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Lawrence Roberts

Full Name: Lawrence Edwards Roberts III
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 (2.06 m) / 240 (108.9 kg)
Birthdate: October 20, 1982 (Houston)
High School: Lamar HS (Houston)
College: Mississippi State
 
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Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Earned SEC Player of the Year honors and became the first Mississippi State player since Bailey Howell in 1958-59 to be named a First Team All-America by the Associated Press as a junior. Finished collegiate career at Mississippi State as the school’s 26th all-time leading scorer with 1,048 career points and was just the third player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark in two years. Played first two seasons at Baylor, where he led the team in scoring and rebounding both years. Completed career with Division I totals of 1,942 points and 1,172 rebounds. Recorded 58 career double-doubles.

Senior (2004-05): Led the SEC in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and double-doubles (20) while ranking fourth in scoring (16.9 ppg). Scored season-high 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds vs. Virginia Tech. Posted a double-double of 22 points and 20 rebounds vs. Jacksonville State. Recorded the school’s first-ever triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists vs. Nicholls State. Tallied 23 points and 14 rebounds vs. Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Led team with 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. Duke in the second round.

Junior (2003-04): Averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds (second in the SEC, 11th nationally). Scored 20 or more points 19 times, including a season-high 29 points vs. Arkansas. Recorded 26 points and 15 rebounds in his Mississippi State debut vs. Tennessee-Martin. Posted 21 points and 14 rebounds at Florida. Grabbed career-high 21 rebounds at Alabama.

Sophomore (2002-03): Averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds (second in the Big 12, 13th nationally). Posted 14 double-doubles. Scored season-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds vs. Texas Tech.

Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds, setting a Big 12 freshman single-season scoring record with 498 total points. Scored 20 or more points in 11 games, with a career-high of 30 points at Texas.

Strengths: Very agile for his size, he can score facing the basket or with a variety of shots down low. Knows how to establish position down low for rebounds and put-backs. Plays with passion.

Personal: Majoring in sports communication. Nephew of ABC/ESPN broadcaster Robin Roberts. Played on Team USA/Texas in the 2001 Global Games in Dallas.

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