Syracuse-Bound Roberson Ends Career With Jersey Tournament of Champions Title


TRENTON, N.J.
— The much-anticipated battle between Syracuse commit Tyler Roberson and Kentucky pledge Karl Towns Jr. did not live up to the hype after all.

Roberson outscored Towns Jr. 19-7 as head coach Dave Boff and Roselle Catholic won their first-ever New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, 65-49, over St. Joe’s-Metuchen before a crowd of 6,084 at Sun National Bank Center.

“It’s a good feeling,” the 6-foot-9 Roberson, who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds to go with two blocks, told SNY.tv. “I always wanted one [a state title] when I was in middle school and high school. It was like a dream and now it’s come true. So it’s just amazing.”

Roselle Catholic had previously knocked off two-time defending TOC winner St. Anthony, led by Hall of Famer Bob Hurley, in the Non-Public B title game.

Roberson, part of a heralded five-man recruiting class at Syracuse that also includes St. Benedict’s Prep point guard Tyler Ennis, scored 17 points in the second half after St. Joe’s (27-4) closed to within 28-27.

RC (25-5) outscored St. Joe’s, 39-33 after the break, but then managed to accidentally break the trophy in the interview room.

“I think [Roberson] saved us almost in the second half,” said Roberson’s teammate, Malachi Richardson.

A sophomore wing, Richardson  carried the Lions in the first half, scoring 14 of his game-best 22 points. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from the arc on the night.

“I just go it going and tried to keep it going,” Richardson said.

Richardson’s performance came in his hometown of Trenton, making it all that more special. He has since moved to East Orange.

“That’s great, that’s the best feeling in the world, knowing I came here and did it,” Richardson told SNY.tv. “It’s perfect, watching LeBron and Carmelo go here and play and kill, it’s just a great feeling to be here and win it.”

Richardson holds offers from some of the top programs in the nation, including Indiana, Ohio State and Georgetown, as well as Rutgers, Seton Hall and others.

“He’s a pro,” one high-major coach who attended the game told SNY.tv.

On a night when his future school lost at Robert Morris, 59-57, in the first round of the NIT, Towns Jr. also came up short.

The 7-foot-1 1/2 Kentucky commit managed just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds and three blocks.

Marques Townes led St. Joe’s with 17 points and Wade Baldwin added 13 on 5-of-11 shooting.

Towns Jr. did not touch the ball in the paint often and his teammates weren’t looking to feed him the ball there, either. No pick-and-roll, no pick-and-pop, not much to get the big guy going.

“They had defensive intensity against me,” Towns Jr. said. “Every time I turned around there were three people around me, three people around me. So I had to get my teammates open. And they did a good job of taking outlet passes away.”

On this night, Roberson and his teammates got the better of him and the Syracuse pledge ended his career with a state title.

“Karl’s a great player,” Roberson said. “I think he played a great game. I think defensively we did a good job on him.”

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Rutgers coach Mike Rice, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and former Rutgers coach Freddie Hill were in attendance. Rice and Willard were scouting Wade Baldwin of St. Joe’s and Malachi Richardson and freshman PG Asante Gist of RC….RC coach Dave Boff and Gill St. Bernard’s coach Mergin Sina will coach the Jersey team in the Jordan Regional Game April 13 at Barclays Center.

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438 comments
Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife


A word here about RGIII.

A world class speedster.

A terrific athlete.

A good guy.

But--- Do not touch him, Jets!

We have seen what  happens to a quick, 200 lb. running quarterback in today's NFL.  They leave the pocket, become a running back and it's off to  injured reserve. It happened to Michael Vick. It happened to RGIII.

Wish him luck, but not in green.

Just my .02.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Lloyd Jay Reife 


RGIII is not Vick...


RGIII when he was healthy as a rookie had a 102 QB rating with 20 TD's and just 5 interceptions. He completed 65% of his passes....


RGIII needs to be developed into a pure pocket passer. He has the intelligence and the arm talent to be a good QB.  RGIII simply needs the right coach and to be put into the right system. He may also need to sit on the bench for a year or two and learn just like Steve Young did early in his career.


If Mark Sanchez's career can be saved then I think RGIII's career can be salvaged as well.


The Redskins have never really been a winning organization since Dan Snyder bought that club. They are a dysfunctional franchise just like the NY Jets. The real key for RGIII if he comes to the Jets would be Woody Johnson putting in place the right GM and coaching infrastructure.


A team needs to have more than one QB. On a risk free deal RGIII is a fascinating prospect for the right coach to develop over time. Jim Harbough at one point had Alex Smith on his roster along with Kaepernick. I'd love to see Harbough with RGIII and Mariota or Winston....It would be fascinating

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@bradysucks



RGIII when he was healthy as a rookie had a 102 QB rating with 20 TD's and just 5 interceptions. He completed 65% of his passes.... 


yes, when he was healthy.    But he left the pocket too often.

