The Northwestern State basketball program expanded its shooting range for the next two seasons on Monday with the signing of Trinity Valley Community College guard Jairus Roberson, who connected on 47 percent of his 3-pointers and made a school record 132 this past season.
Roberson, a 6-2 product of Desoto, Texas, was part of a 2016 Texas Class 6A state championship team in his junior season at Desoto High, and was key for TVCC’s 2019 Region 14 champions who reached the NJCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second time in his two years with the Cardinals.
His signing was announced Monday by veteran Demons’ coach Mike McConathy.
“Jairus is a record setting 3-point shooter who brings instant offense to our team. He possesses zip code range but is far from a one-dimensional player as he can handle the ball, make smart decisions and can find the open man as equally as he scores it,” said McConathy. “His stats overshadow the tenacity he shows on defense. His love for the game and gym rat mentality fits in well with our culture.”
Roberson averaged 14 points and 2.1 rebounds as a sophomore at Trinity Valley, sinking 132 of 281 behind the 3-point arc. He also made 79.7 percent (55-69) on the free throw line.
Along with single season and career (151) TVCC records for 3-pointers, he set the single-game mark with 13 and holds the school’s career 3-point shooting percentage record (45.2 percent, 151-334).
He was honorable mention All-Region 14 selection this year and made the All-Region 14 Tournament team.
“He has been a key contributor on championship teams at different levels and that reflects what a competitor he is,” said McConathy.
In his two years at TVCC, the Cardinals were 56-13. In his last two seasons of high school, the Eagles went 61-10.
Roberson’s father, Ken, was a college teammate at Louisiana Tech with Demons’ assistant coach Dave Simmons.
“Jairus demonstrates a strong work ethic and has developed a high skill level by working with his father Ken, his legendary high school coach, Chris Dyer, and his JUCO coaches, Guy Furr and Mark Leslie. He is no stranger to games in big venues with and against other Division I players,” said McConathy.
As a prep senior in 2016-17, Roberson averaged 19.3 points and shot 39 percent on 3-pointers, earning second-team All-District 7-6A honors. The Eagles went 25-8 on the heels of a 36-2 state title season a year earlier, when 2016 Duke signee Marques Bolden was the focal figure for Desoto.
Roberson is the second member of NSU’s 2019-20 signing class, which McConathy expects to expand soon. Last Wednesday, the Demons picked up 6-7, 215-pound forward Jamaure Gregg, an El Paso native who was a Cochise (Ariz.) College standout.