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May 17th

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May 16th

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Original Team Colorado looking for one last shot at TBT

From the Daily Camera … The group helped turn Team Colorado’s entry in The Basketball Tournament into an annual tradition, making the summer workouts in Boulder a bridge between Colorado basketball stars of the past with coach Tad Boyle’s current roster.

For many, the 2018 edition of Team Colorado will be the final go-around for that original group.

Next month, Team Colorado — the group of CU basketball alums who compete annually in the $2 million winner-take-all, ESPN-sponsored The Basketball Tournament — will again hold its pre-tourney workouts in Colorado. While some roster tweaks may still unfold, the bulk of the 2018 team is intact, with several familiar faces expected to fill the rotation.

However, with guys getting older the inevitable changing of the guard is looking as if it is just one year away.

“For the guys playing overseas, their basketball season typically is nine to 10 months. If they’re overseas for nine or 10 months and they come home in the summer and they have two or three months, it’s hard for me to put the pressure on them to want to play and want to be part of this thing,” said former CU player Beau Gamble, who once again is serving as one of Team Colorado’s general managers.

“You go from having 60 days guaranteed of vacation and rest before you’re back to your grind of training camp for your next season. If you’re going to do this, you’re not going to have any down time at all. That’s the hardest part of getting the highest-level guys because they have to take care of their bodies. It just shows the commitment we get from guys like Austin Dufault, who is just finishing up his sixth year of playing pro.”

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May 5th

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Pac-12 move to 20-game league schedule more a question of when, not if

From the Daily Camera … At this point, it seems it only is a matter of when, not if, the Pac-12 Conference will move to a 20-game basketball schedule.

That will be a good thing for the Colorado Buffaloes. And their fans, too.

The Pac-12 held its annual summer meetings this week in Scottsdale, Ariz., and one of the biggest topics of conversation circled around the expected move to a 20-game league slate beginning in the 2019-20 season.

The change will keep the Pac-12 in pace with the Big Ten, which will play a 20-game league schedule for the first time next season, and the ACC, which does the same in 2019-20.

Given the priority placed on RPI numbers in the competition for NCAA Tournament berths, a 20-game league schedule will benefit the Buffs on a number of fronts. Most immediately, it will erase the discrepancy that occurs when teams play two sets of opponents just one time apiece. This past season the Buffs hosted the northern California schools, Cal and Stanford, but didn’t visit them. Same with the Oregon schools, which CU visited but didn’t host. That deprived the Buffs of extra winnable games against Cal and OSU, while the young squad was forced to play the league heavyweights in Arizona and Los Angeles twice.

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May 1st

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George King invited to NBA Combine

From the Daily Camera … George King’s impressive postseason is leading to bigger and better opportunities.

Following standout performances at the NABC All-Star game during Final Four weekend and at the Portsmouth Invitational, the former Colorado men’s basketball standout has received an invitation to the NBA draft combine.

The annual event runs May 16-20 in Chicago, one month ahead of the June 21 NBA draft.

King’s name still isn’t landing on standard mock draft boards, yet he certainly has helped his cause in a big way since the Buffaloes’ season ended on March 8 with a loss against Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament.

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April 25th

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Commission on basketball report: “The state of the game is not very strong”

From the San Jose Mercury News … The Commission on College Basketball sharply directed the NCAA to take control of the sport, calling for sweeping reforms to separate pro and college tracks, permit players to return to school after going undrafted by the NBA and ban cheating coaches for life.

The independent commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, released a detailed 60-page report Wednesday, seven months after the group was formed by the NCAA in response to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. Ten people, including some assistant coaches, have been charged in a bribery and kickback scheme , and high-profile programs such as Arizona, Louisville and Kansas have been tied to possible NCAA violations.

“The members of this commission come from a wide variety of backgrounds but the one thing that they share in common is that they believe the college basketball enterprise is worth saving,” Rice told the AP Tuesday night, before addressing NCAA leaders on Wednesday morning. “We believe there’s a lot of work to do in that regard. That the state of the game is not very strong.

“We had to be bold in our recommendations.”

… “The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league,” the commission wrote in its report.

Rice presented the commission’s report to the NCAA’s Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors at the association’s headquarters Wednesday. She called the crisis in college basketball “first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility.”

The two groups of university presidents planned to meet after Rice’s presentation to consider adopting the commission’s recommendations. If adopted, the hard work of turning the recommendations into NCAA legislation begins.

