Roby Still a Buffalo

Colorado's Richard Roby is coming back to Boulder. The junior announced Saturday he has withdrawn himself from consideration in the upcoming NBA Draft. Colorado's leading scorer from this past season, Roby joins four returning players plus a host of newcomers to the 2006-07 roster.

Richard Roby decided to test the NBA waters after leading CU with 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game last season. While players taken in the first round of the draft are given guaranteed contracts, those taken in the second round aren't. Since he declared himself for the draft back in March, Roby said he would withdraw his name if he didn't feel he was sure to be taken in Round 1.

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."

The 6-6, 195-pound guard joins sophomore F Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, juniors C Marcus King-Stockton and PG Dominique Coleman, as well as senior G Marcus Hall as returners on the roster.

"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.


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