Roby in Wait And See Mode

As he prepares to play the final three weeks of his junior season at Colorado, Richard Roby says he's not yet thinking much about his plans for the future.

A year ago this time, CU wing player Richard Roby was already sending out feelers about possibly entering the NBA Draft. By the end of the season, the Buffs had finished fifth in the Big 12 and played in the National Invitation Tournament. Roby earned a first-team nod on the postseason all-conference squad. Weeks later he declared himself available for the 2006 NBA Draft before reversing that decision and returning to Colorado for his junior year.

Roby said Monday he hasn't yet thought about whether or not he'll declare for the NBA again, or return to CU for his fourth and final year.

"I'm really going to do all that after the season," Roby said. "I've really got to analyze who's coming out, what positions are coming out, all that stuff."

Another factor in Roby's decision, he said, will be the new coaching staff that's in place after Ricardo Patton and his staff exit following this season.

Last summer, Roby ended up working out for several NBA teams, but was sick with flu-like symptoms during some of the workouts. When he received word that he wasn't necessarily a first-round pick — first-rounders are given guaranteed contracts by the NBA — he withdrew from the draft.

This season, several news sources have attributed NBA scouts as saying Roby needs to work on his consistency on the court. The most recent example of Roby's up-and-down tendencies came during the Buffs' most recent two games.

In CU's win at home over Oklahoma State, he had 20 points and nine rebounds. But he followed that with one of his weakest outings of the season: Roby managed just five points on 1-of-9 shooting, plus he committed five turnovers, in CU's loss on the road at Kansas State Saturday.

On the season, Roby is averaging 17 points, but his shooting percentage is 36.6, down from 40.8 last year. Perhaps more striking, Roby has already committed 10 more turnovers in 20 games this season than he did in 30 games last season.

Monday, Roby's focus was on preparing for the Buffs' home game with Kansas.

"Right now I'm just worrying about the season," he said. "After the season I'll probably have a better idea (of whether or not to test the NBA waters again), and whenever they decide what the next step is for our program."


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