One of the most unique players in Colorado State basketball history played his final game as a Ram.
David Roddy will forgo his senior season and keep his name in the 2022 NBA Draft.
He announced his decision on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the deadline for players to opt out and maintain their eligibility.
In a lengthy message posted to Twitter, Roddy thanked CSU coaches, players and fans saying it is “with tears in his eyes” as he writes his farewell message.
“This is for sure the hardest decision I’ve ever made in my life, by far, just because of the emotional attachment I have to CSU,” Roddy said in an interview Wednesday after -midday. “Every relationship I’ve had has definitely brought me to tears multiple times making all the phone calls.”
Assuming Roddy is selected (which is a virtual certainty), he will be the first Ram picked in the NBA draft since 2013, when center Colton Iverson was Boston’s 53rd overall pick.
Most fictionalized drafts have Roddy as their first second-round pick, with a few saying he could sneak in late in the first round.
The two-round NBA draft will take place on June 23.
Roddy held one-on-one practices with several second-round lead teams, including the teams (Indiana, Orlando, and Toronto) with the top three second-round picks. Roddy said he will practice for Portland on Thursday and Golden State on Friday.
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While second-round picks, if Roddy is picked there, don’t necessarily have the same amount of contract money as first-rounders, some teams will pay similar guarantees for players they value as high-top prospects. level.
Roddy competed in the NBA combine in late May and performed well in measurements, at 6-foot-6, 261 pounds and a vertical leap of 35.5 inches and a wingspan of just under 7 feet.
His uniqueness is what makes him such an intriguing prospect. Roddy is close to being a positionless player. He’s undersized as a true power forward and has plenty of guard skills, but he’s big for a guard. He is dominant in the paint but also a 3-point shooter.
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He won’t leave CSU with his name at the top of the statistical categories because he’s done a bit of everything.
Roddy averaged 15.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, just under one block, and one assist per game for his CSU career.
As a junior, he went from a good player to a great one, earning Mountain West Player of the Year and averaging 19.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while his shooting at 3 points soared to 44%.
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He also played an important role in CSU’s turnaround. The Rams went 12-20 the year before Roddy arrived at CSU, when he picked the Rams over offers from hometown Minnesota as well as the Northwest and became one of highest-rated recruits in the program’s history.
CSU went 20-12 its first season and has improved each year to the point of a 25-6 record in 2021 and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Rams have made or would have made the playoffs in each of his three years.
CSU had to be in the CBI to end the 2019-20 season before COVID forced the cancellation of all postseason tournaments. The Rams went to the NIT Final Four in 2020-21 and the NCAA Tournament in 2021-22. It’s only the third time in program history that the Rams have made the playoffs three straight years.
He leaves the program much better than he found it. Roddy will also come out as a fan favorite.
With his release, CSU has two open scholarships that he can still fill ahead of the upcoming season.
David Roddy’s career numbers
Points: 1406 (ninth in CSU history)
Bounces: 677 (10th in CSU history)
Blocks: 77 (12th in CSU history)
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