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Colorado Buffaloes’ Andre Roberson’s Draft Stock

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Colorado Buffaloes’ Andre Roberson had one more year of eligibility left in college basketball, but he decided to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft anyways. Roberson is arguably one of the best defenders in the draft, so let’s take a look at that draft stock.

Roberson’s stock seems to be a little tricky, considering that some sites don’t even list him in their mock drafts and others are saying he will go in the beginning of the second round to the mid second round. With that said, it will be interesting to see if his name will be called on draft day.

However, if a team is looking for a player that can be a force on the defensive side of the ball, look no further. Roberson would definitely be their man.

He may have only averaged 10.9 points per game this past season, but he also averaged 11.2 rebounds per game, 1.3 blocks per game and 2.2 steals per game. 11.2 rebounds per contest is a lot of rebounds for someone who is only 6’7”.

The offensive game really isn’t that bad either, sine he did shoot 48 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from behind the arc. Sure, those numbers could be better, but Roberson is the type of player that doesn’t have to score a lot to be effective.

It wouldn’t seem right if Roberson wasn’t drafted, but who knows if he will with his stock being all over the place. Regardless, he should make an NBA team even if he does have to sign with one after the draft. If I had to guess, though, I would say that he would get picked up in the mid second round.

 

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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

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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