One constant story line during coaching changes is what happens to players who have already signed to play for the since-departed coach at a given school. Granted, Missouri only landed one signee in December — four-star point guard C.J. Roberts — but he’s pretty good. What is he thinking after this weekend’s dismissal of Kim Anderson?
Missouri signee C.J. Roberts' father told ESPN that the four-star guard plans to wait and see who Tigers hire before deciding on next step.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 6, 2017
That’s about as much as you can ask for at this point in the game.
Roberts is a four-star prospect per most recruiting services, with blistering explosiveness and a decent jumper. Here's what MUtigers.com published upon his signing:
Roberts helped power Richland to a 23-9 record as a sophomore in 2014-15, scoring 14.8 points per game while dishing 2.4 assists per game. The Rebels advanced to the second round of the state playoffs with a 69-63 win over South Grand Prairie (Feb. 25, 2015), with Roberts scoring 23 points and grabbing five rebounds in the win.
"Mizzou is such a great fit for my family and me," Roberts said. "We all feel so comfortable with the coaching staff, the players there and what the school can offer me. The coaching staff is an outstanding group of guys, on and off the court. I can tell they are knowledgeable about basketball, but everything else too. Coach Anderson wants to prepare you for life and what happens when the basketball stops bouncing."
And here’s what Sam Snelling had to say about Roberts when Roberts committed in September.
Roberts is an explosive athlete and high-volume scorer with the ability to make shots at all three levels. He’s played both on and off the ball in high school and projects to play both at the college level, although primarily he’ll be thought of as a point guard due to his size. At 6’0 and 175 pounds, Roberts could stand to put on a little weight but should provide an immediate impact for a program that has struggled to score the last few years. Roberts has the ability to catch fire and carry the offensive load and has perhaps as high of a ceiling as any guard (outside of to top 3 or 4 guards) in the country. [...]
His biggest inconsistencies right now are things which can be coached out. He’s prone to playing out of control and making erratic decisions with the ball, but overall he’s got the kind of ability you can get excited about. Roberts has the kind of shot-making ability of Michael Dixon or J.J. Frazier, both smaller, lighter combo guards, but two guys who could absolutely fill it.
Roberts averaged over 20 points per game in both his junior and senior seasons while shooting about 35% or so from 3-point range. He would remain a welcome addition to the 2017-18 roster for whichever coach Missouri chooses to hire.