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Pros and Cons of Colorado Buffaloes Andre Roberson’s NBA Draft Decision

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Soon enough, Colorado Buffaloes Andre Roberson will make his well anticipated decision and we will know whether or not if he will return for his senior year or declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for both sides.

Pros

If Roberson goes to the NBA, he will get drafted. He is way too talented for this not to happen. Averaging a double-double on the season definitely has NBA teams looking at him. Not to mention, he is 6’7”.

By making the jump to the next level, Roberson will be making a ton of money for playing the game of basketball. That right there is pretty appealing in itself. Roberson already has a relatively high draft stock and if he stays for his senior season, there is a chance that it will go down, especially since there are a bunch of one-and-done players entering college basketball next season. However, that is were the pros stop.

Cons

Roberson could still use some work on his offensive game. If he scores the basketball more, his stock will instantly go up. He averaged 10.9 points per game on the season and he is talented enough to get that number to 15 a game or even higher. If he makes the dash to the NBA too soon, there is a chance that he did not develop enough at the college level and will not be successful in the NBA. That is the biggest con, but that is situation that no one can predict.

Colorado is on the rise in college basketball, and if Roberson returns, the Buffaloes could easily be one of the best teams in the country next season. Without Roberson, they should still be good, but his rebounding and defensive abilities are so important to the team.

 

Whether the case, Roberson is going to be in the NBA at some point. Ten years down the line, it does not matter where you were drafted, but how you have performed in the NBA. If Roberson thinks he is ready then he should declare. If he doesn’t, then he has the chance to stay one more season with Colorado and develop even further.

In these types of situations, it really is never a bad choice to stay another season if a player does not feel ready.

With that, though, I think Roberson should declare. He is a great player and he has the game to compete in the NBA no matter which team drafts him. A player can only get so much better in college and his numbers this season would suggest that he has hit that point.

 

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 8 Colorado vs No. 9 Pittsburgh





The Colorado Buffaloes were one of the dark horses for the National Championship early in the season, but an injury to Spencer Dinwiddie halted their dominating stretch of wins. Still managing to secure a No. 8 seed in the South region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Buffaloes will face the also inconsistent No.  9 seed Pittsburgh Panthers on March 20th in a game that features two of college basketball’s biggest wild cards.

Pittsburgh finished fifth in the ACC, but nearly beat the Virginia Cavaliers to advance to the ACC Tournament finals. When Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna are on, they are a potential Elite Eight team; when they’re off, Pitt wouldn’t make it out of the first round of the NIT. The Panthers have a tournament streak in them, but they have to get off to a confident start.

What to Watch For

Josh Scott is playing extremely well for Colorado; he leads the team in points per game and rebounds since Dinwiddie’s injury. However, the Buffaloes will not win unless someone else steps up. Pittsburgh is an all-around talented team that likes to share the ball; Colorado must disrupt that. Patterson and Zanna will be the least of the Buffaloes’ worries if Pitt gets into a groove early on.

Prediction:

Colorado just isn’t the National Title threat that they were earlier in the season after Dinwiddie’s injury. The Buffaloes are a good team, but don’t look cohesive anymore. On the other hand, Pittsburgh looks like they could be catching on at the right moment. Expect big things from the Panthers in the tournament.

Pittsburgh 70, Colorado 60

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