Saturday, December 4, 2021

CSU Star David Roddy Plans To Channel Inner Nikola Jokic To Bring Rams Back To NCAA Tournament

Difference? Rene Puli laughed at him. His blue blood, the cream of the Twin Cities’ AAU crop over the years, all made it a point to outdo himself.

But David Roddy?

Man, David Roddy pushed off.

“Somebody saw him in the meeting and they said, ‘Did you know David was driving the track? Pulley, executive director of Howard Pulley Basketball, said of the CSU Rams basketball star. “David explained to me that he was running track to get more agility. So he could get better at football and basketball.

The godfather of AAU basketball in the Twin Cities, Puli’s alumni list ranks one of Minnesota’s best and brightest Who’s Who. Khalid al-Amin. Chris Humphries. Troy Bell. Joe Maur.

But tracking one of your kids for agility training? The way Roddy did it? that was new.

“And I thought it showed his dedication,” said René Puli. “I’ve never had a kid in[my]program who’d really take part in any other sport to improve themselves in basketball. It was really weird for me, but I thought it was great.”

Flash forward a few years, and he was shocked to see Roddy, the Rams’ hilly, multi-talented and multi-faceted 6-foot-6, 255-pound standout named on the Karl Malone Watch List, one of 20 scheduled to be on the country’s Right to be called the best power forward.

“(It) is just crazy,” said the winch. “And he fully recognizes where he needs improvement. He is self motivated. Where most of us need the coach who pushes us because we can’t push ourselves – David is his own motivator. And he knows how to push himself. He has a commitment to excellence that a lot of players don’t have. “

And a commitment, as the best men’s college basketball player in Colorado, toward settling unfinished business in the 2021–22 season—starting with the Rams’ season-opener against Oral Roberts, a Sweet 16 squad this past March, Moby Arena on Tuesday nights.

“What inspires me now?” Roddy asked rhetorically. “I’m just trying to get this team into the championship. And win the championship.”

“bad player”

CSU’s offense runs through Roddy’s second being Roddy’s classmate, point guard Isaiah Stevens, another cornerstone junior in the revival of coach Nico Medved’s program—and one of two rams on Mountain West’s president all-conference team. But CSU’s hoops tend to be known as – usually better – Roddy, for better or worse.

To wit: Only nine games last season did the Minneapolis junior produce a stat line with four or fewer buckets. The Rams went 3-6 (.333) in those games – three of which were against league rivals Utah State and San Diego State – compared to a sterling 17-2 point (.895) when Roddy’s line had five or more fields. were round.

“We do a lot of things where we play through David,” said Medved, whose team was voted 20-8 points by conference media, 14-4 as part of a COVID-adjusted 2020-21 slate. Was selected to win MW after finishing third during. in league play. “And David is also a huge decision maker for us.”

Roddy joked that he is a “positional player who plays everywhere.” He has also got the green light from Medved to shoot with the wings. When CSU goes with a smaller lineup, Rams Roddy will drop Captain Mismatch, effectively positioning him as a ‘5’, an undersized center, a position he held for a year. Previously played anywhere from 10-20 minutes per game.

Like Nikola Jokic, Nuggets standout and reigning NBA MVP, Roddy has got the game — and heart — of a guard trapped in a big man’s frame.

“If you had to pin me down, I’d say I was a power forward,” said Roddy, who shot an average of 27.8% last season with 15.9 points, 9.4 boards, 2.6 assists and a 3-point arc .

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“Where (choice) will I play? I’d say guard. Guard, of course. They are small people, and I can take advantage of mismatches in offensive posts while I put them to the defense. “

Roddy no longer plays quarterback, a position he excelled in during his days at break school in Golden Valley, Minn. But that never stopped him from thinking like one, always two or three chess leads.

“Maybe we don’t practice with him at the center (during the week) and you throw him out in a game, and he can execute it perfectly,” Medved laughs.

“He has this sense, just to know what’s going on… We’re at practice, we’re screaming, he’s saying what the other team is doing (they run). I like , ‘Lord, do you have to waste it in practice?’ He just realizes it.”

Deep down, he misses football too. Sometimes. He knows the saga of Michigan native Antonio Gates, who never played college football, became an outstanding force in a group of 5 schools (Kent State), was considered too young – 6-4, 255 – in rank. NBA to play, and turned into one of the best tight ends in modern NFL history.

“Everyone talks about it more than me,” laughed Roddy.

“The main goal is just to get drafted into the NBA, whenever it is. If basketball isn’t going the way I think it is, I may be drawn to (football).”

You know what else inspires him right now? NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. nothing personal. Well except that felt Individual, as the Rams selection went on as one of the last teams to be pulled out of the Big Dance from Sunday 2021.

“It really hurt, for sure,” Roddy recalled. “We had all our perceived notions that we were in, no matter what. Every one (Bracketologist) had us, and then being one of the last two teams was really heartbreaking for us… It makes you reflect on this.” What have you done better in the past?

“We haven’t seen the best”

With that March sadness still burning, Roddy, never satisfied, spent a few more weeks last May: ball-handling. passing. Ways to look better to your peers. and himself. Thinking like a quarterback again.

So Roddy traveled with Stevens to the latter’s native Texas for a fortnight in Dallas to work with NBA skills coach Tyler Ralph, whose roster of clients includes Julius Randall, Buddy Heald, and former Nuggets guard RJ Hampton.

“It (was) a lot of sensory overload, a lot of dribble moves in a small space,” Roddy explained. “Just to be creative with it and figure out how to (influence) the defense… When I’m kicking and driving, do I shoot or pass? It certainly helps, as well as getting better with the details.

“I’ll make a pass, but it won’t be on target. In the past, that would have been fine, but now you have to do it again and repeat it.”

Six movements in three steps on one side. Good. Now try it from the other side. Good. Do it now and add the step-back jumper. Good. Do it now and add three more moves.

“It was very strict,” Roddy recalled. “It just forces you to be out of your comfort zone. A lot.”

Because some things never change. Cause nobody pushes Roddy and louder Compared to Roddy himself.

“I’m excited for this season. I’m excited for that,” Pally said. “The one thing about it is that we all peak at different times. Maybe we’ve got the best David yet. Haven’t seen Roddy. Maybe we’re just watching development of David Roddy. “

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