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#32 Arielle Roberson
Position: Forward
Height: 6'1"
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
High School: Wagner
Experience: 1 Letter
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A year proved to be worth the wait as Arielle Roberson exploded onto the scene as a redshirt freshman. An unfortunate injury postponed her debut in a Colorado uniform, but a year of sitting on the bench next to the coaching staff during games helped in her adjustment to collegiate basketball. She is a long, athletic forward with an excellent ability to finish offensively. Roberson can play with her back to the basket or out on the wing, where she’s also developed a nice shooting touch which extends out to 3-point range. Chances are she will be the number one priority on most opponents scouting reports, but a successful year in the Pac-12 has Roberson ready to take on that challenge. She was the last signee in Colorado’s Class of 2011, waiting until the NCAA’s normal signing period (April 2011) to pick the Buffaloes.

2012-13 (Freshman): The 2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year as voted on by league coaches, Roberson averaged 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Her Freshman of the Year honor was the first of its kind for the Buffaloes in any conference. She led Colorado in free-throws made and attempted (97-of-142), ranked second in scoring and rebounding, third in blocked shots (24) and fourth in steals (32). Both the Pac-12 coaches and media members named her to their respective all-freshman teams. Roberson earned honorable mention to the overall Pac-12 All-Conference team as well as its all-defensive squad. She was touted as a third team Freshman All-American by FullCourtPress.com.  Roberson ranked seventh in offensive rebounds, 16th in overall rebounds and 17th in scoring on the Pac-12 leaderboard. She dominated the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Week honor. In its inaugural season, Roberson won five, including the very first, after recording 16 points, six rebounds and five steals in her collegiate debut against Idaho (11/11).  Her five steals were the most by a CU player in her collegiate debut since Brittany Spears had five in 2007.  Her five weekly conference awards in one season are the most by any Buffalo in the Big 12, Pac-12 era (since 1996-97).  Roberson was the MVP of the Omni Hotels Classic, the first CU freshman to win that honor, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds over the two-game series. She scored a career-high 25 points to lead Colorado in the win at Illinois (12/1), nailing a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute to put the game away. Roberson hit 41.2 percent from 3-point range, the ninth-best single season mark in team history with a minimum of 50 attempts (21-of-51). She caught fire at the tail end of the season, making 13 of her last 25 (.520). She scored in double-digits 23 times, including the first 13 games which set a school record to start a CU career. Roberson led the Buffaloes in scoring on 10 occasions. She started in 31 of 32 games, coming off the bench against UMKC (11/18) and in that game she scored 23 points on 9-of-12 from the field. Her 23 points off the bench were the second most, and her nine field goals the most, for any Buffalo in the last 10 seasons. Roberson had three double-doubles, all of which came in the final seven games of the season, including an 11-point, 12-rebound performance against Kansas (3/23) in the NCAA Tournament. Her first double-double was a 17-point and personal-best 13-rebound effort against Washington State (2/22). The WSU game was her first of two on the season where she grabbed eight offensive rebounds; the other was her second double-double, a 10-point, 11-rebound performance in the overtime win at Oregon State in the regular season finale (3/3). She averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds over the final eight games.

2011-12 (Redshirt): Sat out the 2011-12 season after developing a torn labrum in her left hip during preseason workouts. She underwent successful surgery to repair the tear in December 2011.

HIGH SCHOOL: Roberson is a 2011 graduate of Wagner High School in San Antonio where she was a Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State pick as a senior. She averaged 18.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, three steals and two blocks per game in 2011 while guiding Wagner to a 32-7 record, advancing to the semifinals of the Texas 5A State Tournament. A multiple all-region and all-district performer, Roberson also shot 57 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line as a senior. A two-time member of the San Antonio Express-News All-City Super Team, Roberson finished her career at Wagner with 1,640 points. She was unanimously chosen as the District 25-5A MVP as a senior and was also a McDonald's All-American nominee and the MVP of the Lone Star Invitational Tournament. Roberson, who played in the TABC Girls All-Star Game in May 2011, was a part of three state tournament teams at Wagner sporting a four-year record of 133-15. Roberson also was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball. She played club basketball with TeamXpress.

ACADEMICS: Roberson is majoring in communication at CU and is considering a second major in sociology.

PERSONAL: Arielle Roberson, was born Jan. 20, 1993, in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Roberson. Her parents, John (basketball) and Lisa (volleyball), were both student-athletes at New Mexico State University. She is the fourth of seven Roberson siblings. Older brother Andre, who starred for three seasons with the Buffaloes (2010-13), plays for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 26th pick of the first round in the 2013 NBA Draft (he was dealt to the Thunder on a draft day trade).  Two older sisters competed in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics and are currently playing overseas in their respective sports.  Ashlee was a three-year letterwinner in basketball at Texas Tech University (2007-10) and Amber played volleyball at the University of Texas (2008-11). A younger brother, Anthony, is a freshman basketball player at Weatherford (Texas) Junior College. Her two youngest siblings are in grade school, Aaliyah (9) and Arianna (7). She would like a chance to play in the WNBA.

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