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Few know about Andre Roberson, but they will after this season.
Have you heard of Andre Roberson? If you have and you're not a Colorado fan, you are in the minority. The Buffs' forward has flown under the radar, largely the result of playing for a bad team in a struggling Pac-12, but it appears as if he is finally going to get his due, at least if Sports Illustrated has anything to do with it. Seth Davis named Roberson his "Best player you've never heard of" heading into the 2012-13 season. By the time this season is over, you will know Roberson's name:
Though he is only a 6-foot-7 forward, Roberson led the Pac 12 last season in rebounds (11.1, also third nationally) and blocks (1.9) while leading the Buffaloes to the Pac-12 tournament title and a win over UNLV in the NCAAs. Many of Roberson's 11.6 points per game came in transition, but he did make 19 threes, so that shows he has potential to become a perimeter scorer. Roberson's a bit of a late bloomer, but he's a prototypical NBA three man, and I believe he will prove as much this season. Just remember where you heard about him first.
The Pac-12 won't be great this season, but it should be better. With the conference no longer a laughingstock, and now with a great TV deal that will grant decent exposure, the nation will have a reason and means to watch Roberson this season. When they do, they won't forget him.