NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University head women’s basketball coach Jessica Kern announced the signing of Taylor Roberts to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Roberts is one of the most decorated high school athletes in the state of Oklahoma. The 5-11, guard broke the record and is now the state of Oklahoma’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 3,429 points. During her four-year career at Classen School of Advanced Studies, she averaged 30.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 steals and 2.2 assists while shooting 54 percent from the field.
"Taylor is a fantastic addition to the Lady Tiger family," commented coach Kern. "She brings us the ability to score by all means and the ability to play positions one through four. She also has as a high basketball IQ. Scoring over 3000 points is a feat at any level, let alone the high school level."
Roberts was named the 2016-17 Classen Player of the Year after leading her team to a 28-3 record and an unblemished 10-0 mark in District play. As a senior, she averaged 30.5 points per game while registering 4.7 rpg, 3.1 apg and 3.6 spg. She scored 28.9 ppg as a junior, 35.9 ppg as a sophomore and 28.0 ppg during her freshman campaign. The standout athlete was on The Oklahoman's Super 5 team and led Classen SAS to the Class 4A state tournament in March. It was the school’s first state tournament appearance.
She was named the Oklahoman’s Little All-City girls basketball Player of the Year for the second time in 2017, after earning the award as a sophomore in 2015. She is a two-time Kansas Army National Guard Raider Invitational MVP as well as a member of the Tulsa World All-State Team.
The ESPN ranked 3-star athlete, won multiple Athlete of the Week, MVP and other esteemed awards during her career.
"We pride ourselves here on family, character, discipline and toughness.... all things that Taylor exemplifies daily," Kern continued. "With an amazing work ethic and a family legacy of success in the OVC - this couldnt be a more perfect fit."
Taylor's dad, Malcolm Roberts, played basketball at Austin Peay from 1991-93.
Lady Tiger Basketball Signees
Taylor Roberts, 5-11, Guard, Classen HS, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Katelyn Clark, 6-3, Forward, Cahokia HS, Cahokia, Ill.
Mya Garrett, 6-4, Forward, Wayne Memorial HS, Detroit, Mich.
Autumn Hopson, 5-8, Guard, Patriot HS, Nokesville, Va.
Janna Lewis, 5-9, Forward, Butler HS, Louisville, Ky.
Tyler Smith, 5-7, Guard, Antelope Valley HS, Lancaster, Calif.
Jaden Wrightsell, 5-10, Forward, Omaha Northwest HS, Omaha, Neb.