Posted On: 01/10/17 1:43 PM
Nate Roberts is making changes, but they are changes he feels are ultimately for the best.
Roberts, who’s ranked as one of the top 2018 recruits in the Maryland/D.C. area and is probably one of the better hoops recruits nationally, recently decided to transfer schools. He’ll be going from John Carroll (Md.) to Brewster Academy (N.H.), a school he feels will benefit him in multiple ways. It’s also a school where he feels he can continue what he believes has been a pretty good 2016-17 season so far.
“My mom, mentor and even my current high school (Coach John Zito) saw that Brewster was going to better help me academically in the future as well as athletically prepare for the next level,” Roberts told Prep Hoops when asked why he decided to switch schools.
Currently ranked as the No. 5 2018 recruit in the Maryland/D.C. area, Roberts will be leaving the recruiting hotbed for New Hampshire. It’s a big change, but it’s one he says he’s ready for. He’s heading up to his new home soon and will start school on Monday.
“I’m jumping right in then playing,” he said, specifically referring to playing basketball with Brewster.
And as far as what he brings to the table for his new team, Roberts believes he can be a big part of the puzzle.
“I bring a lot of energy on both sides of the ball,” he explained. “I talked to Coach Smith and he said the missing piece was a hybrid forward, and I believe I can step in and be that hybrid forward that affects the game in many ways.”
Recruiting wise, Roberts says he’s hearing from a bunch of schools, with some contacting him more than others. Overall, he says the recruiting process is looking good, though, and with an offer list like his, it’s hard to argue.
Cincinnati, Clemson, Kansas State, Indiana, Seton Hall and UConn have all offered the 6’9” power forward.
“Everyone is about even,” he said when asked whether or not any of the above schools are standing out. “Ultimately, I’m looking for a school that’s going to be my home away from home, so comfortability with my environment is going to be big in my decision.”
Roberts relayed that academics will also play a big role for him, as will the people around him and the overall status of the program.
“I want to fit right in like I’ve known the coaches, players and staff for years,” he said. “The competitiveness of the program is also going help groove my decision.”
Roberts is not ready to make a decision yet — and it’s worth noting that he has plenty of time to do so — but he did tell Prep Hoops that he does plan on committing sometime this year.
With an offer list that should only get bigger as he settles in at Brewster Academy, Roberts’ decision will definitely be a tough one. It’s good that he knows what he wants, though, and he’s obviously not afraid to make big decisions in an effort to put himself in the best position, both academically and as a basketball player.