Roby Motivated by Preseason Poll Snub

The conference coaches' 2005-06 Preseason All-Big 12 team was released today. Conspicuously absent from the team, and most surprisingly, even missing from the eight players on the Honorable Mention list, is Colorado sophomore Richard Roby. That despite the 6-foot-6 wing player is the third-leading returning scorer in the Big 12. Roby, however, wasn't fazed when he learned of the snub on Monday.

Q: Does not being selected to the coaches' preseason all-conference team bother you?
Richard Roby:
It's always been like that for me, no matter what level of basketball I was playing. In high school I was never ranked very high. For me to be selected to that team would be different. It kind of gives me something to play for.

Q: Coach Patton gives you a hard time about your defense. Is that a point of emphasis for you this year?
RR:
Definitely. I want to prove myself defensively this year. I want to guard the better players in the league, the best players every night. That's why I worked hard this summer.

Q: Who were the toughest guys you played last year?
RR:
Joey Graham, Antoine Wright and Wayne Simeon.

Q: Tell me about your offseason.
RR:
I put on 15 pounds in the offseason. I tried hard to get in shape. It's a long season. I don't want to lose my legs like I did last year. I just want to be more consistent this year. I felt like last year, there were games where I didn't contribute like I should've to help us win.

When you play better people that are just as strong, or stronger than you, they can usually do the little things better. They don't let you get the open looks and easy advantages to be the player that I want to be this year.

I'd like to get more shots up this year but that starts on the defensive end. With the guys that we have we can trail the break well and get some easy shots and out number (fast) breaks.

I have to prove myself this year. I finished well last year and I expect great things from myself.

Q: What's different so far this year from when you got here a year ago?
RR:
A lot is different. I'm a lot more confident in myself and the team. I feel we have a good team this year. We proved that in the Big 12 (tournament) that we can compete with anybody in the country.

Oklahoma State lost all their best guys, and Kansas lost all their best guys. But they're still picked ahead of us.

Q: Ricardo said if there was a starting lineup today, it would be you, Jayson Obazuaye and Dominique Coleman in there at the same time. Would that move you to the 3? Is there a big difference between the 2 and 3 position on your team?
RR:
No. The 2 and 3 are interchangeable on our team. And Jayson, he can guard a 3; he's strong enough.

Q: Tell me about Coleman. Have you started to feel a chemistry with him?
RR:
Yeah, we're starting to feel some chemistry. He's a real competitive guy, which is good. He wants to win. He understands his role on this team. I'm looking forward to him going against some of the better guys in the league.

Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year (coaches' poll. Coaches could not vote for players on their own teams.)
Taj Gray, Oklahoma, F, Sr., 6-9, 238

Preseason Newcomers of the Year
Michael Neal, Oklahoma, G, Jr., 6-3, 191
Mario Boggan, Oklahoma State, F, Jr., 6-7, 235

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Julian Wright, Kansas, F, Fr., 6-8, 218

2005-06 Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Curtis Stinson, Iowa State , G, 6-3, 215, Jr.
Taj Gray, Oklahoma**, F, 6-9, 238, Sr.
JamesOn Curry, Oklahoma State, G, 6-3, 190, So.
Daniel Gibson, Texas**, G, 6-2, 190, So.
P.J. Tucker, Texas, F, 6-5, 225, Jr.
** - Unanimous selection

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school): Aaron Bruce, Baylor; Kevin Bookout, Oklahoma; Terrell Everett, Oklahoma; LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas; Brad Buckman, Texas; Joseph Jones, Texas A&M; Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech; Martin Zeno, Texas Tech


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