Ray Roberts

Ray L. Roberts was co-captain of the 1976 Southwest Conference regular season basketball champions as a starting senior player for Texas A&M University, scoring 283 points for a 10.9 average as the Aggies posted 21 wins and only six losses. He also started and played as sixth man for the 1975 conference championship team, which won 20 games and lost only seven. Initially enrolling at Oklahoma State, where he led the 1972 freshman team in scoring, Ray then transferred to A&M. As a sophomore at A&M, he earned his first of three varsity letters. During the 1970-71 season, Ray led the Garland High Owls to their most successful season, 32 wins and only three losses and a bi-district title. With a 21.6 average as a senior, he established an Owl career scoring record with 1,584 points during his three years of varsity play. Ray, as a 6'4 senior was an unanimous choice for all-district and named the Player of the Year. During the season, he also was named the Most Valuable Player and selected for the all-tournament team for the Dr. Pepper Tournament after leading Garland to the tourney championship -- the only time the Owls have won the title in more than a half-century of competition. Ray was named Player of the Year on the All-Greater Dallas Team and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game following his graduation. Playing before 9,500 spectators in Fort Worth, he scored 12 points as the North won, 100 to 99, setting new team scoring records. As a junior, he was an all-district selection for a Garland team which was runner-up to district winner and state finalist R.L. Turner. His first varsity season, he was Sophomore of the Year and received all-district honorable mention.