Yesterday reports surfaced that former-Saint Joseph's standout Ronald Roberts agreed to a three-year partially guaranteed contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. Roberts had a deal with the French basketball club Chalon that included an NBA opt out clause. The forward reportedly told Chalon in early August he would be headed to the NBA as Chalon head coach Choulet Jean Denys tweeted the news himself on August 2nd.
CSN Philly's Dei Lynam reports Roberts' agent, Adam Pensack, cannot confirm that Roberts had signed with the Sixers but will have news about his client "in the next few weeks."
While Pensack would not confirm the report, he also did not deny it. He simply just stayed mum on the whole situation which leads me to believe there is an element of truth to the report the 76ers have signed Roberts.
Roberts appeared in five games for the Sixers in Orlando averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game. The 6'8", 225 lbs. forward averaged 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Atlantic-10 Champion Saint Joseph's Hawks in his senior season in 2013-14.
Roberts play is no different than what it was at Hagan Arena. He still fights and claws for rebounds. He still makes his living in the dirty areas. He still jumps out of the gym on high-flying dunks. And he still leaves it all on the court every minute he is out there.
Many around the league are beginning to take not of Roberts' leaping ability and high-motor style of play. His offensive game isn't quite NBA-polished but it suffices. He sometimes displays a "bull in a china shop" mentality on the court that got him into a bit of foul trouble in college. But, with all of that taken into consideration, he still made a major, positive impact on the court whenever he was playing.
Guys who play and approach the game like Roberts seem to find a place on NBA rosters. They might not always start or be perennial all-stars but they make huge impacts on championship-caliber teams.
If you're a Sixers fan or a St. Joe's fan, watching Roberts play in the summer league was fun. It's hard not to root for the soft-spoken 6'8" forward.
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