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St. Joe's Ronald Roberts making impression on Sixers
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Ronald Roberts Jr. gazed at the championship banners on one wall and the jerseys of Sixer greats on another.

Joining the Sixers’ summer league roster has been extra special for Roberts, who made his name just a few blocks away from PCOM at St. Joe’s.

“It’s still all new, but it’s pretty cool,” he said. “Just seeing all the banners and stuff like that, but it’s pretty cool being here.”

While the 6-foot-8, 225-pound high-flyer is soaking up everything that NBA life has to offer, he knows it will be time to flip the switch once the team lands in Orlando.

“Just the experience of NBA summer league. I’m trying to make my dreams come true by just playing hard, doing the things I’ve been doing,” Roberts said. “It’s a business trip, but have fun at the same time. I think if we do that, we’ll be alright.”

Roberts is known to be all business at all times on the court. The bruising forward used his high level of activity to average 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in his final season on Hawk Hill. So far, he’s brought that same lift to the Sixers.

“I’ve definitely shown them my energy, getting up and down the floor, rebounding, getting on the offensive glass,” Roberts said. “Just stuff like that, hustle plays and my motor. Those are the biggest things I think I’ve shown.”

Maybe not the biggest. Roberts has also flashed his insane leaping ability in the practice gym.

“He is an unbelievable athlete,” Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce said. “We do a drill where they measure how often a guy jumps above 15 inches during practice. He had 51 yesterday. The next closest was 33, so that just shows you how active he’s been in our practices.

“A young player, playing hard, he’s working hard and he’s staying within his role, which is to run to rebound to go for offensive rebounds and to just be physical.

“He’s been great. He’s a guy that the entire staff has liked. Didn’t know much about him coming into it other than he played at St. Joe’s and we had him in for a workout, but he’s been great.”