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Cleon Roberts to La Salle

    PHILADELPHIA —Cleon Roberts (Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland), who started all 32 games and averaged 8.5 ppg. as a freshman at Georgia Southern, has transferred to La Salle University and will play men’s basketball, head coach Dr. John Giannini announced today.
     “Cleon gives us an athletic, scoring guard with excellent size,” 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 (6-5, 175) connected on 41 three-pointers, second on the team, making 39%. He scored 18 points in his college debut vs. Valparasio and posted a career-high 20 points in a win at Virginia Tech and at the Citadel.
     “Cleon comes from a strong family with great athletic bloodlines,” Giannini said. “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.”
     Roberts helped Miami Norland to the Florida State 6A Championship as a senior and was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches 6A and the Dade County Player of the Year, respectively, after averaging 17.3 ppg. He was also named to the Miami Herald All-Dade County 8A-5A team.
     He averaged 17.8 ppg. as a junior and was named to the Miami Herald All-Dade County 4A-1A team.
     Roberts will be eligible to play during the 2014-15 season after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.