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Lawrence Roberts 44

Lawrence  Roberts


Houston, Texas

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Height / Weight:
6-9 / 230





No. 19 MBB Races Past No. 15 West Virginia, 87-69

Rico Gathers led the team with 17 points and 15 rebounds in upset win over the Mountaineers.

Returning starter and team leading scorer (16.6 ppg) at power forward... Enjoyed most decorated freshman season by Baylor player in years in 2001-2002... All-Big 12 and Freshman All-American following true freshman season... Set Big 12 freshman scoring record, with 498 points last season... Led team in scoring, rebounds (8.2 rpg), blocks (39), starts (29) and fouls (80) as a freshman... Strong, athletic post player with good ball-handling skills... Selected the No. 4 power forward in nation by Lindy???s 2002-03 preview... Named the nation???s No. 10 ???Inside-Out??? player by Athlon Sports 2002-03 preview... Tabbed the nation???s No. 10 ???Banger??? by Basketball News... Selected the No. 14 power forward in nation by The Sporting News... Projected second-team All-Big 12 by The Sporting News, Lindy???s, Athlon and Basketball News preseason publications.

2001-2002 (Freshman): Finished rookie season in 2001-2002 as the most decorated freshman at Baylor since 1994-1995, when current Cleveland Cavaliers center Brian Skinner made his Baylor debut... Following true freshman season was named second-team All-Big 12 by Dallas Morning News and third-team All-Big 12 by Associated Press... Named freshman All-America by Basketball Times and Consensus pick to Big 12 All-Freshmen teams... Set new scoring record for Big 12 freshmen by scoring 498 points (16.6 average), and 247 rebounds were the third-most ever by a Big 12 freshman... One of only two Big 12 players to rank among the league's top seven in both scoring (7th - 16.6 ppg) and rebounding (6th - 8.2 rpg), along with Kansas' Drew Gooden... 8.2 rebounding average was fourth-highest nationally among freshmen... Started 29 of 30 games and posted 25 double-digit scoring efforts while compiling eight double-doubles... Totaled nine 20-plus scoring games... Named to All-District 9 second team (NABC) and All-District VII team (USBWA)... Finished seventh in Big 12 in scoring (16.6 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.2)... Top freshman scorer and rebounder in Big 12... Finished sixth in league in steals (1.7 spg) and ninth in blocks (1.3 bpg)... Posted a double-double (19 points-17 rebounds) in first career game, a win over Hardin-Simmons... Recorded career highs of 17 boards and six steals in season-opener vs. HSU... Named season's first Big 12 Rookie of the Week (11/26/01) after averaging 17.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in three season-opening wins... Totaled a career-high five blocks twice, vs. Centenary (12/17) and Oklahoma (2/19)... Named to San Juan Shootout all-tournament team after averaging 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds for runner-up squad... Recorded five double-doubles in conference play... Scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting in loss at Texas (1/12)... Scored 20-plus points in five of final seven games, averaged 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds over season's last seven games... Named the team MVP at postseason banquet... Selected to Fall 2001 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout center-forward at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas... Played for coach Dennis Gillespie at Lamar... A three-time first-team All-District 17-5A and first-team all-state selection as a senior... Rated No. 5 recruit in the state by Texas Hoops... Ranked 18th-best power forward and No. 90 recruit in nation by Recruiting USA/ Selected the 90th-best recruit in country by Prepstars... Listed by Athlon Sports among nation's Top 20 Power Forwards in its preseason publication... Rated the No. 14 power forward nationally by FastBreak Listed No. 86 on Lindy's magazine's Top 100 Seniors nationally... Named by Street & Smith's College Basketball preview as a High Honorable Mention All-America selection... Selected to Recruiting USA Honorable Mention High School All-America Team... Played on 2001 Global Games Team USA/Texas all-star team and the United States roster in the 2001 Pittsburgh Hoops Classic (along with fellow Baylor signee John Lucas)... Led LHS to a 35-3 record and first place finish in District 17-5A as a senior in 2001... Averaged 28 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in 2001... Scored a tournament-record 58 points en route to being named MVP of Jaycees Tournament... Averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as a junior at Lamar (20-10) in 2000... Selected to All-Greater Houston and second-team all-state teams as junior.

PERSONAL: Nephew of ABC/ESPN broadcaster Robin Roberts... Born 10-20-82 in Houston, Texas... Full name is Lawrence Edward Roberts III... Son of Lawrence II and Cynthia Marshall Roberts... Majoring in pre-business.

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