Former Colorado basketballers Marcus Hall and Richard Roby signed with a pair of NBA teams this week. Hall signed with the New York Knicks, Roby with the New Jersey Nets.
Hall, a Houston, Texas native, is one of 15 players on the Knicks summer roster and one of eight rookies. The Knicks will play six games on Madison Square Garden Network from July 14-20 at the COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.
“I feel more than blessed with this opportunity,” Hall said. “I know I have a lot to do in becoming a New York Knick and there’s a lot of hard work in front of me.”
The 6-2, 175-pound guard was the 26th CU player to score 1,000 career points and finished fourth all-time in assists (423). He also finished tied for third in career games played (120).
Hall’s first practice with the Knicks is Friday and his first game is scheduled for Monday. The Knicks are one of 21 NBA teams participating in Las Vegas.
Roby, a 6-6, 200-pound guard, will play for the New Jersey Nets’ summer league team at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City beginning July 21. Roby is only signed through July 25 and can become a free agent after the tournament.
Roby, who broke a bone in his shooting hand at a pre-draft camp in Orlando was cleared by doctors to start working out the day after the NBA draft, according to Octagon Sports Marketing. According to Octagon, the original prognosis was that Roby was going to miss all three summer leagues (Orlando, Las Vegas, Rocky Mountain).
The Nets are one of six NBA teams participating in the Rocky Mountain Revue. All games will be played at the Lifetime Activities Center located at the Redwood Campus of Salt Lake Community College from July 18-25. No games will be played on July 20 or 23.
Roby finished his four-year collegiate career with 2,001 points, the most of any men’s player in school history. The San Bernardino, Calif. native was also the third player in school history to lead the team in scoring all four years.
Marcus Hall Snapshot
• 26th player to score 1,000 career points; fourth all-time in assists (423)
• tied for third in career games played (120)
• finished career ranked in the top-10 in six categories
• career-best 128 assists during the season; 100 assists in each of his last three years
• second in team scoring 14.0 ppg. senior year; netted double figures 25 of 32 times
• tied a Big 12 best with eight steals in one game
• set school record for minutes played in a season (1202); also played eight, 40+ minute games
• finished senior season among Big 12 Conference leaders: fourth overall in Big 12 assists (4.0), sixth in steals (1.8), seventh in assist-turnover ratio (1.8), eighth in FG percentage (.476), 10th in scoring (14.0).
Richard Roby Snapshot
• CU’s all-time leading scorer (2,001 points); fourth all-time in Big 12 Conference history
• Ranks in the Top-5 in 15 categories, one or two in seven of them
• All-Big 12 first and third team; conference all-freshman team
• Career scoring average 16.8 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 2.2 apg., 1.5 spg.
• Three of four years averaged over 17 ppg.
• 11 career double-doubles
• Scored double-figures 105 times in 119 games
• Seven career 30+ point games; 40 games with 20 or more points