Former St. Joe’s Forward Roberts to Play Summer League With Sixers, Heat

Ronald RobertsAfter going through more than a dozen workouts with NBA teams, Ronald Roberts thought there was a decent chance he might hear his named called during Thursday’s NBA Draft.

But when the Draft was over, the former St. Peter’s Prep star was still waiting.

“The whole time when I was going through the process, I felt like it was a 50/50 chance that I would have my named called,” the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Roberts told SNY.tv by phone.

“Obviously, I was disappointed just because I worked so hard ever since I was playing basketball and it was tough not hearing my name called, but it definitely gave me more motivation to show everybody what I got in a five-on-five setting where I showcase what I can do.”

A couple hours after the draft, Roberts got two doses of good news from agent Adam Pensack. To read more of this story, click here

DeAndre’ Bembry, And His Hair, A Force to be Reckoned With

Bembry hairBUFFALO — DeAndre’ Bembry’s afro doesn’t have its own Twitter account, but maybe it should.

Just as former Murray State standout Ed Daniel’s hair has its own Twitter, @ed_hair, Bembry’s would seem to be a prime candidate, too.

“Somebody told me I should get a Twitter account for it,” he said here as St. Joe’s prepared to play UConn Thursday in an East Regional game. To read more of this story, click here

St. Joe’s Lands 6-10 Center Romeo

St. Joe’s on Saturday landed a pledge from 6-foot-10 shot-blocking center Obi Romeo.

“I will b playing basketball at st Joseph university next 2014 as a hawk. To God b d glory💪🏀,” he Tweeted.

“The [Atlantic 10] Conference is a great conference for him, and I think a lot of it had to do with coach [Phil] Martelli and his relationship with Obi,” his father, Rick Romeo, told CoBL. “I think it was just a good fit for him personally, the campus…all-around we think it’s a pretty good situation.”

A native of Nigeria, Romeo has a 7-foot-7 wingspan and is considered a shot-blocking, defensive-oriented big man who can help them going forward.

Romeo is the fourth St. Joe’s commit for 2014, joining New York City combo guard Shavar Newkirk, wing James Demery and combo forward Markell Lodge.

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Shavar Newkirk to St. Joe’s

St. Joe’s picked up a tough, gritty New York point guard Friday when Shavar Newkirk of Cardinal Hayes pledged to the program.

“I picked St. Joe’s because I created a relationship with the head coach [Phil Martelli],” the 6-foot, 170-pound Newkirk told SNY.tv.

“They extended the reach of communication between my family and Coach Martelli. He felt I would be a great fit for his program and he really wanted me to come to his school. He came to every event and called me every night. I can’t turn down a guy that my best interests.” To read more of this story, click here

DeAndre Bembry to St. Joe’s

DeAndre Bembry, a 6-foot-6 Class of 2013 small forward out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG during his senior season. Here’s his third entry:

I would like to thank every school that was interested in me.

My last two choices were in Philly between St. Joe’s and Temple.

They both are two great schools but I felt that St. Joe’s was the best choice for my career in college. My family also agreed that St. Joe’s was the best decision as well. To read more of this story, click here

St. Joe’s Roberts Enjoys Big Weekend in Brooklyn

By DAN KELLY

Special to ZAGSBLOG

BROOKLYN Ronald Roberts Jr. can dunk.

Hard.

The 6-foot-8 junior from St. Joe’s played way up above the rim in both match-ups this weekend at the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

After putting up 21 points and 16 rebounds in St. Joe’s upset of No. 20 Notre Dame Friday night, the former St. Peter’s Prep standout added 15 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s 73-66 loss to Florida State in the title game. To read more of this story, click here

Temple Movement Talk Dominates A-10 Media Day

BROOKLYN — The dominant theme at A-10 Media Day wasn’t Chris Mack’s Xavier team being installed as the preseason No. 1, or Xavier’s Tu Holloway and St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson leading the Preseason First Team.

No, the dominant topic was Temple’s potential move to the Big East and the ensuing dominoes that would fall.

A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade essentially said Temple had to do what it had to do on the football side, but that she hoped the school would remain in her league for other sports.

St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said he couldn’t imagine the City of Brotherly Love, famously unsupportive of college football, supporting two Big East gridiron teams. To read more of this story, click here

Former St. Joe's Commit Bruce Getting Looks

David Bruce, the former Linden (N.J.) High School standout and onetime St. Joseph’s commit, is now a redshirt freshman at Harcum (Pa.) College and getting some looks.

The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor. Harcum is 11-3.

“Dave will graduate this summer and have three years of eligibility to play at the next level,” Harcum coach Drew Kelly said by email. To read more of this story, click here

Elijah Carter's Stock Taking Off

A year ago at this time, Elijah Carter was being recruited by low- and mid-level Division 1 programs, just hoping to get a scholarship to play ball.

A year later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter is one of the hottest prospects available, as evidenced by the fact that Cincinnati, Rutgers, Oregon, Texas A&M and Charlotte wanted him to attend college this fall even though he has already said he’ll spend a prep year at Brewster (N.H. ) Academy.

“He plays like Kyrie Irving,” one Big East assistant coach said, referring to the McDonald’s All-American from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick headed to Duke. “He’s best friends with Kyrie Irving. His game is similar to his. He’s not really a point guard. He’s more of a scoring guard but he can play the point.”

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6-11 Malcolm Gilbert A Defensive Force

NEW YORK — Malcolm Gilbert didn’t score a single point during Sunday’s 17-and-under Gold championship game at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University.

But at 6 feet, 11 inches tall, Gilbert was a major factor in helping East Coast Elite down Andre Drummond and the Connecticut Basketball Club, 63-58, for the title.

Gilbert had five blocks on Drummond, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, in the first half and six total blocks in the game. He also finished with 9 rebounds — 6 offensive, 3 defensive — before fouling out with 54 seconds remaining.

“He’s intriguing because of his upside,” East Coach Elite coach Terrell Myers said before the final. “What people don’t understand is, they see 6-11, they look at him as an offensive player. He’s not an offensive player, he’s a defensive player. To read more of this story, click here