The Missouri Tigers were looking to improve their backcourt and made major progress Monday in securing the commitment of Richland point guard C.J. Roberts.
Roberts, the No. 15 ranked player in the state, chose Mizzou over LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss and others. The 6’0 guard said he wasn’t planning on committing to the Tigers on his visit this weekend, but the family atmosphere made the decision clear.
“Really going into my visit, I wasn’t going to commit,” he said. “That initially wasn’t my plan. But I got there, and I just felt like I was already on the team. My mom and my dad were very comfortable with it, so it was just like, why not?”
The Missouri coaching staff took Roberts all over campus on his visit and introduced him to the team. Roberts said he knows the importance of establishing chemistry with the players and the coaching staff.
“We’re building it more and more each day,” he said. “I talked to a lot of them every day just to get that chemistry up so when I get there I’m not behind, I’m on beat, I know what’s going on and stuff.”
Now in his senior year at Richland, Roberts said he is focused on improving his athleticism as he prepares to join a Power Five program.
“I just got to get my body right,” he said. “I’ve seen all the players at Missouri and the SEC is an athletic conference, so I just got to get my body right. Got to get bigger, faster, stronger, jump higher, more tough, and just keep working on my skill set.”
Playing basketball at the Division I level has been Roberts goal for years, and to see it come to fruition, he said, is a great feeling.
“It’s just great,” he said. “I dreamed about this day growing up as a kid, when I first started playing basketball. When I saw all the people I was around committing to big colleges, I told my dad I wanted to do that. For me to be able to do that, and have him still by my side, and my mom by my side, it’s just a great feeling. I just give all the glory to God.”