St. John’s pursuit of talent in 2018 has included some highly-rated, nationally known forwards and guards, but the Johnnies have also taken a shine to an unheralded post-grad named Josh Roberts from Alabama.
Roberts, a 6’9” power forward who will play next fall in a post-grad year at Montverde Academy, is originally from Troy, Alabama, where he played at Charles Henderson HS. The Johnnies have seen him running in AAU ball with the Southern Stampede, the AAU team that 2019 guard target Jalen Lecque plays with.
St. John’s likes him so much that they are bringing him in for an official visit in September, per Adam Zagoria.
Josh Roberts, 6-foot-10 C from Southern Stampede / Montverde, will take an official to @StJohnsBBall sept. 1-3— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 5, 2017
His offense seems to come close to the basket and on putbacks, and in EYBL, he was not a big scorer. In the major recruiting sites, he doesn’t have a high ranking, hence the post-grad year - but he has drawn offers from St. John’s, Georgia, Auburn and others. And he’s got good energy.
Between the clips from AAU and the highlights from high school, Roberts has potential to be an active rebounder who holds space while not needing shots - necessary for a team that will have a number of high scoring players, including Shamorie Ponds, possibly Marcus LoVett, Mikey Dixon and others.
St. John’s will have at least two more slots for new players in 2018, with Boubacar Diakite coming into the program as an early commit. After this season, Bashir Ahmed and Amar Alibegovic will graduate from the program; Marcus LoVett, who looked at pro opportunities after his freshman year, may look again. And every year, some players may choose to look for other opportunities.
Chris Mullin’s team is in need of big men - will Roberts be one of the solutions next season?