Roby Named to Preseason Big 12 First-Team

Colorado junior Richard Roby has been named to the all-Big 12 men's basketball preseason first team by Big 12 coaches, the conference announced Wednesday. The Buffs begin official practices Friday. Roby recently spoke with the Buffalo Sports News about his NBA tryouts, decision to return to CU and the upcoming season.

BSN: You've got a lot of new freshman teammates this year. Tell me about the new guys.
Richard Roby
: They love to compete. They're willing to learn. They have a lot of talent. They're going to have to contribute right away. It's a lot to throw on a freshman's shoulders, but it's the same thing I had to do right away when I came here, so it is doable.

BSN: When during your NBA tryout phase did you know you were going to come back to Colorado?
Roby
: I knew kind of early. I caught the flu pretty bad and then I had food poisoning right before my workouts began. So I really wasn't 100 percent. I missed a couple of my (individual) workouts because of that. I looked at that as a sign; this was maybe not the year to come out. I think it's a blessing, though, to be able to play here again. I think it's going to help me out a lot.

BSN: You look bigger than you did last year. How much do you weigh right now?
Roby
: 205.

BSN: What did you play at last season?
Roby
: 195.

BSN: How'd you put on the 10 pounds?
Roby
: Getting in the weightroom, eating better and just making sure I eat a lot calories. I think it's going to help a lot. The guys in this league are very strong. For me to be on the same level with that strength is going to help me a lot. I'm usually playing against guys stronger than me, but I looked at it as a priority for me to get in the weightroom and get stronger.

BSN: Last year, it seemed like there was tension on the team during Big 12 play. What happened? And are you cool with Coach Patton these days?
Roby
: There was a tension. It was just kind of a big mess. Some of the players felt like they should have been playing more. That just disrupted the whole team and it carried onto the court. And hence we wound up with a losing streak and lost a lot of games we should have won that would have probably put us in the tournament.

But me and Coach Patton, we never really bump heads too much. A player and a coach are going to have disagreements every once in a while. But there's nothing ever too big between me and him.

BSN: Coach Patton is in the final year of his current contract. Do you feel a responsibility to play well and win for Patton to get a contract extension?
Roby
: I feel I do. I'm a big part of this team leadership wise, and I really want to see Coach Patton get that contract extension. That's one of the motivations I have for working hard is because I think he deserves it. He works hard.

Roby Named to Preseason All-Conference Team
Roby led CU in points (17), rebounds (5.5), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (63) last season on his way to earning first-team all-Big 12 honors.

The 2006-07 all-conference preseason honors are as follows:

Preseason Players of the Year
G Brandon Rush, So., Kansas
F Julian Wright, So., Kansas

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
G Charles Burgess, Jr., Texas Tech

Preseason Freshman of the Year
F Kevin Durant, Texas

Preseason First-Team
G Richard Roby, 6-6, Jr., Colorado
G Brandon Rush, 6-6, So., Kansas
G Acie Law, 6-3, Sr., Texas A&M
G Jarrius Jackson, 6-1, Texas Tech
F Julian Wright, 6-8, So., Kansas
F Joseph Jones, 6-9, Jr., Texas A&M

Preseason Honorable-Mention
Mario Chalmers, Kansas; Cartier Martin, Kansas State; Mario Boggan, Oklahoma State; JamesOn Curry, Oklahoma State; Kevin Durant, Texas


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