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Tyler Roberson Visiting Syracuse; Richardson, Gist Invited to USA Basketball Tryouts
Having taken his first official visit to SMU last weekend, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic small forward Tyler Roberson is taking his second to Syracuse this weekend.
The 6-foot-8 Roberson is also expected to visit Kansas (Oct. 19), Kentucky (Nov. 2) and Villanova (TBD) officially, and Rutgers unofficially.
“Tyler’s up at Syracuse this weekend,” RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv.
“I think Syracuse has been on him for a long time and they’ve shown a ton of interest. Coach [Jim] Boeheim and Coach [Mike] Hopkins have been around our workouts and games and Tyler’s AAU stuff for a couple of years.
“I think everybody agrees that their style of pay suits his game pretty well. He would obviously be very effective with his length in their zone. Syracuse plays up and down. I think Syracuse has bunch of things that fit for Tyler very well.”
Roberson isn’t Boff’s only stud, though.
Malachi Richardson, a 2015 wing, and Asante Gist, a 2016 point guard, were both invited this weekend to USA Basketball tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“They are heading out to USA Basketball for the top 23 kids in the freshman class and the top 23 in the sophomore class,” Boff said.
“It’s an evaluation of where they fit to possibly join the U16 and U17 national teams for the World Championships coming up next year.
“Any time you have a couple of your students representing your high school with anything related to the Olympics or the national team it’s about as tremendous an honor as you could possibly have.”
Kansas and North Carolina are just two of the bluebloods interested in the 6-5 Richardson.
“Malachi is going to be receiving an official offer from Kansas in the next week,” Boff said. “Coach [Joe] Dooley was down at a couple of workouts and they’re really impressed with him. We believe an offer will be extended to him in the next week.”
Carolina assistant Hubert Davis had to postpone his visit due to Roy Williams’ recent medical procedure.
“Hubert told me their all hands are on deck on campus and then they will get out to see the underclassmen,” Boff said.
“They are using their visits now to see Jabari Parker and those types of guys.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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