Andre Roberson says the NBA can wait.

Well, at least until April.

Colorado's star forward won't make a decision on whether to return for his senior year or declare himself eligible for the NBA draft until after the 2012-13 season ends.

The Buffs (10-2) open up Pac-12 play on Thursday at No. 3 Arizona (6 p.m., ESPNU).

"I'll decide when everything is said and done," Roberson said after a New Year's Day practice at the Coors Events Center. "After the season, I will sit down with coach (Tad) Boyle and come to a conclusion."

Two years ago, Boyle was very supportive of Alec Burks' decision to leave CU after his sophomore season. But the dynamic shooting guard was projected as a lottery pick and selected 12th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz.

CU’s Andre Roberson drives past Hartford’s Wes Cole during Saturday’s game in Boulder.
CU's Andre Roberson drives past Hartford's Wes Cole during Saturday's game in Boulder. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Roberson's future at the next level is more difficult to project. The 6-7 junior is one of the best rebounders and defensive players in the country, but still developing on the offensive end.

The latest mock draft at NBADraft.net projects Roberson as the 21st pick in the first round. ESPN draft expert Chad Ford ranks Roberson as the No. 44 prospect for 2013 and projects him as a second-round pick to undrafted free agent.

Only first-round picks are given guaranteed contracts in the NBA.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time and continuing to grow my game, that's all you can do," Roberson said. "This year is a different team and it comes in different ways. All that matters is winning."

Roberson averaged 11.6 points and led the Pac-12 in rebounding (11.1 rpg) last season. After a slow start, he is averaging 12.1 points and 12.1 rebounds through 12 games this season.

"I think Andre has done a great job leading. I think our guys really look to him on the floor," Boyle said. "He is a guy that plays with poise. Early in the year, maybe he showed a little bit of frustration, but he has really done a great job."

Roberson might have been pressing at times early in the season. Through the first three games, he was averaging 6.7 points on 7-for-26 shooting.

Since CU's last loss at Kansas on Dec. 8, Roberson has averaged an efficient 13.7 points (17-for-25 shooting) and 14.0 rebounds in three wins.

Scouts obviously love Roberson's work on the glass and defensive skill set. They question whether or not he can create his own shot and scoring consistently in the NBA.

"There's going to be some games where he's going to need to score more and he's going to have the opportunity to score more," Boyle said of Roberson's role in conference play as CU seeks a second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. "The thing about Andre right now is he's letting the game come to him, he's not forcing things."

Or a rushing a decision.

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