Roberson working on draft stock
Published: Friday, May 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 27, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Anthony Roberson still has not decided whether to return to Florida for his senior season or go pro, but may end up in Chicago in an attempt to prove his draft stock.
Roberson, whose name appeared on a tentative short list of underclassmen for the NBA Chicago Predraft camp, said Thursday he would probably accept the invite. The short list, reported by ESPN.com's Andy Katz, included Kentucky center Randolph Morris and Florida State guard Von Wafer.
"Most likely, I would be there," Roberson said by cell phone Thursday. "I'm not 100 percent sure yet. I'm just working hard, trying to see where I fit in, but I'm happy to hear about the invite."
Roberson said he planned on making his decision whether to hire an agent "some time in June," implying it would likely be after the Chicago workouts, which are scheduled from June 7-11. Players have until June 21 to decide whether to declare for the June 28 draft.
Roberson, who is working out alone in Atlanta, has no individual workouts with teams currently scheduled. He is encouraged by the feedback he is getting, despite some projections that have him at best a late second round draft pick.
The 6-foot-1 Roberson, a two-time All-SEC first-team point guard, averaged 17.5 points, second in the league behind Alabama forward Kennedy Winston.
"I think doors are opening for me," Roberson said. "A lot can happen in the workouts."
Florida junior guard Matt Walsh declined an invitation to Chicago three days ago. Walsh has individual workouts with three undisclosed teams scheduled for next week.
"He's decided to go the individual workout route," said Walsh's father, Mike.
Walsh has been working out this spring at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, matching up with draft prospects such as Providence forward Ryan Gomes and Memphis forward Sean Banks.
Former senior Florida forward David Lee had a strong week of workouts with the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Lee has moved up from an early-second round pick to a late first-round pick in some projections.
Last week, Lee worked out for the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with favorable reviews. Lee was matched with SEC rival Lawrence Roberts in his workout with the Nets.
"He was in good shape, played well," Nets General Manager Ed Stefanski said. "He looked relaxed and confident out there."
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