John Roberson – Point Guard – SE Melbourne Phoenix (Australia)

Name: John Roberson
Born: October 28, 1988
Passport: American
Position: Point Guard
Height: 180 cm / 5’11”
Team: SE Melbourne Phoenix (Australia)

John is an extremely quick point guard who possesses great overall skill set. He makes outstanding decisions and is very calm and under control. Since he can either attack defenders off the dribble or shoot from behind the 3-point line, defenders have a dilemma on how to guard him. In addition to his exceptional 3-point shot (45% – 50%), his mid-range pull-up game is outstanding. Because of his ability to read defense well, he is tough to guard in pick-and-roll situations and one-on-one play. In addition to his scoring ability, he is an exceptional passer and a teammate. Because of his speed and footwork, low stance, and intelligence, he is a tough solid defender. His greatest asset is that he is a fearless winner who always competes at the highest level and steps up his game against top teams/competition.

During 2019/2020 season, John is playing for SE Melbourne Phoenix in Australian top NBL. He was named pre-season MVP and is currently averaging 25ppg and 6apg. His team’s record is 3:0.

30 points vs. Brisbane Bullets

26 points, 10 assists, & 4 rebounds vs. Aaron Brooks/Illawarra Hawks

31 points (7/7 from 3) vs. Casper Ware/Sidney Kings

20 points & 3 assists vs. Melo Trimble/Melbourne United

During 2018/2019 season, John played for Russian team Enisey. The team finished the season in 9th place. John averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals per game, and shot 55% from the field, 42% from behind the 3-point line, and 95% from the free throw line. He was named “best jump shooter” in VTB league. Below are highlights from one of his VTB games against Tsmoki-Minsk.

During 2017/2018 season John played for top French team, Asvel. In 16 games for Asvel in EuroCup, John averaged 16 points, 4 assists and show 47% from the field, 52% from behind the 3-points line, and 93% from the free throw line. The team made it to top 16 of EuroCup. He was a stater in French All-Star Game and competed in the 3-point contest. Below are highlights vs. Spanish Euroleauge team, Gran Canaria, in which John set EuroCup record with most threes in one game. He made 11 3-point shots.

In July, 2017 he played for Matadors in THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT. The team won the first game versus Washington Generals and he had 17 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Matadors lost the second game by 11 points to the 2-year champs, Overseas Elite and John had 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. 

During 2016/2017, John was in his second season with French ProA team, Chalon. John averaged 16 points and 7 assists in both ProA and FIBA Europe Cup. He was named MVP of the All-Star Game and was a runner-up of the 3-point competition. His shooting percentages were again very impressive. He shot 55% from the field, 53% from behind the 3-point line, and 97% from the free throw line. The team finished 2nd in FIBA Europe Cup and won French ProA League. John was named 1st Team FIBA Europe Cup team. Below are highlights from Chalon:

During 2015/2016 season, John played in French ProA league for Chalon. The team finished 3rd in FIBA Europe Cup. Domestically, the team finished 4th in a very tough and highly competitive ProA league, with 22 wins and 13 losses. Since the start of the season, John was one of the assist leaders in ProA league. He averaged 14.8 points and 6 assists per game. In addition, he shot 51% from the field, 46% from behind the 3-point line, and outstanding 91% from the free throw line. He played equally well in FIBA Europe Cup, where the team finished 3rd. Chalon was the finalist of the League Cup, and John played well in all three cup games. John was named 2nd team ProA selection. 

During the remaining of 2014/2015 season with BC Sodertalje, John won the regular season championship and the Finals. He averaged 18 points, 6.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting over 51% from the field and behind the 3-point line, and 90% from the free throw line. He was named League MVP, Finals MVP, Import of the Year, Guard of the Year, 1st Team, and All-Imports Team.

He began 2014/2015 season playing for the top Hungarian club, BC Atomeromu. John made the All-Star Team, coached by his club’s coach, Coach Branislav Dzunic. The team also competed in the EuroChallenge. In 10 games, John averaged 13 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, while shooting 50% from the field, 41% from behind the 3-point line, and 93% from the free throw line. The team had 9:1 record before John transferred back to BC Sodertalje Kings for the second part of the season.

During the 2014 NBA Summer League in Orlando, John played for Brooklyn Nets. He played very well in the two games that he was chosen to play in.

