Up and Away

As expected, on Tuesday CU sophomore Richard Roby announced he will explore forgoing his junior year and enter the NBA draft. The 6-6 swingman said he will not sign with an agent, retaining his college eligibility, in case he decides to withdraw his name from the draft pool.

Richard Roby said he will withdraw from all but two of his spring classes. He needs to complete the two classes in order to retain eligibility for next semester in case he decides to come back to CU.

Roby said he plans to hire a personal trainer and work out individually for NBA teams. He said he's undecided on whether he'll attend various pre-draft camps for NBA hopefuls.

The NBA draft is June 28. Richard Roby can take himself out of the draft pool prior to June 18. Roby said he sought advice from Coach Ricardo Patton, his half brother Kenyon Martin and other family members before making his decision.

If Roby, CU's leading scorer in 2005-06, and a first-team All-Big 12 team pick, ends up signing with an agent and turning pro, he would be the third Buffalo to leave for the NBA prior to their senior year under Patton. Chauncey Billups left school after his sophomore season in 1997 and was the third pick in the draft. David Harrison left after his junior year and was taken with the final pick in the first round in the 2004 draft.

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