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott’s reaction

From the Daily Camera … On Wednesday morning, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott offered this reaction to the Commission on College Basketball report:

“The Pac-12 Conference commends former Stanford Provost Condoleezza Rice and the NCAA Commission on College Basketball for the report it released today and its recommendations for basketball reform. They reflect the Commission’s diligent work, its dedication to the integrity of college athletics, and its commitment to student-athletes.

“We are particularly pleased that many of the Rice Commission’s recommendations parallel those of the Pac-12 Task Force, which were unanimously embraced by our conference’s 12 presidents and chancellors in March. We look forward to working with the NCAA and our members to evaluate and implement the recommendations.”

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April 20th

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Lazar Nikolic the odd-man out as CU makes room for Shane Gatling

From the Daily Camera … For the third consecutive season, the Colorado men’s basketball team is losing a player through a European exchange.

To make room on the roster for newly-signed junior college guard Shane Gatling, freshman Lazar Nikolic will be leaving coach Tad Boyle’s program to pursue professional opportunities in Europe. Nikolic, a native of Serbia, is following a similar path as former CU guard Thomas Akyazili, who returned to his native Belgium last year after spending two seasons in Boulder.

Two years ago the Buffs also lost little-used Bosnian forward Kenan Guzonjic, who eventually landed at Division II Barry University in Florida.

Nikolic’s departure puts the Buffs back at the full allotment of 13 scholarships for the 2018-19 season. Boyle said Nikolic first offered his thoughts about going back to Europe on the Monday following the Pac-12 Conference tournament more than a month ago but took several weeks to mull his final decision.

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April 17th

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Boyle on Namon Wright:  “There were some flashes of brilliance and some moments that were, ‘Yeah, that’s why we recruited him.’ “

From the Daily Camera … Namon Wright still has the feel of a newcomer with the Colorado men’s basketball team. Such has been the vast and thorough nature of the roster turnover since Wright arrived from Missouri two years ago.

Despite playing an active role with the Buffaloes for just one season so far, Wright suddenly has become the elder statesman on a team that will feature a rotation heavy on freshmen and sophomores in 2018-19. With the departure of 2018 seniors George King, Dom Collier, and Tory Miller-Stewart, Wright now has been in Boulder as long as any player on the roster, and barring further unexpected changes he will be CU’s only senior during the 2018-19 season.

“It’s long overdue. I’m old,” Wright said. “I sat out a year, so it’s weird. I came into college in Dom’s year, so seeing Dom graduate wakes me up a little bit. Josh Perkins and everybody else that was in my class in high school. Karl-Anthony Towns is a third-year guy and going to the playoffs in the NBA, and he was in my class in high school.”

Head coach Tad Boyle described Wright’s 2017-18 season as a sort of microcosm of how things unfolded for the entire team — flashes of brilliance, certainly, but balanced with a potential muted by inconsistency.

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April 16th

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CU announces the signing of Shane Gatling

From CUBuffs.com … Junior College All-American Shane Gatling has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball and continue his education at the University of Colorado in 2018-19, head coach Tad Boyle announced Monday.

Gatling, a 6-2 guard from Baldwin, N.Y., is the fourth member of Colorado’s signing class for 2018-19, joining Jakub Dombek (Ostrava, Czech Repulic, Get Better Academy), who signed this last weekend and Daylen Kountz (Denver East HS) and Elijah Parquet (Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS), who signed in November.

Gatling earned NJCAA Division I All-America honors this past season at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, averaging 16.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Warriors to a 33-1 record, with their only loss coming in the second round of the NJCAA Tournament.

The addition of Gatling will help to fill a need on the perimeter. Colorado graduated its top two 3-point shooters from this season – seniors George King and Dominique Collier. Gatling matched the Indian Hills school record for 3-pointers made in one season at 102 en route to Region XI Player of the Year honors. He shot 39 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line.

“As I look at next year’s team, what we lost and what we need to add, Shane is a perfect fit,” Boyle said. “He is the true combo guard we were looking for.”

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April 15th

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Verbal commitment … Shane Gatling

Shane Gatling has tweeted that he is joining the Buffs. Gatling is a 6’2″, 170-pound shooting guard from Indian Hills Junior College. Originally a member of the Recruiting Class of 2016, is considered a two-star prospect.

