Terrence Roberts (basketball)

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Terrence Roberts
Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born (1984-08-14) August 14, 1984 (age 32)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school St. Anthony (Jersey City, New Jersey)
College Syracuse (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008 Elitzur Kiryat Ata
2008 Ironi Ramat Gan
2009 U BT Cluj-Napoca
2009–2010 Saitama Broncos
2010 Ferro-ZNTU
2011 ASU Sports Club
2011 Marinos de Anzoátegui
2011 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2012–2013 Busan KT Sonicboom
2016 Super City Rangers
Career highlights and awards

Terrence James Gregory Roberts[1] (born August 14, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Super City Rangers of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college basketball for Syracuse before playing professionally in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the NBA Development League.

High school career[edit]

Roberts attended St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he was coached by the legendary Bob Hurley. As a freshman in 1999–2000, the Friars went 19–7 on the season. During his sophomore campaign, the team went 27–3 but Roberts missed the season with a leg injury.[2]

As a junior in 2001–02, Roberts averaged 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds for a Friars team that posted a 29–1 mark and finished ranked second in the nation. He earned honorable mention all-state laurels and was a member of the 2002 USADevelopment Festival East Team that finished 3–2 and earned a silver medal.[2][1]

As a senior in 2002–03, Roberts averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks a game. He participated in the New Jersey North-South High School All-Star contest and had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He also claimed the slam dunk contest at the event, and later helped St. Anthony claimed the 2003 New Jersey Tournament of Champions. Roberts subsequently earned third-team Parade All-American recognition and was a first-team all-state pick.[2]

College career[edit]

Roberts was used sparingly in his first season at Syracuse before becoming a regular contributor as a sophomore. In 2004–05, Roberts aided Syracuse to a 27–7 record, the Big East Conference Tournament championship, and the 2005 NCAA Tournament first round, finishing fourth on the team in scoring, with 7.2 points per game. After Billy Edelin left Syracuse for personal reasons, Roberts started the final seven games of the season, averaging 8.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.0 rebounds per game over that span.[2]

With Hakim Warrick's departure from Syracuse following the 2004–05 season, Roberts started all 35 games for the Orange as a junior, averaging a career-high 10.7 points per game, in addition to being Syracuse's leading rebounder with 7.6 boards per game.[2] The highlight of his season came against Rutgers University on February 1, 2006. Down by one with under 7.6 seconds left in overtime, Roberts, who had hit only 3 three-pointers in his first two seasons at Syracuse, drained a buzzer-beating shot to give Syracuse an 86–84 win.[3]

Roberts was named to the preseason All-BIG EAST Conference team prior to the start of his senior season. However, he failed to live up to expectations during the regular season, partially due to a knee injury that bothered him for most of the campaign.[4] He started all 33 games he appeared in as a senior, and his 8.1 rebound average topped the squad. Roberts had at least one rebound in 119 of his 127 career games.[2]

In 127 games over his four-year career at Syracuse, Roberts averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game.[5]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft, Roberts moved to Greece where he joined Rethymno BC. However, he left the club before appearing in any games for them.

For the 2008–09 season, Roberts moved to Israel. Early on in the season, he had two short stints with Elitzur Kiryat Ata and Ironi Ramat Gan before leaving the country in December. In January 2009, he signed with U BT Cluj-Napoca of Romania for the rest of the season.[6][7] In 15 games for Cluj-Napoca, he averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

In September 2009, Roberts signed with the Saitama Broncos for the 2009–10 bj league season.[8] The Broncos struggled during the season and Roberts felt the team "under-achieved".[9] In 48 games for Saitama in 2009–10, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

In September 2010, Roberts signed with Ferro-ZNTU of the Ukraine for the 2010–11 season.[10] However, he left the club in November after appearing in eight league games. In December 2010, he signed with Jordanian club ASU Sports Club for the 2011 West Asian Basketball League.[11] Then in April 2011, he joined Marinos de Anzoátegui of Venezuela for a three-game stint.

