Richard Roby stands in the upper auxiliary gym at the Coors Events Center and precisely counts off the numerous places he has called home over the past eight years.

Israel. Mexico. Venezuela. Argentina. France. Korea. Puerto Rico. Japan.

It's several lifetimes' worth of travel crammed into just eight years of a professional basketball career...and that doesn't include a stop with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

In Boulder this week to practice with the fellow CU alums that comprise Team Colorado for next week's The Basketball Tournament, a national competition with a $2 million jackpot, Roby is coming off the longest single-team tenure of his nomadic career in Japan. Facing free agency, the Buffaloes' co-all-time leading scorer hopes to keep his basketball journey going as long as possible.

"If I could play another six or seven years I'd be happy," Roby said. "It all depends on your body. You take care of it and just see how things go. I love the game, so I'm going to keep doing it until my body won't let me do it anymore."

Roby has played the past three seasons with the Akita Northern Happinets, averaging 20.4 points this past season as the club's leading scorer. Yet Roby, who also averaged 8.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists, is facing a summer of uncertainty, and not solely because his contract has expired.

Japan's two professional leagues are merging into a single entity for next season, leaving Roby in limbo with his family that includes three daughters between the ages 4 and 7.


"I moved around a lot for most of my career so I really wanted to be somewhere stable," Roby said. "I've got a family, so I wanted to be somewhere where I'd be comfortable and they'd be comfortable and well-taken care of. We had three great years while I was there and things worked out. Hopefully after (the merger) they'll start signing Japanese players and then the international players.

Richard Roby’s total of 2,001 points remains tied with Cory Higgins for the most in CU history.
Richard Roby's total of 2,001 points remains tied with Cory Higgins for the most in CU history. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

"(The girls) have a lot of stamps on their passports. It's been good for them, but sometimes I wish they could be more stable in one place. It's tough as of right now, but it's a great experience that hopefully they'll remember when they get older."

Roby was the first CU player to eclipse the 2,000-point mark in his career, and his total of 2,001 points remains tied with Cory Higgins for the most in CU history. (Higgins also expressed interest in playing for Team Colorado, but a long march through the Euroleague playoffs this spring combined with the risk of injury after having an option picked up on his contract left Higgins off the roster).

Roby played in Team Colorado's one-and-done effort at The Basketball Tournament last year and was even more eager to participate again once team organizers Beau Gamble and Trent Beckley were able to schedule a short mini-camp this week in Boulder.

"I get a chance to play with the guys and get a chance to win two million dollars," Roby said. "I'm not doing a lot in the summertime so I jumped at the opportunity. Trent and Beau did a great job getting everybody together. It's great for everyone to get together and meet the current guys and keep up with what's been going on with the program."

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