WW85
WW85

He doesnt have the motivation to change. Don't touch this guy

bradysucks
bradysucks

Agree - he left the pocket and his coaches wanted him to

I am talking about a low cost low risk contract and developing the guy as a pocket passer

A change of scenery can work wonders (see Mark Sanchez)

bradysucks
bradysucks

How could you possibly know his motivation?

He was motivated enough to make it to the NFL and play his way into being drafted 2nd overall behind Andrew Luck. He never got the big money contract either because of the new rookie salary structure.

The guy has plenty of financial motivation as well as competitive motivation to prove the Skins wrong.

If Mark Sanchez can save his career then so can RG3.

WW85
WW85

RG3 won't be risk free. There will be high draft picks involved. I'd rather go with Mariota

WW85
WW85

@bradysucks Because all the signs coming from Washington are that he's not trying to become a pocket passer & not putting in the work. He's an arrogant guy who thinks he's smarter than the coaches. That's why he suffered such severe injuries & also why he sucks as a QB this year.

WW85
WW85

I wanted Geno to do well. I think Vick deserves to start and I've been defending him. But iim a racist because I don't think RG3 will be good here? I want Mariotta but in still a racist? Floyd Gontakenyour comments someplace else

BDarc23
BDarc23

I have convinced myself that John Gruden, Jake Locker, Iupati, Revis, Amari Cooper, 2nd rd QB and keeping Harvin turns this team into a contender

Bent
Bent moderator

@BDarc23 @Bent


It is... I was just referencing the fact that whenever someone puts "Lupati" someone else always says "It's iupati with an i"

Joe B.
Joe B.

@BDarc23 I like Iupati but lately it seems that whenever I watch a Niners game he gets banged up at some point and needs time to recover. I hope it's not a presage of what's to come.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@a57se @BDarc23 Hah. I don't think you have offered a plan yet for next year though. It's tough with this many holes. I will defend my Gruden pick with the fact that I think he will attempt to run an innovative offense and I am hoping that it would help cover some of the holes on offense. 

levi
levi

@BDarc23  I think he's happy doing what he is doing now.

levi
levi

@BDarc23  He liked the Geno pick so that bothers me a bit. Unless of course Geno turns it around then he's a genius. lol

WW85
WW85

Harbaugh would come if given complete football control

bradysucks
bradysucks

@BDarc23 


I have always liked Jake Locker but he can never seem to stay healthy.....which is too bad. I think he is a talented player.


I would love to be able to line up Amari Cooper opposite of Eric Decker and put Harvin into the slot...


Revis would fix a big hole in the secondary.....I'd actually rather pay Revis and get rid of Harvin and still draft Amari Cooper....I'm not sure paying both Revis and Harvin is even possible....


Realistically the Jets cannot depend on an injury prone Jake Locker. They are going to have to draft a QB...


Lupati  would be a large upgrade over Winters....


Only problem is the Jets have a bunch of complete morons in the front office. I would be shocked if their front office people can spell their own names without difficulty

hazard2012
hazard2012

@BDarc23


Doubt John Gruden ever coaches again.  He seems to like his broadcasting career far too much.    


I would go about it differently.   Obviously, I think we need a new GM, new HC and coaching staff (other than Dunbar), and new scouting dept.   Beyond that, sign a  quality CB in FAcy and hope that Dee and Dex stay healthy and that they, and Pryor, can actually play to level of expectations.     Draft either Winston or Mariota with first pick, soon followed by a top OT & G...there are plenty of both in this draft, and add a WR and edge rusher in the mix.   Keep Harvin but restructure him, lock Mo up long-term.     


One could argue that Mariota will have more of a learning curve to a pro offense than Winston...so the former may need a veteran 'transition' QB whereas the latter may not at all. (Jameis will have a very different group of special needs coming to NYC.)   Either way, the Jets will need a proven QB 'whisperer' who has developed pro QB's and can do it again.    


bradysucks
bradysucks

@hazard2012 @BDarc23 


I think Jim Harbough would be a great coach for either Winston or Mariota.


Winston needs an intense guy in his ear (who commands respect) to stay on top of him and keep him disciplined and grounded. Harbough is exactly that kind of coach.


Mariota is just like Kaepernick so that would be familiar territory for Harbough....


I doubt Woody Johnson can persuade Harbough to coach the Jets. I'm not even sure he leaves the 49ers despite the rumors

hazard2012
hazard2012

@WW85


Not sold on Jim Harbaugh.   Like his brother much better.  Think Jim outlives his welcome, with everyone, including players, fairly quickly.   Don't think he's a good match for NY and still less of one for the Jets.     Perhaps more importantly, I certainly would NOT give Harbaugh total control...give me a good, proven GM and a good scouting dept to go with a good HC.... especially with an organization as dysfunctional as the Jets.  

WW85
WW85

@hazard2012 I'm not a big Harbaugh guy either, but I am starting to feel that the Jets need a dictator. Harbaugh took 4 years to turn Stanford into a legitimate title contender from total garbage. The 49ers he took from 6-10 before he arrived to 13-3 his first year.  He's legit.