Georgia Southern's Cleon Roberts transferring to La Salle

Georgia Southern's Cleon Roberts transferring to La Salle
May 9, 2013, 11:15 am
Share This Post

Georgia Southern-transfer Cleon Roberts led his team to the Florida 6A championship in high school and was named the state's 6A player of the year. (USA Today Images)

Georgia Southern guard and Miami, Fla. native Cleon Roberts is heading to Olney Ave.

La Salle announced his transfer to the Explorers' program via release Thursday morning. In accordance with NCAA transfer rules, Roberts will be required to sit out the 2013-14 season.

Roberts averaged 8.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game as a freshman last season.

At 6-foot-5 and 175 pounds, he is paper thin.

“Cleon gives us an athletic, scoring guard with excellent size,” head coach John Giannini said. “He has a great deal of potential which I am confident he will reach because of his excellent work ethic.

“He has been well taught and has excellent character. We are especially excited about his defensive potential with his length and quickness.”

Roberts headed to Georgia Southern after a stellar high-school career during which he led Miami Norland High School to the Florida 6A state championship and was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches' 6A player of the year, averaging 17.3 points per game his senior year.

He's also on the receiving end of some solid genetics.

“His father Cleveland coaches at Norland High School and was a two-sport athlete (football and basketball) at Bethune Cookman and his uncle William played on Super Bowl winners for the New York Giants,” Giannini said.