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  Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

Player Profile


Toledo, OH

High School:
St. John's

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175


2007-2008: Opened the season with 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor and five assists in a win over East Tennessee State. He came close to a triple-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Toledo. He scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the final 1:04, including the game-winning three-pointer in a victory at Miami. He earned national notice when ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz named Roberts the national player of the week in his "Weekly Watch" ESPN.com column on Dec. 10. He was named the Atlantic 10 and ESPN's Weekly Watch Player of the Week after recording 31 points and five assists in UD's upset win over then No. 6 Pittsburgh. He earned the A-10 Player of the Week award for the second time on Jan. 13. He was named as one of 30 nominees for the John R. Wooden Award...also named as one of 30 nominees for the Naismith Award and also selected as one of 16 finalists for the Bob Cousy award on Feb. 1. He was named First Team All District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Roberts is UD's second three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection (second team in 2005-06, 2006-07, first team in 2007-08).Roberts is just the eighth Flyer to earn MVP honors as a sophomore and junior. And he is the only one of those eight to improve all of his numbers across the board - scoring, shooting, minutes, assists, steals, even blocked shots - from his sophomore to his junior year. He started all 34 games and averaged a team best 18.4 points and lead the team in free throw ppercentage (86%), 3-pt percentage (45.5%), assists (117), and minutes played(1179).

Ryan Perryman was the last to accomplish it after the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. Perryman was preceded by Anthony Corbitt, Roosevelt Chapman, Jim Paxson, Johnny Davis, Donald Smith and Henry Finkel. All seven of those players are in the UD Athletic Hall of Fame and were named to the Flyer All-Century Team named in 2005.

2006-2007:Roberts led UD in scoring (18.5), assists (2.7), minutes (35.6), 3-pt. FG's per game (2.7), FT% (.899, 133-148) and 3-pt. FG% (.458, 82-179) in 2006-07. He has a more than solid chance to be the first UD player to lead the team in scoring three times since Paxson did it in 1978-79. It just so happens that Paxson was also the last Flyer to be named an All-American.

Roberts also ranked third in FT%, third in 3-pt. FG and fourth in 3-pt. FG% on the Flyer single-season charts last season. He shot almost as many free throws (148) in 2006-07 as he did in his first two seasons combined (153).

Roberts was the only player listed among the Atlantic 10's top five in scoring (3rd), minutes (2nd), FT% (2nd), 3-pt. FG% (2nd) and 3-pointers per game (5th). He enters the season with the third-highest shooting percentage from three-point range (minimum 1.5 made per game) in A-10 history. Robert's .433 (193-445) is behind Pat Carroll's (SJU) .445 and Richard McCormick's (SBU) .444.

One of the greatest shooters in the country, Roberts is already the only UD player in the school's top five in career 3-pt. FG% and FT%. His .430 (191-444) from behind the arc is second at UD and his .843 FT% (258-306) is third.

Not just a strong performer on the court, Roberts is also one of just four Dayton players to be named winner of the White-Allen MVP Award and the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award (top GPA). He is also the only Flyer men's basketball player to be named all-conference and academic all-conference in the same season.

Roberts was consistently good as a junior, hitting double figures in 28 of his 31 games. He had a streak of 34 consecutive free throws made during the 2006-07 season. That tied the second-best run in UD history (Bobby Joe Hooper also made 34 during the 1965-66 season) and was just two away from the school record of 36 by Damon Goodwin in 1983-84.

Over his career, Roberts has demonstrated a knack for two things: scoring his points in short amounts of time, and playing well on the road. He scored at least ten points in a half 25 times in 2006-07, and has done it 50 times in his career. And he averaged 17.9 points a game away from UD Arena last year. Over his college career, Roberts' road scoring average of 15.5 points is actually better than his home average of 14.0.

2005-2006:As a sophomore, Roberts was named second team all-conference in his first season as a starter. He led UD in scoring (16.0), minutes (33.4), and three-pointers made (68). He was seventh in the A-10 in scoring, and was the only player in the A-10 among the conference's top ten in scoring who was also in the conference's top dozen players in assists, three-pointers, FG%, and 3-pt. FG%.

In a season of breakout games, some rise above the others. He just about matched Bluejay All-American Nate Funk shot-for-shot with a career-high 34 points (Funk had a career-high 38) at Creighton. His 24 points led all scorers in UD's win at Cincinnati.He tallied 14 points (although that was almost a third of UD's points) and scored the game-winner with 3.6 seconds left in the 46-44 win against Saint Louis at home.

2004-2005:As a freshman, he came off the bench in 28 of the 29 games, and was second on the team in scoring (9.2), FG% (.450, 90-200) and three-pointers (43). He was named to the 2004-05 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, and was the only non-starter on the team. Roberts was also named UD's Most Improved Player after reaching double figures in 11 of the last 17 games of the year.

High School:Roberts was the 2004 Ohio Division I Co-Player of the Year after guiding Toledo St. John's High School to the state championship game. Roberts' 18 points in the finals led all scorers as Hamilton edged St. John's 51-48.

Roberts had a 70-11 career record in his three seasons as his team's starting point guard. In addition to reaching the 2004 state finals, TSJ was ranked #5 in 2003 and #1 in the state in 2002.

His teams reached the Ohio Elite 8 in 2002, the state final semifinals in 2003, and the title game in 2004.

He was a three-time Associated Press All-Ohio selection (honorable mention, third team, and first team in 2004), two-time District VII Player of the Year and two-time Toledo City League Player of the Year.

Personal Data
Son of Nolan, Jr. and Ann Roberts
Birthday - December 3, 1985
Major - Marketing
Roberts has a brother Nolan (33) who played college basketball at Valparaiso and a sister Shanda (31) who played at Kentucky and Toledo.
High School Coach - Ed Heintschel
AAU Team - All-Ohio Red

Career Statistics

Year GP GS Min FG Att Pct 3Pt Att Pct FT Att Pct Reb Avg Ast Blk Stl Pts Avg
2004-05 29 1 586 90 200 .450 43 100 .430 44 56 .786 77 2.7 42 0 14 267 9.2
2005-06 31 29 1034 175 419 .418 68 166 .410 77 97 .794 108 3.5 107 2 15 495 16.0
2006-07 31 30 1103 179 386 .464 82 179 .458 133 148 .899 89 2.9 83 7 21 573 18.5
CAREER 91 60 2723 444 1,005 .442 193 442 .437 254 301 .844 274 3.0 232 9 50 1,335 14.7

Career Highs
Points - 34, at Creighton (11/26/05); 34, La Salle (1/13/07)
Rebounds - 12, Saint Louis (3/1/06)
Assists - 8, Florida A & M (12/19/05)
Steals - 4, at La Salle (2/18/06)
FGs Made - 13, at Creighton (11/26/05)
Blocks - 2, at Temple (2/28/07)
FT Made - 11, La Salle (1/13/07)
Minutes - 47, at Creighton - 2OT (11/26/05); 40, at Xavier - reg. (1/28/06)

Flyer 2's...
D. J. Stelly (2001-03), Chris Spears (2003-04)