MBB SIGNS TRIO TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
BOULDER - University of Colorado men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton announced Thursday the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The trio of athletes will begin their collegiate careers next season are Richard Roby, a 6'6" guard from San Bernardino, Calif.; 6'9" forward Marcus King-Stockton from Denver, Colo.; and 6'6" forward Martane Freeman from Kansas City, Mo.
In addition to the trio, Coach Patton also announced that 6'9" forward Andy Osborn from Longmont, Colo., currently on the team as a junior-transfer from Loyola Marymount University will be granted a scholarship beginning in the summer of 2004.
"The coaching staff did a good job of getting us involved with some quality players," Patton said. "Players that I believe that will continue the success we've started here at Colorado."
Richard Roby is 6'6", 190-pound wing guard from San Bernardino, Calif., plays at Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.). Roby is averaging 25 points and six rebounds, and was a member of the ABCD All-American Camp. He is listed as one of the Top 100 players in the country. Roby selected CU after making official visits with Florida State, Iowa State, Miami, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.
"Richard is a good basketball player, one of the better shooters that I saw all summer," Patton said. "He's a guy that can come in and play the two-guard. He has a great feel for scoring because of his size, and could have a chance at the next level and to be very special."
Marcus King-Stockton is a 6'9", 226-pound forward from Denver, Colo., plays at Colorado Academy, A first-team all-Conference, first-team all-State selection, King-Stockton is averaging 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds a game and selected CU over Ball State, Boise State, and Gonzaga.
"Marcus has a chance to be a really good basketball player. He has a great skill level for a big kid with a tremendous upside and a feel for the game in terms of scoring. I also like that he pushes the ball in transition and I think he'll get better and better."
Martane Freeman is a 6'6", 185-pound forward from Penn Valley Community Junior College in Kansas City, Mo.
Listed as a first-team all-Conference and ranked among top JC players in the country, Freeman averaged 15 points and five assists a game. He was recruited by Creighton, Jacksonville University, and Pittsburgh.
"We wanted to add a junior college wing player to go with a freshman wing (Roby) for next season, so we signed Martane Freeman. He is a very athletic player, who plays above the rim. I thought we needed his experience at the small forward."
Andy Osborn is a 6'9", 225-pound, junior-transfer from Loyola Marymount, who played at Longmont High School (Colo.). Osborn was the state of Colorado Player of the Year runner-up during his senior season. Osborn averaged 24 points a game (second in the state) and led the state with 551 points. At LMU, Osborn was a two-year letterman averaging 10 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. He became the 11th player in LMU history to score over 500 points during his first two seasons and scored 601 points with 270 rebounds.
"We promised Andy a scholarship if he would pay his way for the first year he transferred in," said Patton. "To have him practicing every day with us is going to pay off huge for next season. I really believe if he were eligible this semester, he would start for us. He has a great feel for the game and at 6'9", he can shoot the shoot threes. He would really compliment David (Harrison) well, because he could keep his defender from sagging in from David because of his shooting ability."