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Strengths: Roby has decent size for a shooting guard at 6-5 or 6-6, complemented by an excellent wingspan that allows him to get his shot off in tough situations and cause some distractions on the defensive end. His best attribute has to be his jump-shot, which features effortless shooting mechanics, nice rotation, good range and a quick release, and he has the versatility to get it off and knock down shots in a number of ways. Roby can knock down shots with the catch and shoot as well as off the dribble, being able to put the ball on the floor for one or two short dribbles and pull up from behind the arc or from mid-range. Roby knows how to move off the ball in the half-court to find holes in the defense to get his shot off, particularly coming off screens from mid-range.
Weaknesses: Roby's frame is fairly narrow and bulk is less than ideal at only 190 pounds. This negatively affects many key parts of his game. Defensively he has problems fighting through screens, and his average lateral quickness already will make him a bit of a liability on this end until he can find a way to add more strength. Right now Roby is a bit of a one-dimensional player known more for his perimeter shooting ability than anything. Roby struggles to create space for himself because of his average ball-handling skills and overall athletic ability, and this deficiency is only likely to get worse once he reaches the next level.
Outlook: Despite being considered a likely second round pick, Roby decided to use his lone draft card and put his name in this year's draft. Roby is in a very tough situation, possibly feeling like his stock may have peaked as a sophomore and maybe not having enough faith in his ability to help his stock next year.
Comparison: Josh Childress
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