During 2013/2014 season, John finished second in assists (6.3/game) in Swedish top league and he was also team captain of the best Swedish team, BC Sodertalje Kings. He had another outstanding season in both: top Swedish League and EuroChallenge. They finished as 2013/2014 regular season champions and had a record 3:3 in EuroChallenge competition. John averaged 18 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 58% from the field, 45% from behind the 3-point line, and 92% from the free throw line. He also averaged 17 points and 5.3 assists in EuroChallenge. At BC Sodertalje, John was coached by Coach Vedran Bosnic who is also coaching Swedish Senior National Team, as well as Swedish University National Team.

During the first part of 2012/2013 season, John played for BC Monthey in Switzerland, coached by Swiss National Team Coach, Coach Petar Aleksic. John averaged 17.7 points per game, 5.1 assists and 4 steals per game, while shooting 53% from the field and 48% behind the 3-point line. He was voted 3rd round MVP, beating the best Swiss team, BC Lugano Tigers, on the road. John had 21 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and only one 1 turnover.  

During the remainder of 2012/2013 season, John moved to BC Sodertalje Kings where he won Swedish Championship and had 42 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and only 1 turnover in the final game. He averaged 13 points, 4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds in 26 minutes of play, while shooting 50% from field, 52% from behind the 3-point line, and 92% from the free throw line. He led the team in steals, with 1.1 steals per game.

At Texas Tech University (Big 12 Conference), he played for legendary Coach Bob Knight. John averaged 15 points and led the Big 12 Conference in assists, with 6.4 assists per game. He is TTU’s all-time leader in assist and minutes played. In high school, he won state championships in Florida and Texas. He was also named Player of the Year of Texas High School Competition. After college, he played his first professional season for BC Lasko, Slovenia where he averaged 6 points per game in one of the best European leagues, Adriatic League. During the same season, John was the best point guard for South Carolina Warriors (ABA team that finished 2nd in the United States with 30:2 record). John made the ABA All-Star Team. In the Summer of 2012, John was the best point guard in the Ecuador National League, playing for BC ComuniKt, where he averaged 23 points and 8 assists per game. He also made the All-Star Team and won the 3-point shooting contest. Below are his college highlights from Texas Tech University:

Career

2018/2019 Enisey – RUSSIA/VTB 14.5ppg, 5.5apg, 1.1spg, FG: 55%, 3PT: 42%, FT: 95%
2017/2018 Asvel – EUROCUP/FRANCE  16ppg, 5apg
2016/2017 Chalon-Sur – ProA FRANCE 16ppg, 7apg, FG: 55%, 3PT: 53%, FT: 97%
2015/2016 Chalon-Sus – ProA FRANCE 15ppg, 6apg, FG: 51%, 3PT: 46%, FT: 91%
2012-2015 Sodertalje Kings – SWEDEN 18ppg, 6apg, 3rpg, FG: 52%, 3PT: 52%, FT: 90%
Until December, 2014 Atomeromu SE Paks – HUNGARY 13ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.8apg, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 91.2%
October, 2012 BBC Monthey – SWITZERLAND 17.7ppg, 5.1apg
Summer, 2012 ComuniKT – EQUADOR 23ppg, 8apg
Until November, 2011 Zlatorog Lasko – ADRIATIC LEAGUE/SLOVENIA 6ppg, 3apg
2010/2011 Texas Tech University – NCAA 1 15ppg, 6.4apg

Achievements

2017 French ProA Champion, Guard of the Year, & All-Star Game MVP
2016 French ProA League Cup Finalist 
2016 2nd Team All-French ProA
2015 Swedish Basketligan 1st Team
2015 Swedish Guard of the Year
Swedish Basketligan Champion 2013, 2014, 2015
Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Champion 2014, 2015
2015 Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Champion and Finals MVP
2014 Hungarian League All-Star Team
2012 Ecuadorian National League 3-point Contest Winner
2012 Ecuadorean National League All-Star Team
ABA League Finalist 2012 & All-Star Team 
All BIG 12 Honorable Mention

Videos

Full Games (FIBA Europe Cup 2016/2017 Season)

vs. Brussels (19 points)

vs. Cibona (39 points and 5 assists)

vs. Gaziantep (18 points and 10 assists)