sorry, he’s not UK bound”.

  14. Pioneer
    8:46 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    #12 Marcus Lee says hello

  15. UKBlue1!
    9:11 am October 20, 2012 Permalink

    In response to the 40-0 posts. This will not happen unless 2 things happen. Cal will have to have 2 players with experience return for 2013-14 season. We had Miller, Jones and Lamb with significant experience last season and lost. We already know some of UK’s schedule next year Mich St. Baylor, UofL, @UNC, Florida 2X, @Mizzu and games against Arkansas, UT and Vandy.

  16. tyrone biggins
    1:11 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t believe Cal will leave that soon. Too many new contracts floating around with him and asst. coaches, 35mil+ is alot to give up, to go do what? Not many things to do that pays that kind of money. Although, I do think when he leaves Orlando will be in.