Blue Springs’ Drew Roberts – The Examiner’s two-time Girls Player of the Year who was the lone area girl to be named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team – is headed to Pittsburg State.

Blue Springs’ Drew Roberts – The Examiner’s two-time Girls Player of the Year who was the lone area girl to be named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team – is headed to Pittsburg State.
“I made a verbal commitment Saturday,” said Roberts, a 5-foot-5 guard who led the area with a 14-point average for the Wildcats. “I visited the school on Friday and really liked the girls I’m going to be playing with.
“I’d met the coaching staff, and they are great, but it was important for me to meet the girls. Pitt has six total freshmen, including me, going to the program next year, so it won’t be like I’m the only new girl on the team. I like that.”
For the past three years, Roberts has been an all-state performer and the Wildcats’ leading scorer.
She’s looking forward to simply being a member of the Pitt State basketball team next season.
“I have to admit, it will be nice to be a girl on the team, instead of the go-to player,” said Roberts, who led the Wildcats to the Class 5 state championship game. “My dream and my only goal my senior year was to win a state championship. We made it to the championship game but didn’t win. So that was a tough way to end my high school career.
“Now, being named The Examiner’s Player of the Year and being named to the all-state team is really nice. You only think about personal honors and rewards when the season is over. But the best thing is signing with Pitt State. I didn’t want to be rude to anyone, but I was asked four or five times a day, ‘Where are you going to college?’ I got sick of answering the question.”
Roberts said the decision has made things a lot easier for her.
“When I made the verbal commitment, it was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. I think it’s going to be the ideal situation. It’s only two hours from Blue Springs, so my family can come watch me play and their top guard graduated and the coach said if I earn the position, I could even start next year.
“It’s exciting, no matter what happens. It’s been great at Blue Springs, but it’s time to move on, and Pitt State was my best option. I’m really looking forward to college life – living in a dorm, getting used to a new team, all that stuff.”