Rothbart Signs With Hoosiers
April 23, 2004Bloomington, Ind. - Robert Rothbart, a 7-1, 225-pound center from Natomas High School in Sacramento, Calif., has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball playing career at Indiana University, IU head coach Mike Davis announced today. Rothbart will begin his Hoosier career with the 2004-05 season.
Davis has followed Rothbart's progress throughout his high school career, and the fourth-year Hoosier coach is excited about Rothbart's potential contributions in Bloomington.
"We have been recruiting Robert for three years now, and especially over the last year, he has really matured as a player," Davis said. "He is very athletic, and he has gotten much stronger. He definitely gives us a low-post presence, and his ball-handling and outside shooting ability, especially for a seven-footer, are a good fit for our offense."
Rothbart is the first seven-footer to sign with Indiana since Jason Collier in 1996 and just the fifth seven-footer in school history, joining Collier, Richard Mandeville (1994-98),Todd Lindeman (1992-96) and Uwe Blab (1982-85).
Ranked 11th among senior centers and 99th overall by Rivals.com, Rothbart averaged 21 points, a California state-leading 15 rebounds and five blocked shots per game as a senior at Natomas. In addition to Sierra Foothill League MVP and All-Metro honors from The Sacramento Bee, Rothbart was invited to play in the Derek Anderson Derby Festival Classic April 24 in Louisville, but he declined.
Rothbart spent his junior season at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Rothbart averaged 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game. A native of Yugoslavia who also holds citizenship in Bosnia and Israel, Rothbart and his family immigrated to the United States when he was eight-years-old.
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