Syracuse basketball evaluations: Tyler Roberson (video)

Syracuse assistant basketball coach Adrian "Red" Autry on Tyler Roberson Syracuse assistant basketball coach Adrian "Red Autry" Autry gives his assessment of freshman Tyler Roberson.

Syracuse, N.Y. — We have embarked on a series of videos and brief stories about every one of Syracuse's scholarship basketball players.

The idea is simple: The video will show recent action of the player, with audio provided by his position coach defining the player's strengths and detailing which areas of his game still need work.

Next up:

Tyler Roberson

ESPN rated the SU freshman the 10th best power forward in his graduating class and the 31st best overall prospect. But Roberson's game seems more suited for small forward. He can run the floor, owns a smooth shooting stroke and can beat defenders off the dribble. And he's shown all of those skills during Syracuse's early practices.

He averaged 17.5 points and 11.7 rebounds at Roselle Catholic and his high school coach believed Roberson to be one of the best rebounders in the state of New Jersey. SU is stacked at the forward spots, so Roberson's minutes might be limited. But he is a special talent who will push for playing time.


1) High energy, high motor
2) Skilled offensively, can shoot the ball
3) Explosive leaper, can run the floor

What Syracuse wants from him this year

1) Get used to the physicality of college
2) Learn what constitutes a good shot
3) Staying consistent, understanding role