April 16, 2014
Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has announced the signing of forward Jeff Roberson to a National Letter of Intent and will be eligible to compete for the Commodores in the fall of 2014.
"Jeff Roberson is a high level prospect from an outstanding academic high school," said Stallings. "He is also a high character kid from a great family. His versatility is a big asset because he does so many things well on the basketball court. We are very excited to have him."
Roberson, who attended the Kinkaid School in Houston, is a 6'7 forward who averaged 20.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.5 steals as a senior and was a finalist for the Guy V. Lewis Award, which is given to the top high school player in the city of Houston. As a senior, Roberson shot 66.8% from the floor, 48% from three-point range, and 78% from the free throw line.
A four-time All-Southwest Preparatory Conference selection and a member of the All-Greater Houston Team, Roberson leaves Kinkaid as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,743 points.
Roberson chose the Commodores over Georgia Tech, Saint Louis, and Harvard.
"I think Vanderbilt fit me best because of the family atmosphere," said Roberson. "I got close with the guys on my visit, and felt that the academics and basketball at Vanderbilt are a great mix. It really had a great family feel like I have here in Houston."
Roberson joins fall signees Wade Baldwin, Matthew Fisher-Davis, and Riley LaChance and rounds out the Commodores 2013-14 signing class.
Update on Fall Signees
All three of the Commodore fall signees had stellar senior campaigns.
Baldwin, a 6'3 guard from Metchen, N.J. led his St. Joseph's team to a 30-2 overall record and the Non-Public A New Jersey State Championship after averaging 15 points, 7.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals. Baldwin compiled a record of 57-7 in his junior and senior seasons, and departed St. Joseph's with 1,727 career points and 104 three-point baskets. He was a first-team All-Middlesex County and first-team All-Area selection, as well as being named the Middlesex County Player of the Year. He was also named a second-team all-state selection.
Fisher-Davis, who played at Butler High School in Charlotte, averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks per game as a senior, and was named the SW4A Player of the Year and as a member of the Charlotte Observer's All-Observer team. Fisher-Davis, one of the class of 2014's best shooters, shot 67.5% from the floor, 49.1% from three, and 96% from the free throw line in his senior season. He was also named as an All-County and an All-District selection, and was invited to play in the Team USA vs. Team Florida Game as well as the North Carolina East/West All-Star Game.
LaChance, who played for Brookfield Central High School in Brookfield, Wisc., captained his team to a 24-1 record and registered a tremendous senior season and career with the Lancers. He averaged 23.0 points and 2.6 assists and was named a unanimous first-team All-State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and the Associated Press. He was voted the top point guard in the state of Wisconsin by Wisconsin Hoops, and was the Player of the Year for Waukesha County. LaChance finished his career at Brookfield Central as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,643 points, the school's single-season scoring leader with 543 points, and the all-time leader in steals with 188. He also finished fourth on the school's all-time assist list with 267, and tied the school record for most points in a conference game earlier this year with 44 points. For the season, LaChance shot 50.8% from the floor, 48.6% from three, and 81.5% from the free-throw line.