According to JUCO Recruiting, Gatling is the No. 23 junior college recruiting prospect this season. Gatling is a three-point shooter who earned NJCAA All-America and Conference Player of the Year honors. Reportedly, schools interested in Gatling included Akron, Dayton, Memphis, Missouri, and UNLV were among the programs to offer Gatling.

Indian Hills Community College story on Gatling … Indian Hills sophomore guard Shane Gatling has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NJCAA Division I All-America Team.  There are 10 players on the NABC elite squad, all of them sophomores.  It’s the second All-American honor for Gatling, who earlier was selected to the NJCAA first team.

After transferring to Indian Hills from Niagara University in New York, Gatling led the Warriors in scoring this past season with his 16.6 average and was one of the most prolific long-range shooters in school history, tying the record for most 3-pointers in a season with 102.  He made 39 percent of his 3-point tries and hit at least one three in all but two of the Warriors’ 34 games in their 33-1 season.

IHCC head coach Hank Plona noted that Gatling had an outstanding year and called him a “pleasure to coach.”  Plona praised the All-American guard saying, “Shane is a hard-working young man who has improved every day he’s been here.  He’s a dynamic guard that can score and make plays in many different ways.  I’m thrilled he has received this honor and can’t wait to see him continue to succeed at the NCAA Division I level next year.”

Here is a YouTube video of Gatling in action:

George King named to pre-draft tournament team in Portsmouth

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s George King is having an excellent pre-NBA Draft showcase tour thus far.

Over the weekend, King put together three outstanding efforts in the Portsmouth Invitational, a gathering of seniors from around the nation for a three-game tournament in front of NBA and other pro scouts. King earned all-tournament honors while leading his team to a 2-1 record in the event.

King’s weekend was one of the most productive of any of the participants. He finished as the tournament’s fourth-leading scorer, averaging 18.0 points per game, while also averaging 7.7 rebounds, tied for eighth-best in the event.

King also produced at a high efficiency. He finished with the third-best shooting percentage (22-for-38, .579 — the best percentage among any player with at least 30 shots), had the third-best 3-point field goal percentage (7-for-13, .538), and made all three of his free throw attempts.

King had 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting and five rebounds in his team’s opening win, then followed that with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double in another victory. His team came up short in the final game, losing by one point, but he still finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, along with eight rebounds.

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April 14th

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CU announces the signing of Jakub Dombek

Press Release from CUBuffs.com … Jakub Dombek has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball and continue his education at the University of Colorado in 2018-19, head coach Tad Boyle announced Saturday.

Dombek, a 6-10 forward from Ostrava, Czech Republic, is the third member of Colorado’s signing class for 2018-19, joining Daylen Kountz (Denver East HS) and Elijah Parquet (Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS), who signed in November.

Dombek is attending the Get Better Academy in the city of Prague, where he has averaged 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds this season in the Czech Men’s First League. He is an intriguing signing for the Buffaloes, who certainly were after a player with size to fortify their frontcourt. Dombek is relatively new to the sport, having played organized basketball only the last three or four years, but has the size and skillset Colorado was looking for.

“Jakub is a guy who has a tremendous upside,” Boyle said. “He runs the floor for a guy that’s 6-10, he shoots the ball from the perimeter and has got good skill. He has not been playing organized basketball for very long, but when you look at a kid like this, his upside is unlimited.”

Dombek will be the 16th international player for the Buffaloes since the mid-1950s, the eighth in the Boyle era and fourth in the past three classes.

Colorado learned about Dombek through assistant coach Bill Grier‘s connection with Get Better Academy head coach and director Julian Betko, who played at Butler under Brad Stevens from 2004-08, and started the GBA in 2012.

“I had contacted Julian about some of his guys and we talked about Jakub,” Grier said. “(Julian) thinks he has a chance to be a pro and a lot of others I talked to feel the same way. (Jakub) is really athletic, aggressive and shoots it really well.”

Boyle was able to see film on Dombek in the fall and “absolutely loved him.” In January, assistant coach Kim English was able to watch Dombek play in a prep school tournament in Rhode Island and Boyle caught him on the same trip in New York City.

“He’s got a chance to be as good as he wants to be given his size, his skillset and the fact that he hasn’t been playing basketball for an extended period of time,” Boyle said. “He’s going to need to get in the weight room, and we know with foreign kids coming over here there is an acclimation period they go through.

