BOSTON, Mass. – University of Colorado junior forward Andre Roberson was named to the 2013 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team, in addition named a finalist as the top defensive player award announced Monday.
The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. The award will be presented to the nation's top defensive player on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
Roberson, the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a first team conference selection, is the only Pac-12 player named on the 21-player list. He finished second nationally in rebounding (11.2 rpg.) and was also No. 30th in steals (2.16) and No. t-158 in blocks (1.32).
Roberson helped the Buffaloes to the Pac-12’s top scoring defense (conference games-only) of 62.2 points per game. Colorado finished the season with a 21-12 record and NCAA Tournament second round appearance. Roberson also set the school record for a junior in a single season with 347 rebounds, in addition establishing a career-best 66 steals. The 11.2 rebounding average is also a career-high.
Joining Roberson on the team are Khem Birch (UNLV), Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook), Will Cherry (Montana), Ian Clark (Belmont), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Gorgui Dieng (Louisville), Jontel Evans (Virginia), Shane Larkin (Miami), Zeke Marshall (Akron), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Durand Scott (Miami), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Michael Snaer (Florida State), D.J. Stephens (Memphis), Darius Theus (VCU), Julian Washburn (UTEP) and Jeff Withey (Kansas).
Driesell is best known for his time at Maryland leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and to the ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.