By Tim Donohoo
Alec Burks and his 20 point per game average has departed from the Colorado Buffaloes starting five for 2011-12; however, the folks in Boulder are optimistic that 6-7 sophomore guard, Andre Roberson can fill the void. The Wagner High School prospect out of San Antonio will be the Colorado “go to” man on the hardwood this season as CU begins year one in the Pac 12 Conference out West.
Roberson set freshman school records for rebounds (297) and blocked shots (42), becoming the first Colorado freshman to lead the team in rebounding, steals (51) and blocked shots. This feat placed him in select company along with Michael Beasley (Kansas State), Antoine Wright (Texas A&M) and Kevin Durant (Texas) as the only players in Big 12 Conference history to accomplish this as freshmen.
Blessed with an excellent vertical jump, Roberson has all the tools. He shot 58 percent from the floor a year ago and grabbed seven boards per game. Roberson is a very well rounded player who can do a little bit of everything for a squad. He scored in double figures six times and had five double-doubles. He registered 12 games with 10+ rebounds and led CU in rebounding 23 games.
His father, John, played collegiately at New Mexico State and 12 years professionally overseas.
The Buffaloes kick off the season Nov. 11, hosting Fort Lewis College (Colorado); then play their inaugural Pac 12 matchup versus Utah, Dec. 31 in Boulder.
When Colorado laces up the sneakers keep an eye on Andre Roberson. He will remind you of a young Scottie Pippen. Colorado aims to play in the post season again this season. The road will be bumpy, but optimistic, for the silver, black and gold.