David Roddy could do just about anything he wanted on the basketball court for Colorado State this season as he led the Rams to a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament – the highest seeding in program history and first trip to the Big Dance since 2013.
As he looks to become the first Ram drafted in nine years, Roddy was the Mountain West Player of the Year this season. He averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The junior shot 57.1% from the floor and 43.8% from deep.
His scoring average jumped by about four points each season with the Rams. He netted 30 points three times this season, including a season-high 36 against Creighton back in November. This game was part of a five-game stretch where he poured in 138 points (27.2/game).
Height: 6 feet, 5 inches
Weight: 255 pounds
Wingspan: 6 feet, 11.5 inches
ability to create own shot, defensive matchup
Roddy demonstrated he can score from all levels of the court. He can drive to the basket, knock down mid-range jumpers and pull up with ease. As CSU’s primary ballhandler, he found a multitude of ways to create his own show. His 57% field goal percentage demonstrated he knows what his shots are and how to get them, especially when facing double teams.
The Minnesota native can also matchup with several different positions on the defensive end of the floor. Big for a guard, he can defend opponents’ forwards too. Taking skill out of it, his physique is more similar to that of Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons.
Areas to improve:
weight, shooting ability
While his build is a plus on the defensive end, it is also one of Roddy’s downsides. NBA front offices tend to shy away from players with bodies like Roddy. Weighing a touch over 250 pounds, he will need to slim down to have success in the NBA.
Roddy will also need to improve his shooting touch. He was a career 31.9% 3-point shooter in three seasons with Colorado State. He markedly improved this past season and knocked down 43.8% of his 105 attempts. The question is whether that improvement is here to stay or solely an aberration for a player who shot below 20% two years ago. He will also need to convert at the free throw line. He shot just 69.1% from the charity stripe last season.
Projected draft range: Second round
Roddy will likely fall into the second round. He will provide whoever drafts him with instant offense, no matter where he lands. Roddy was the focal point of the Rams’ offense this season, so a supporting role at the next level will fit well. Look for the 6-foot-5-inch ballhandler to develop his game in the NBA.