“He’s going to go through a lot of changes over the next year – physically, mentally, emotionally, academically, but we’re very excited about his future. He’s a guy that could be a very good player for Colorado moving forward.”

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April 13th

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“They know how critical this offseason is going to be”

From CUBuffs.com …  It is a college basketball maxim that players make their biggest jumps in improvement between their freshman and sophomore years.

If that is indeed the case, the Colorado Buffaloes might be in the midst of one of their most important offseasons in recent memory — simply because the Buffs have so many freshmen in position to make such a jump.

“Now they know what their weaknesses are, they know what college basketball is all about, they know what the Pac-12 demands of them,” Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said. “Now when they go into the offseason, they understand that.”

It means those freshmen’s job will be to address their weaknesses in the weight room and in the gym between now and next fall.

“It’s a crucial offseason for us,” CU strength and conditioning coordinator Steve Englehart. “We have some guys that need to gain some weight, some guys that need to get stronger, some guys that need to improve their stamina. It’s a little different for every guy, but every player needs to put some work in if we’re going to get better.”

There’s no doubt that this year’s freshman class will be the heart and soul of next year’s team. It begins with point guard McKinley Wright — the team’s MVP this season — and continues with forward Tyler Bey, wing D’Shawn Schwartz, wing/guard Lazar Nikolic and big man Evan Battey, who redshirted last season.

“When they’re incoming freshmen, it’s the old adage that they don’t know what they don’t know,” Boyle said. “It’s not their fault, but they don’t know what they’re going to face. Now they’ve seen it first hand and they know how critical this offseason is going to be.”

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April 11th

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Evan Battey working his way back from mid-season stroke

From the Daily Camera … It may not qualify as a tweet-heard-’round-the world, but for Colorado basketball fans it certainly was a heartening update.

On Tuesday evening, freshman forward Evan Battey posted a video of teammate McKinley Wright in the CU weight room, capping the update with the grammatically challenged yet highly encouraging declaration, “yeahhh im back.”

Sidelined since suffering a stroke over the holidays while in his southern California hometown, it is looking more likely the affliction will not lead to a premature end to Battey’s basketball career. However, while the 6-foot-8 forward is ramping up his strength and conditioning drills, head coach Tad Boyle still is erring on the side of caution by not yet inking Battey into his 2018-19 rotation.

To use an analogy favored by the CU football team, consider Battey a part of the “pencil” rotation.

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April 9th

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Jon Wilner: Colorado a “sleeper pick” to win the Pac-12 in 2018-19

From the San Jose Mercury News … Calling my shot now, with rosters in flux and seven months from tipoff, while fully acknowledging the potential for immediate mockery and longer-term ridicule:

The Pac-12’s basketball product will be vastly improved next season.

Actually, check that: The middle will be vastly improved.

The top might not be sterling — in fact, it probably won’t be.

Game out the 2019 season, and there are few reasonable scenarios in which the Pac-12 produces more than one or two teams worthy of a high seed in the NCAAs.

But the middle should be respectably, impressively sturdy:

Too many teams have too many returnees (or talented newcomers) for the conference to be anything but stout in the midsection.

Small top, wide middle and weak bottom — that’s the likely shape, to be reflected in the NCAA participation numbers.

We’ll figure on six or seven bids, most of the in the No. 6-10 seed range …

1. Oregon: Judged solely on returning production, the Ducks would be anything but a clear favorite: Only one player, Payton Pritchard, averaged double figures this season. But combine the presumed development of returning role players (Kenny Wooten, for instance) with the impact of uber-recruits Bol Bol and Louis King and Dana Altman’s coaching … and the end result is the best team and safest pick for the regular-season title. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ducks finish two or three games clear of the competition.

4. Colorado: My first sleeper pick, based on current roster projections. The Buffs lose underrated George King but return the majority of their rotation. The group includes one of the top point guards in the conference, McKinley Wright, and wing Tyler Bey, a major talent who should become an impact scorer. And don’t discount the Buffs’ immense homecourt advantage, which limits their downside in the conference standings and puts them just a few road wins away from breaking into the upper tier.

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April 6th

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Boyle: CU/CSU series may take a hiatus

From the Daily Camera … With their season-ending exit from the Pac-12 Conference tournament now a full month into the background and spring break complete, the Colorado men’s basketball team already has begun focusing exclusively on the 2018-19 campaign.

