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Roberts to Rocky; CWC guard to play in NAIA

Roberts to Rocky; CWC guard to play in NAIA

Apr 5, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The next stop on the basketball court for Malachi Roberts will be at Rocky Mountain College.

The Central Wyoming College freshman recently signed a national letter of intent to play at the NAIA school in Billings, Mont.

"I think Rocky Mountain is a great spot for him," CWC men's coach Curtis Condie said. "Even though he could come back for us, I encouraged him to find a four-year school so he could play three years there."

Roberts redshirted his freshman season at Sheridan College before he moved to CWC last year.

"Malachi is a good student, and he doesn't need to spend three years at a junior college," Condie said.

Roberts started almost every game for the Rustlers.

He averaged 11.4 points per game.

"Malachi was the guy that we put on the team's best defender," Condie said. "He could make the outside shot. That is what really helped us."

Roberts was 76 percent from the free throw line.

"Rocky Mountain is a good place for him, where he can have a good career," Condie said. "I think that it's a good fit for him and them. I'm excited that he is able to move on."

Roberts is the second basketball player Condie has sent to the next level.

CWC forward James Johnson signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Cal State Fullerton.

Fullerton plays in the Big West conference. Johnson was named to the third-team in the Region IX conference for his postseason award.

"Our goal is to move them on," Condie said. "I have to recruit and get my guys recruited.

CWC finished the 2011-12 season with a 20-11 record. CWC was eliminated by Northeastern Colorado 74-69 in the opening round of the Region IX men's basketball tournament in Scottsbluff, Neb.

In the loss, Roberts scored a game-high 14 points.

Rocky Mountain

In 2009, Rocky Mountain won the NAIA national title.

This year, Rocky Mountain finished the season with a 13-17 overall record.

Rocky Mountain plays in the Frontier Conference. The league last year was made up of Montana-State Northern, Montana Western, Westminster, Carroll, Lewis-Clark and Montana Tech.

Roberts will be playing for Rocky Mountain coach Bill Dreikosen, who just completed hist 12th season at Rocky Mountain College.

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