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Richard Roby
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6'6, 200

BIOGRAPHY: Roby led Colorado in scoring with 16.0 points per game as a freshman and never looked back, repeating that feat in his final three years in college. Playing for a team that was regularly at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, Roby may be a bit of an under-the-radar prospect for this draft. There is some question, however, as to why Roby even stuck around for his final two years of college, after he was viewed in some circles as a late first-round pick after his sophomore season. Despite some minor fluctuations in his numbers since then, he hasn't done much to improve his stock. With the typical influx of underclassmen and a bevy of international prospects, Roby's value almost certainly isn't as high as it once was. He has a quick release from the outside, but sometimes that works as a disadvantage when he has time to square his feet and chooses to hurry his shot. He has excellent size for an NBA two-guard, but he needs to work on his ball-handling, which doesn't allow him to penetrate and finish strongly in the paint. Unless he improves his handle on the perimeter, Roby will likely only be utilized as a spot-up shooter offensively. On defense, however, Roby has the potential to be a stopper. He has excellent length and seems to instinctively play passing lanes, and he typically gets good position underneath for rebounds. He needs to bulk up, however, in order to body up some stronger shooting guards and small forwards in the NBA, as well as to help him become more effective driving on the offensive end. His half-brother is Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin, so the bloodlines are definitely in Roby's favor. Roby is probably a mid-second rounder in this draft, but it won't be a surprise to see him stick on an NBA roster.
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