David Roddy reflects on his decision to commit to CSU
David Roddy is a three-sport athlete at Breck High School (Minnesota), and has more than 10 offers to play Division 1 basketball, as well as three other offers to play D1 football. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound future CSU hoopster could have played at Minnesota, Nebraska or Northwestern, but recently announced his verbal commitment to Niko Medved and the Rams.
According to Roddy, the decision ultimately came down to his relationship with the Colorado State coaching staff. Roddy explained that the Rams having two Minnesota natives on the staff initially caught his attention, and the duo of Medved and Dave Thorson (assistant coach), backed it up by establishing a genuine relationship with him throughout the recruiting process.
“They recruited me well,” Roddy said. “It was a real, reguine relationship and I believe in their vision for me and the CSU program, so I’m just really excited to head out to Fort Collins.”
Roddy visited Fort Collins in September and was in town for the CSU-Arkansas football game. Roddy raved about the atmosphere, and said the entire experience was memorable.
“Fort Collins is great,” Roddy said. “It’s a college town, it’s beautiful, there’s mountains everywhere.”
Now done with the recruiting process, Roddy is looking forward to really focusing on improving his game. The versatile big man has been impressed with how Kendle Moore and Adam Thistlewood have been able to come in and make an immediate impact for CSU, and is motivated to be able to try and do the same thing.
“They motivate me,” Roddy said. “It gets me excited because I know that if I work hard enough, and I do the right things, I’ll be a contributor for the team early in my career.”
Roddy prides himself on leading by example, both on and off the court, and is a player that enjoys being a facilitator. Roddy explained that he loves passing the basketball and helping create scoring opportunities for his teammates, which should make him a natural fit in Medved’s offense. More than anything, Roddy aims to be a strong teammate and wants to help the people around him get better.
When asked if Roddy considered playing basketball and football at the collegiate level, Roddy said that some schools did bring up the idea, but he ultimately felt like this was the best route for his future.
“I dedicated my life to both sports, so it was a really tough decision to choose basketball,” Roddy said. “But I feel in my heart that this is the best situation for me.”
Roddy is CSU’s fourth verbal commitment for 2019, and plans on signing in the early period which begins on Nov. 14. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on specific players before they have signed a National Letter of Intent, but following Roddy’s verbal commitment on Friday, Nov. 9, Medved tweeted the following.