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Recruiting Q&A — 2023 forward J.Q. Roberts navigating high major options

The Daily Hoosier caught up with class of 2023 forward JQ Roberts at the Bill Hensley Run-N-Slam in Fort Wayne, Ind. over the weekend.

As a junior, the Bloomington High School North product averaged 14.4 points and a team high 9.1 rebounds per game during the 2021-22 season, as he helped lead the Cougars to the semistate round of the Indiana Class 4A tournament in March.

This spring Roberts is running once again with the 2023 Indiana Elite program on the Adidas 3SSB Circuit.

Indiana offered Roberts in October and they have stayed in contact.  Here’s the latest with the 6-foot-7 Roberts.

TDH:  How is your spring / AAU going so far?

JQR — “I think it’s going pretty good.  I’ve been in the gym a lot these past weeks.  Open gyms started back up for high school, so that’s extra work for me.  I’m trying to be consistent, that’s the main thing I’m working on.  My aggressiveness, I try to display that on the court, working as hard as possible, getting as many rebounds as I can, and just doing the little things.”

TDH:  When you saying you are trying to be more consistent, what aspects of your game does that include?

JQR — “Every aspect of my game.  Consistency for shots, consistency of my demeanor, my facial expressions, just making sure that my teammates are keeping their heads high.  Just doing the best I can possibly do, I try to do that every game.”

TDH:  How have your conversations with Indiana been going?

JQR — “It’s going good, I’ve had multiple conversations and I’ve seen some of the coaches at my games.  I make sure I text them after every tournament and tell them thanks for coming.  Coach Ya (Yasir Rosemond), Coach (Kenya) Hunter, I’ve had conversations with them, Coach (Brian) Walsh as well.”

TDH:  What is Indiana’s main message to you right now?

JQR — “Keep working hard is the main thing, but also shot consistency.  Coach Woodson has talked about making sure I’m getting my shots up, and making sure I’m doing the same thing every time with my shot — but ultimately it’s just working hard every day.”

TDH:  A lot of recruits say Coach Woodson is genuine and a straight-shooter.  Do you sense that?

JQR — “For sure.  He tells you the things you’re doing well, but also tells the things you need to work on.”

TDH:  Do you feel like you have a clear understanding of where you stand with Indiana right now?

JQR — “Yes sir.”

TDH:  Who are some of the other schools you are talking to right now?

JQR — “Iowa, I’ve been talking to Coach (Sherman) Dillard and Coach (Fran) McCaffery a lot.  Butler, I’m going to talk to Coach Thad Matta in a couple days.  I’ve been talking with Coach (Dave) Ragland from Butler as well.  Recently I got a call from Ohio State.  I’ve been talking to Virginia Tech recently, and also Notre Dame a little bit.  Marquette was my first official visit and I’ve talked a lot with them as well.”

TDH:  Do you have a timeline in mind for making a decision.  Are you trying to stay flexible right now?

JQR — “I’m flexible right now, but it’s definitely on my mind.  I’d like to commit sometime before my senior year.  We’ll see.  I’m going to go through this process each week at a time and see what happens.”

TDH:  I know you are very close with your family.  How important will staying close to home be in your decision?

JQR — “At the end of the day it’s my decision, but having them there would be a great idea.  They’ve been with me through my whole journey.  My mom has been so supportive of my basketball endeavors.  She has been to almost every single tournament she can.  So that would be a great thing, but whichever school is ultimately the best fit, that’s the one I’m going to pick.

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