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Andre Roberson left Colorado a year early so he could develop his game quicker for the NBA, his father said Wednesday.
John Roberson, who played 12 years professionally overseas, shed light on his son’s decision.
“For him, it was just development and where he saw he'd be developing more,” John said from his home in San Antonio. "You look at all the different dynamics. You have what he'd be doing in Colorado versus the NBA. We felt it best for him to forgo his senior year."
John Roberson didn't feel Colorado developed his son to play in the NBA.
"That's the struggle he was fighting," John said. "Was it more about Dre and fulfilling his dream or more about getting wins?
"I think it has to go both ways. If you're going to develop him, develop him. Don't just take the point of view of, 'We need Dre so we can have a Final Four team or a top-10 team.' Now, if you look at it that way, it's selfish as opposed to (Andre) being selfish."
Roberson is currently projected as a second-round pick in this June's draft.
The 2013 NBA Draft has 77 early entry candidates, with 46 players from United States' colleges and 31 internatinoal players.
Players have the right to withdraw no later than June 17 ahead of the June 27 draft in Brooklyn.
College Players Steven Adams, Pitt C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's Anthony Bennett, UNLV Vander Blue, Marquette, Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Trey Burke, Michigan Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman Allen Crabbe, Cal Deweyne Dedmon, USC Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Grant Jerrett, Arizona Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State Myck Kabongo, Texas Shane Larkin, Miami Ricky Ledo, Providence Alex Len, Maryland C.J. Leslie, N.C. State Nurideen Lindsey, Rider Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma Ray McCallum, Detroit Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Norvel Pelle, Los Angeles College Prep Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown Marshawn Powell, Arkansas Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Robertson, Colorado Joshua Simmons, Spartanburg Methodist (JC) Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro Tony Snell, New Mexico Tahj Tate, Delaware State John Taylor, Fresno Pacific Adonis Thompson, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State B.J. Young, Arkansas Cody Zeller, Indiana
International Players Alejandro Abrines, Barcelona Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan Nemanja Besovic, Partizan Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan Matias Bortolin, Arkadia, Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna Rudy Gobert, Cholet Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL Sergey Karasev, Triumph Louis Laveyrie, Paris-Levallois Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo Artem Pustovyi, Khimik Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich Marko Ramljak, Zadar Dario Saric, Cibona Dennis Schroder, New York Phantoms Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm Janis Timma, Ventspils Marko Todorovic, Barcelona Axel Toupane, Strasbourg Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo
Andre Roberson canceled a Friday press conference at which he was scheduled to announce whether he would enter the NBA draft.
The deadline is 10 p.m. Sunday for non-seniors to declare for the draft.
"It's a big decision, an emotional decision," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Especially for Andre, when you want something (professional career) so much and you're also at a place (CU) that is so special to him, you're torn.
"Andre sees the benefits and risks of both, and he's weighing those benefits and risks. At the end of the day, he'll do what's best for him."
Tad Boyle believes Andre Roberson is receiving "misinformation" that may be influencing the junior forward's thought process.
"There's a lot of misinformation that I can't control — who's talking to him or his family," Boyle said. "I know Andre is a terrific young man. He's got a good head on his shoulders. But there are a lot of things that go into (this decision) in terms of the family and the misinformation.”
Roberson is rated no higher than a second round pick by draft outlets and most NBA scouts.
"Really what it comes down to is risk-reward. ... For Andre, the reward is 'iffy,'” Boyle said. “And the risk is pretty drastic, pretty major. At the end of the day, these guys have that dream (to play in the NBA), and it's a very strong magnet that draws them."
Allen Crabbe has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Crabbe was joined on the All-Pac-12 First Team by Arizona State's Jahii Carson, UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Larry Drew II, Colroado's Spencer Dinwiddie and Andre Roberson, Arizona's Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Stanford's Dwight Powell and Oregon's E.J. Singler.
Roberson was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Carson and Muhammad were named co-Freshman of the Year.
Hopkins is a four-star, 6-4 guard from Mesa, Arizona. Hopkins is the first commit for the Buffaloes from the 2013 class.
"That's the school that's been on me since Day One," Jaron Hopkins said when asked why he chose CU. "They were the first to offer me a scholarship. I really liked the academics and where the program is headed."
Jabari Bird and Aaron Gordon, two of the top recruits in the class of 2013, are set to visit California on Sept. 1 and take a trip to Colorado on Sept. 8.
"Right now those two visits we will take together," Bird told 247sports. "I don't know how to put it, but we aren't a package deal but we are. Don't be shocked to see us both play at the same college. It isn't a required thing but we like all the same schools."
Bird has narrowed his list of schools to four.
"I have Cal and Washington as my top two you could say and then there is Colorado and Oregon," Bird said. "Those are my final four schools I will be looking at."
Jabari Bird plans to visit the University of California on Sept. 1.
Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Richmond, has trimmed his list to four schools.
“My first visit is Cal and then Colorado and Oregon and Washington in that order,” Bird said. “That’s my final four.”
Bird will wait until the spring signing period to make a final decision.
“‘I’m going to commit sometime in the spring after high school basketball,” he said. “I want to see who’s going to be on their rosters, what situation is the best, and it will give me more time to do an evaluation.”