That includes finalizing the nonconference portion of the Buffaloes’ schedule, a process that is in full swing. Once it’s complete, next season’s slate could very well be devoid of a familiar state rival.

This past season’s edition of the CU-Colorado State rivalry — the Buffs suffered a 72-63 road loss on Dec. 2 — marked the end of the games under contract between the regional foes. CU head coach Tad Boyle didn’t dismiss the possibility of the rivals squaring off for the 129th time next winter. Yet he stopped far short of assuring local basketball fans the state’s two biggest programs would meet again next season.

Myriad factors, from Boyle’s RPI concerns for his program to the ho-hum attendance figures from the recent rivalry games, could spell the end of a series that has been continuous for 27 seasons. Though CSU has won three of the past four games against CU, the Rams are facing a rebuild under recently-hired coach Niko Medved after a tumultuous 11-21 season.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be renewed or not. There’s going to be discussions,” Boyle said. “I’ve got to give it some serious thought. We’ve got games still to get for next year’s schedule, so we’ve still got work to do.”

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April 5th 

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McKinley Wright named team MVP at annual awards banquet

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s basketball team celebrated the 2017-18 season at its annual Awards Banquet Wednesday evening at the George Boedecker, Jr., Practice Gym at the Coors Events Center.

McKinley Wright IV received the Chauncey Billups Award as the team’s Most Valuable Player. The Chauncey Billups MVP Award is one of five voted on by Colorado men’s basketball student-athletes. Dallas Walton won the Most Improved Player Award, Tyler Bey the team’s Best Defender, Josh Repinewas voted Most Inspirational and George King and Evan Battey were co-winners of the inaugural Tebo Family P.A.S.S. Award.

In addition, two statistical champion awards were handed out. King won the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award while Wright earned the Jay Humphries Assist Award.

Wright led Colorado by averaging 14.2 points, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 77 percent from the foul line. The freshman point guard also paced the team in field goals made and attempted while ranking third in rebounding and fourth in blocked shots.

Wright was named to the Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team while earning honorable mention to both the overall All-Conference and All-Defensive teams. He topped all Pac-12 freshmen in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) and ranked third in scoring.

Wright won the Jay Humphries Award, named after the Buffaloes’ all-time leader in assists (562 from 1980-84). His 175 assists are the most by a freshman in team history and ranks second overall on Colorado’s single-season list.

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April 4th

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More on Jakub Dombek

Thanks to CU at the Gamer Jenda for this post:

Hi all, I’m chatting with a friend in the upper echelons of Czech basketball about Jakub. He sent me this link (below) with his game by game stats. (It’s in Czech, but Stats are recognizable). The NBA has been scouting him for a year now, and he’s certainly one of the best players among his peers there. His strengths are more on the defensive side, with rebounds and blocks in particular. He averaged a bit over 7 pts a game, with 5+ rebounds and nearly a block a game.
At 17 he attended the euro Jordan camp, which only admits 20 15-18 year olds, so he’s been pretty well decorated over there. His hustle pops off the film.
http://www.cbf.cz/souteze/hrac_8010_soutez_2060.html

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April 3rd

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Buffs pick up commitment from Jakub Dombek, a 6’10” forward from Czech Republic

From the Daily Camera … The void in the frontcourt apparently has been filled for the Colorado men’s basketball team.

According to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Get Better Academy, a basketball training organization in Europe, the Buffaloes have received a commitment from Jakub Dombek, a 6-foot-10 forward out of the Czech Republic.

Dombek will enter CU as a freshman with four years of eligibility. It is the second European player in as many years landed by the Buffs since assistant coach Bill Grier joined the staff. Grier helped Gonzaga rise to prominence during a 15-year run as an assistant through 2007, with Grier serving as the recruiting coordinator over the final 10 years while bringing a number of international recruits to Spokane.

The 2017-18 roster also featured freshman guard Lazar Nikolic from Serbia.

The addition of Dombek completes a 2018 freshman recruiting class that already includes guards Elijah Parquet and Denver East’s Daylen Kountz. The open scholarship that remained in reserve for CU head coach Tad Boyle when those two players signed in November was temporarily, if not officially, filled when Tory Miller-Stewart considered returning for a fifth season following a season-ending foot injury after just six games. However, Miller-Stewart ultimately opted to transfer elsewhere to play his final season as a graduate transfer.

