Greater Columbus Basketball Legend Association
2013 GCBLA INDUCTEE
Joe moved to Columbus from the south and enrolled at Champion Jr. High where he excelled in the classroom then moved on to Columbus East High. Playing forward/center for the Tigers, in his junior year led the team to a 26-1 record, and a #1 state ranking. After graduating from East in 1956, Joe went on to play basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes where he was a co-captain on the 25-3 NCAA National Championship team. He had a stint in semi-professional basketball as a player/coach with the Columbus Comets, advancing to runner-up in the league finals. Joe was the 21st overall player chosen in the 1960 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals. Joe Roberts now resides in Oakland, California and is currently broker/owner of Joe Roberts & Associates Realty and is also teacher/coach at Alameda County Juvenile Hall.