The deadline to withdraw from the June 28 NBA Draft is Sunday. After working out individually for several NBA teams, Roby — a first-team All-Big 12 team member — decided to return to Colorado for his junior year.
"I felt it was the best decision for me," said Roby from his home in California. "I'm not a gambling man and I know coming back for my junior year can help me be a better player and show my leadership."
"I think we return a good base with Marcus, Marcus King, Dominique and Jermyl, even though we lost a lot guys last season," said Roby. "It doesn't take experience to win games — Kansas proved that last year."
In addition to not hiring an agent, Roby kept himself academically eligible by taking two correspondence classes after withdrawing from the spring semester. He will join his teammates on the Boulder campus during CU's second summer session beginning in July.
"One of the great NCAA rules is to allow a young man to test the waters and to see his projection of his draft position," said CU head coach Ricardo Patton. "We certainly welcome Richard back to the team and his experience through the process he endured will make him a much better player. The new and returning players look forward to the opportunity of playing with him for another year."
Here is the current CU roster:
Kalvin Bay, G, 6-1, 170, Fr.
Daniel Brown, G, 6-6, 190, Fr.
Dominique Coleman, G, 6-3, 170, Sr.
Marcus Hall, G, 6-1, 180, Sr.
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, F, 6-5, 210, So.
Marcus King-Stockton, C, 6-9, 225, Jr.
Sean Kowal, C, 6-10, 235, Fr.
*Chase Perkowski, G, 6-2, 185, So.
Richard Roby, G, 6-6, 195, Jr.
Xavier Silas, G, 6-4, 195, Fr.
Dwight Thorne, 6-2, 190, Fr.
Dale Vanwright, F, 6-5, 200, Fr. Jeremy Williams, F, 6-7, 215, Fr. *walk on.
In addition, center Marc Van Burck is expected to sign an LOI to play at Colorado.