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20 Responses to “Colorado Basketball”

  1. VKBerlin

    Sooooooooooooo

    Pac 12
    12 teams
    Play each team home and away.

    2X11 = 22

    Sooooooooooooo

    splain why 20 conference games solve the supposed problem of not playing everyone home and away.

    Codger math.

  2. ATL Buff

    Lazar Nikolic, Tad Boyle’s first one and done…sort of.

  3. Marcus

    While the timing for Gatling may have worked out as “the trade” for Nikolic, I see Jakub Dombek as the “European Big Man” trade for Lazar Nikolic and Gatling (along with the new freshmen guards signed)as more of a replacement for King and Dom. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

  4. Bufftrax

    Highlight films can be deceiving, however if what Shane Gatling displays on his highlight film reflects equally well during game time, Tad may have found a gem… as he did with Derrick White.

    The problem can also be, that highlight films don’t show any downside. Hmmmmmmm

    Just like VK…. I’m “Hopin’ and Prayin.”

    GO BIG BUFFS

  5. ep

    no one has called him the “Gatling Gun” yet?

  6. VKBerlin

    Spring time in the Rockies is a beautiful almost magical time/place. And it certainly emulates CU Sports. Ya just never know!

    Wow one senior(Wright) next year. And he is a transfer from Missouri.

    Where have all the seniors gone? What happened to the the 2015 recruiting class? Look it up.

    Buffs

    http://www.buffzone.com/portlet/article/html/imageDisplay.jsp?contentItemRelationshipId=8308722

    • 96Buff

      Interesting comments over at BuffZone from MAC player of the year Fletcher about his time at CU:

      “”I was looking for a place to play where I wouldn’t be looking over my shoulder to come out if I made a mistake,” Fletcher said. “I didn’t want to set limits on myself. Unfortunately it didn’t end the way I wanted to with my knee hurt getting at the end… but I thought a breath of fresh air would be good for me. I just felt like in the (CU) coaching staff’s mind I was a certain type of player, but I knew I was a better player than they thought I was. I knew I could do more than they were allowing me to.”

      Not only recruiting misses but transfers was the reason for Tad’s thin upper-class last year and this year. Looks like Fletcher gave some insight on why 3/4 of his class decided to leave.

      • VKBerlin

        Tad treated him the worst in that way. Also Fletch get hot badtad would pull him.

        Tad still does that goofy stuff.

  7. 96 Buff

    Upside. Needs weight room. Big adjustment to the NCAA Div-1 game. Tad says it all. In other words, he won’t be a Nowitzki or Jokic out of the gate. Give the kid some time and he could be a good one if he stays for the duration and works hard.

  8. Bufftrax

    Jakub Dombek can be an immediate force… if what we see in his YouTube highlights is consistent with his all-around play. No need to worry about him gaining weight as he is dominant going to the basket, however that will just be a plus.

    Can’t wait to see him in black and gold…. then, we will have some dominate height on the floor at all times. Kiss-off Arizona, we got what you wanted.

    Go Buffs

    • 96 Buff

      I’ll give him a chance, but give me until after the second week of Pac-12 play combined with a whole non-conference resume before pro-claiming a guy who averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds against unknown competition is deemed an “immediate force.” If he is, great. But we all got burned by Akizilyi who supposedly was a rock-solid 4 year backcourt guy but he was a bust against high level D-1 players.

      • Bufftrax

        Thinkin’ your comments are well founded 96. I’m just impressed with his potential having scrutinized his video…. and, if they didn’t speed up the highlight film, as EP suggests might have happened, I’m hoping he does possess the potential I see in the young man.

        One way or anuther’ he adds height when our other ‘telephone poles’ take a breather…. and we haven’t had that – predominantly – on the floor since Tad has been coach.

        I’m a hopin’ and prayin’ GO BIG BUFFS

        • 96Buff

          I hear ya ‘trax. I had been critical of Tad and staff regarding player development (especially bigs) but was pleasantly surprised on the strides Walton and Siewert made. So adding a young 6-10 guy with upside is a plus for the program.

  9. ep

    almost looks like they sped up the highlite film a bit. If they didnt this kid can run better than any 6’10” guy I have seen

  10. 96Buff

    Can’t argue with a 6-10 guy with upside. I know nothing about his game but it looks like he needs some weight room action before he can be a force in the post..

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