Roberts scores first points as professional hoops player in Japan

November 20, 2018
Eric Roberts basketball

Eric Roberts

It’s easy to assume the basket Japanese Basketball League rookie Eric Roberts of Eagle River scored in final moments of his team’s blowout victory was meaningless.

Hardly.

The basket was actually a testament to his persistence as it represented his first points as a professional player.

The 23-year-old rookie reserve converted his only shot attempt in a 96-70 win over Toyama Grouses for league-leading Tochigi Brex.

Roberts, of Eagle River High fame, averages 1.3 minutes in seven games for his squad, which boasts a 15-2 record in the East division of Japan’s B League.

This was only the second time he shot the ball this season, so when he scored his bench went nuts.

“My team’s reaction was my favorite part,” Roberts said on Twitter. “I love the energy and support we have for one another.”

Roberts also attended Wasilla High.

He started his college career at Creighton University and finished at Hendrix College, a NCAA D3 school in the Southern Athletic Association.

Roberts averaged 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.2 minutes in 25 games in his final season.