« Men’s Basketball 2007-08

Brian Roberts

School

University of Dayton

Position
Guard
Ht
6'2
PPG
18.5
RPG
2.7
APG
3.6

Classroom

Roberts is a marketing major. His anticipated graduation date is May of 2008. He is one of four Dayton players to be named winner of the White-Allen MVP Award and the John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete award for the top grade point average. He is the only men’s basketball player on the Flyers team to be named all-conference and academic all-conference in the same season.

Character

Roberts was elected captain his junior and senior years by his fellow teammates. He maintains a strong work ethic both on and off the court. He works hard in practice and strives in the classroom. He keeps his team spirit up and is always encouraging his team to keep trying and to work hard. He always put the team first and has grown both on and off the court in his four years as a Flyer. Head Coach Brian Gregory comments on his leadership. “Brian has steadily grown into a leader both on and off the court. He is a tremendous role model for our younger players in terms of his work ethic and discipline and desire to continue to improve. He has become more vocal, and he realizes that he must show leadership qualities everyday.”

Community

Roberts is actively involved in the community. He has worked with his team in the Dayton Public School System. They paid visits to area elementary schools to show kids how important education is and to interact with all the students. The Flyers also invite area students onto the campus. Roberts says, “It is only right to give back to the community especially when it gives us so much support.” He tries to help out whenever he can and frequently gives back along with his team. He was a volunteer at Beerman Foundation Family Thanksgiving Dinner, the largest free community Thanksgiving dinner in the country. He was also a “taste-tester” at Beerman Dinner in 2005 at pre-event publicity function. He spends time as a YMCA after-school tutor and participates in elementary school reading events, holiday visits to underprivileged day-cares and to Children’s Medical Center.

Competition

Roberts has been a stellar athlete throughout his years as a Dayton Flyer and continues to reach new heights. As a freshman, Roberts saw time in 28 of the 29 games and was second on the team in scoring and three-pointers. Robers was named to the 2004-05 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team and was the only non-starter to accomplish this task. He was also named UD’s Most Improved Player. In sophomore year, Roberts became a starter and was named second team all-conference. He led UD in scoring, minutes and three-pointers made. He was the only player in the A-10 among the conference’s top 10 scorers to also be in the top 12 in assists, three-pointers, FG %, and 3-pt. %. His junior year saw an improvement across the board for Roberts. He hit double figures in 28 of 31 games. He scored 10 points in a half 25 times in his junior year and has done it 50 times in his career. Roberts earned MVP honors his junior year as well. He enters the season with the third-highest shooting percentage from three-point range. Brian has helped UD rebuild and is ready his senior year to lead the team to the NCAA tournament. He is pre-season first team Atlantic-10 for the 2007-2008 season. Throughout his senior season, Brian has continued to bring leadership to his team and has been rewarded by being named a mid-season candidate for both the Wooden and Naismith Awards.