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June 30, 2013

Thunder newcomers make first impressions at new home

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“My reaction on draft night kind of felt like my birthday and Christmas all put together,” Adams said. “I was really excited about it. It’s just a huge honor to be putting on a jersey and representing the whole community.”

In three seasons at the University of Colorado, Roberson (6-7, 210 pounds) saw action in 105 games and posted career averages of 9.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game. After his junior season, Roberson was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Defensive player of the Year while receiving First-Team All-Conference honors.

While at Colorado, Roberson became the first player in school history to lead the team in rebounding, blocked shots and steals for three consecutive seasons. This past season, Roberson ranked second in the nation after averaging 11.2 rebounds per game.

Roberson said he knows he wasn’t drafted to be a scorer. It was his talents on defense and rebounding that caught the attention of the Thunder.

“Everybody knows that I’m a great rebounder and defender,” Roberson said. “I feel like those will be my strengths that I bring to this team. Continue to work hard every day and develop my other skills as well. Help the team compete and win championships.”

Oklahoma City acquired the draft rights to Jerrett (6-10, 235 pounds) from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations. The 19-year old played only one season at Arizona and averaged 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 block in 17.8 minutes per game.

Despite the small sample size, Jerrett made an impression on the Thunder.

“It’s always been a dream to play in the NBA and pay for an organization like this,” Jerrett said. “It’s hard to put in words. It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a little kid. Just seeing what this team does on and off the court, it just seems like a good fit for myself just to come in and do what I can to make this organization better.”

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