Roberson was easily Colorado's best defender and rebounder last year. He averaged 11.2 rebounds per game, good for second in the entire country. He also averaged 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, leading Colorado in both categories.
Roberson's defensive and rebounding prowess are what got him drafted 26th overall in the first round this past summer, by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Roberson is irreplaceable. Nobody on this year's roster can replicate what he did on the court last year.
But someone has to fill the void. Sophomore Josh Scott is filling the void. The 20-plus pounds of added weight is paying dividends for the 6-foot-10, 245 pound Scott.
As a freshman starter last year, Scott averaged a respectable 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Scott worked hard in the offseason, particularly on his body, and its showing.
Through three games, Scott has improved across the board. Scott's averaging 14 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He's shooting a very strong 56% from the field, and an even more impressive 88% from the free throw line.
Colorado averaged 37 rebounds a game as a team last year. They're currently averaging 40 rebounds per game this year. Yes, it's a very small sample size. But Roberson's absence hasn't hurt Colorado so far, rebounding-wise.
Scott has also shown glimpses of being a solid defensive big man, in a non-traditional way. Spencer Dinwiddie chimed in.
"Josh showed he's a great help-side defender, and truly a great help-side defender," Dinwiddie said about Scott. "Its just he's not as flashy, it doesn't look as pretty. He takes charges. Fans may not jump outta their seat for a charge, but its just as good as a blocked shot. It changes possession, and in some cases its better because you may get a foul."
There's still lots of games to be played this season for Colorado. But for now, Colorado has to feel good about how Scott has stepped up in the rebounding department. The sight of Roberson in a Thunder jersey doesn't sting as much now.