In November 2011, Roberts was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League following a successful tryout with the team.[12] Between December 9 and December 12, Roberts spent three days with the Oklahoma City Thunder during training camp in the lead up to the 2011–12 NBA season.[13][14] He returned to the D-Fenders following this stint, but was later waived by the team on December 28 due to an injury.[15] In 11 games for the D-Fenders, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

In December 2012, Roberts signed with Busan KT Sonicboom of the Korean Basketball League. He appeared in just four games for the club before departing Korea in mid-January 2013.[16]

On February 16, 2016, Roberts signed with the Super City Rangers for the 2016 New Zealand NBL season.[17] He made his debut for the Rangers in the team's season opener against the Wellington Saints on March 10. In just under 27 minutes of action as the starting center, Roberts recorded nine points, six rebounds and four blocks in a 116–95 loss.[18][19] On April 16, he had a season-best game with 25 points and 13 rebounds in 29½ minutes of action off the bench in a 111–100 win over the Nelson Giants.[20][21] He subsequently earned Player of the Week honors for Round 6.[22] The Rangers finished the regular season in fourth place on the ladder with a 9–9 record. In their semi-final clash against the first-seeded Canterbury Rams on June 3, Roberts tied his season high with 25 points to help guide the Rangers to a 104–85 win.[23] The win advanced the Rangers to their first ever grand final appearance. In the grand final on June 4, the Rangers were outclassed by the Wellington Saints, losing the match 94–82.[24] Roberts appeared in all 20 games for the Rangers in 2016, averaging 11.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.[25]

In September 2016, Roberts joined the Wellington Saints for their Asia Basketball Club Championships campaign in Seoul, South Korea.[26]


  1. ^ a b "USA Basketball Bio: Terrence Roberts". usabasketball.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Terrence Roberts - 2006 Men's Basketball". cuse.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Roberts' buzzer-beater lifts Syracuse past Rutgers". ESPN.com. February 1, 2006. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Berman, Zach; Gelb, Matt (January 30, 2007). "MBB Notebook : Roberts re-aggravates knee injury, Rautins suffers one in loss to ND". DailyOrange.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Terrence Roberts Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pivotul Terrence Roberts, in probe". u-bt.ro (in Romanian). January 7, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Terrence Roberts, variantă sub panou". ziuadecj.realitatea.net (in Romanian). January 8, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ Odeven, Ed (September 6, 2009). "Two-time MVP Washington re-signs with Evessa". JapanTimes.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ Odeven, Ed (March 19, 2010). "Roberts says Broncos have underachieved". JapanTimes.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ Magana, David (September 20, 2010). "Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye add Terrence Roberts". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Officially : Rashaad Singleton (213cm-Center) & Terrence Roberts (206cm-...". Facebook.com. December 22, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thunder Announces Training Camp Additions". NBA.com. December 9, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Thunder Waives Terrence Roberts". NBA.com. December 12, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ "2011-12 Transactions". NBA.com. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Ryan Wright to replace Terrence Roberts at Sonic Boom KT". Asia-basket.com. January 13, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ Anderson, Niall (February 16, 2016). "Supercity Rangers Lock In Imports". NZhoops.co.nz. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ Hyslop, Liam (March 10, 2016). "Wellington Saints hammer Supercity Rangers in NBL season opener". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Saints vs Rangers". FIBALiveStats.com. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ Rollo, Phillip (April 16, 2016). "Super City Rangers end Nelson Giants' National Basketball League winning run". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Giants vs Rangers". FIBALiveStats.com. April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  22. ^ "ROBERTS AND CRAIG SHARE PLAYER OF THE WEEK". Basketball.org.nz. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  23. ^ Egan, Brendon (June 3, 2016). "Canterbury Rams coach rules out semifinal nerves after NBL exit". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  24. ^ Savory, Logan (June 5, 2016). "Wellington Saints win 2016 NBL title with win over Super City Rangers". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Player statistics for Terrence Roberts". SportsTG.com. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  26. ^ Hyslop, Liam (September 15, 2016). "Wellington Saints to play in Asia Basketball Club Championship in South Korea". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 

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