Monday, March 21, 2016

Prized recruit Javier Roper transferring from Grambling

GRAMBLING, Louisiana -- Former New Living Word star Javier Roper was a part of a talented 2015 signing class at Grambling that hoped to change the culture of the program. He'll end his career having never played a minute for the Tigers.

Roper, a three-star guard won won three state championships at New Living Word, announced Monday he will transfer from Grambling.

The 6-foot-6 small forward redshirted in 2016 and watched the Tigers finish 7-24, a five-win improvement from 2015 under second-year coach Shawn Walker.

Roper informed Walker of his decision Monday — they met last week to discuss his future — although Roper said he had planned to transfer all along. He cited style of play and position as his reasons to end his short tenure at Grambling.

"I don't think I fit the system they got going. I'm used to more of a run and gun team and playing more on the wing. They had me playing more in the post. That's basically it," Roper told The News-Star.


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