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Andre Roberson

  • Full Name: Andre Roberson
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 206
  • Birthdate: December 4, 1991
  • College: Colorado
Minnesota Timberwolves (Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night) Round 1: Pick 26
 

- Andre Roberson Interview

Strengths
- Great rebounder
- Great defensive player
- Can make 3-pointers
- NBA type athlete
- Length
- Competes

Weaknesses
- Needs to get bigger and stronger
- Has to improve his free-throw shooting
- What’s his position?

NBA projection
Roberson has been projected as a second-round draft pick. It would be easy to focus on what Roberson isn’t, but better to point out that he’s got skills NBA teams can use. He’s a big-time rebounder because he’s got next-level athleticism and also length to go with a will to track down loose balls. He’s also an aggressive defender and plays hard all the time.

2012-13 Season
In earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors, Roberson became the first Colorado player to average a double-double in successive years since Shaun Vandiver (1989-91). He finished second in the nation in rebounding and was a big reason the Buffaloes advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second season in a row. That hadn’t been done at Colorado since the 1961-62 seasons.

Key statistics
10.9 ppg | 11.2 rpg | 1.4 apg | 2.3 tpg | 2.1 spg | 1.3 bpg | 33.4 mpg | .480 FG | .328 3PT | .551 FT

Cool statistic
Roberson is the only player in Colorado history to rack up 1,000 or more points (1,012), 1,000 or more rebounds (1,045), 150 or more blocked shots (150), 150 or more steals (164) and 100 or more assists (119) in his career.

Reminds me of...
Kenneth Faried

What Insiders Say
Colorado coach Tad Boyle
"It's kind of one of those coaching clinic conversations that you have: Would you rather have a guy who can box out every time, or a guy who never boxes out but can go and get the rebound? He's the first guy I've coached where I say, 'OK, don't box out. Go and get the rebound.' "

What Outsiders Say
Arizona coach Sean Miller
"Hands down the best defensive player in our conference and I think the best defensive player in the country is Andre Roberson. He may be the most versatile of anyone I've seen. He reminds me of kind of a Dennis Rodman type of guy when you consider how he can impact a game without scoring."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch