MEN'S HOOPS: Roberson to remain in NBA Draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida junior guard Anthony Roberson has decided to remain in the 2005 NBA Draft, to be held on June 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The runner-up for SEC Player of the Year informed Florida head coach Billy Donovan of his decision on Tuesday morning.

"Anthony called me this morning and informed me that he is going to forego his senior year," said Donovan. "Over the past three years Anthony has been an absolute pleasure to coach. He's been a great player for the University of Florida, a great leader and I wish him nothing but the best in his pursuit of what is a lifelong dream."

Roberson earned First Team All-SEC honors for the second straight year, as he helped the Gators to a 24-8 mark and the school's first SEC Tournament title.

Roberson averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game on the season and led the SEC in scoring during league play at 20.8 points per game, the only player in the league to average better than 20 points per game. He was the only player in the league to score at least 15 points in all 16 conference games. Roberson had eight 20-point games and two 30-point games in league play. He led the Gators in scoring each of the past two seasons.

The Saginaw, Mich., native hit 94 three-pointers on the season and made 267 over his career, second in school history and just seven shy of the school record of 274 held by former teammate Brett Nelson. He led the Gators in three-pointers made in each of his three seasons.

Roberson led the SEC in free throw percentage in 2004-05, connecting on 90.0 percent from the line and leaves UF as its all-time leader in the category with a career mark of 86.4 percent, hitting 210-of-243 career attempts.

Roberson joins teammate Matt Walsh who made his decision to remain in the NBA Draft official on June 14. The two are the first Gators to leave early since Mike Miller and Donnell Harvey both left early in 2000 and each went on to become a first round pick.

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