2024’s Jackson Roberts is a defensive presence in the paint | Youth1

2024’s Jackson Roberts is a defensive presence in the paint

Jackson Roberts is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2024.  


The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Roberts, who attends  Riverview High School, is an imposing player that works as a center. 



No matter the opponent, every game Roberts is determined to give it his all. 


Roberts is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Roberts steps between the lines.


“My mindset at my position is to play strong defense and get a lot of rebounds,” Roberts said. 


Roberts has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the court. Roberts tells why he enjoys the game of basketball so much. 


“What I love most about playing is being with my team on and off the court. We practice so hard,” Roberts said. “When we win it’s a great feeling, Especially when I have a good game and contribute to the win.”


Roberts has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that he applies to his everyday life. 


“Playing the game of basketball has helped me make new friends and be open up to new people,” Roberts said. “It’s also taught me discipline.”


Roberts shares his favorite memory of playing basketball. 


“My favorite memories are learning the game, improving and building camaraderie,” Roberts said. 


Roberts takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Roberts makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“I demonstrate being a good teammate by working hard each day and doing my best to be an asset to the team,” Roberts said. “The best advice I give is to work hard and have fun while doing it.”


Roberts is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“I’ve learned from my coaches that hard work and work ethic are essential in the game and in school,” Roberts said. “The best advice I’ve gotten from my coaches is that I can learn something new each practice and game.”


Roberts patterns his play after this massive NBA rookie. 

“I look up to Taco Fall,” Roberts said. “He is a big guy like me and I like to watch him move up and down the court. I like his game and learn tips from him.”

Roberts lists math ashis favorite subject in school.  


“It makes me use my mind in different ways and I am good at it,” Roberts said. 


Roberts explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“I am interested in Florida State, Florida, and Duke,” Roberts said. “Powerhouse basketball schools with big men playing like myself.”


Roberts is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goal on and off the court is to be a better player and person,” Roberts said. 


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