In the end, there was no waiting game for former Colorado State star basketball player David Roddy.
One of the Rams’ most successful and most likeable players in program history will get his chance to make an NBA roster, after taking a leap of faith and foregoing his senior season with CSU in order to remain in the NBA draft pool.
Thursday night, the Memphis Grizzles made Roddy the 23rd overall pick, which was about as high as any pre-draft projections had on him.
At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, Roddy impressed in NBA workouts over the past few weeks. Memphis liked him enough to make him their first pick of the draft, after the Grizzles traded down a spot with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Roddy, the Mountain West Conference player of the year who guided the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012-13, concluded his junior stint as the MW’s most-efficient shooter (57.1% from the floor), fourth-leading scorer (19.2 points per game) and sixth-leading rebounder (7.6 on average).
The Minnesota native scored in double figures during 28 of CSU’s 31 games while dropping at least 20 points on 14 occasions –– including a career-most 36 points off 13-of-20 shooting in a neutral-site victory over Creighton. He also converted 3-pointers at a 43.8% clip in 2021.
Among numerous accolades, Roddy obtained Sports Illustrated Third-Team All-American distinction as a junior.
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