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September 20th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle picks up fourth commitment – 6’5″ guard Javon Ruffin

From the Daily Camera … A large 2021 recruiting class for the Colorado men’s basketball team is nearly complete.

On Saturday, coach Tad Boyle’s program received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 guard Javon Ruffin. A native of New Orleans, Ruffin has been playing with PHH Prep in Phoenix.

Ruffin is the fourth piece of what will be at least five newcomers for the 2021-22 Buffs, replacing this year’s large senior class of McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels, Alex Strating, and Jeriah Horne.

Ruffin’s commitment arrives one week after the Buffs received a commitment from in-state recruit Julian Hammond, a two-sport star at Cherry Creek. The Buffs previously received verbal commitments for the 2021 class from Wyoming 7-footer Lawson Lovering and Washington DC-area guard Quincy Allen, both of whom are ranked as four-star recruits by 247Sports.com.

According to 247Sports.com, Ruffin also received a scholarship offer from one of CU’s Pac-12 rivals, Cal. Currently, 247Sports has the Buffs’ 2021 class ranked 27th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12.

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September 17th

… CU in the Arena … 

Jeff Goodman’s Preseason Top 50: CU in at No. 40

From WatchStadium.com … Now that we have a start date for the college basketball season (Nov. 25), here’s the Updated Preseason Top 50 – which will still have some changes in the coming weeks and months due to waivers, injuries and other issues that will arise.

There’s still plenty of uncertainty, but here’s what we do know: Veteran teams should have a major advantage this season, and that bodes well for Baylor, Villanova and Gonzaga — which are really 1A, 1B and 1C in my rankings.

The biggest surprises just might be Arizona State and Richmond, which both cracked the top 15. Big Blue Nation probably won’t be happy about my placement of the Kentucky Wildcats, but they have just one returnee from this past season, and that’s Keion Brooks and his 4.5 points per game. They can move up if they get Olivier Sarr eligible for this season, but the current roster isn’t worthy of a top-20 ranking.

And without further ado…

From the Pac-12 … 

13. Arizona State
Last Season: 20-11, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (6): SG Rob Edwards* (11.6 ppg), PF Romello White* (transferred to Ole Miss, 10.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg), F Mickey Mitchell* (1.8 ppg), F Khalid Thomas (transferred to Portland State, 2.6 ppg), G Elias Valtonen (Turned pro, 2.6 ppg), F Andre Allen (transferred to Southern)
Starters Back (2): PG Remy Martin (Sr., 19.1 ppg, 4.1 apg), F Kimani Lawrence (Sr., 4.9 ppg)
Other Returners (5): G Alonzo Verge Jr. (Sr., 14.6 ppg), F Taeshon Cherry (Jr., 4.6 ppg), G Jaelen House (Soph., 3.9 ppg), F Jalen Graham (Soph., 3.2 ppg), G Caleb Christopher (Soph., 0.7 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (1): G Holland Woods (Portland State, Jr., 17.7 ppg, 5.2 apg)
Sit-Out Transfers (1): SG Luther Muhammad (Ohio State, Jr., 7.0 ppg)
Add (3): SG Josh Christopher (No. 10), SF Marcus Bagley (No. 34), F Chris Osten

29. UCLA
Last Season: 19-12, 12-6 in Pac-12
Lose (3): G Prince Ali (6.8 ppg), F Shareef O’Neal (Transferred to LSU, 2.2 ppg), F Alex Olesinski (1.3 ppg)
Starters Back (5): G Chris Smith (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), PF Jalen Hill (RS Jr., 9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Soph., 8.9 ppg), PG Tyger Campbell (RS Soph., 8.3 ppg, 5.0 apg), G David Singleton (Jr., 4.1 ppg)
Other Returners (3): PF Cody Riley (RS Jr., 8.8 ppg), G Jules Bernard (Jr., 5.5 ppg), SG Jake Kyman (Soph., 5.3 ppg)
Redshirted (1): PF Kenneth Nwuba (RS Soph.)
Eligible Transfers (1): SG Johnny Juzang (Kentucky, Soph., 2.9 ppg)
Add (1): SF Jaylen Clark

31. Oregon
Last Season: 24-7, 13-5 in Pac-12
Lose (4): PG Payton Pritchard* (20.5 ppg, 5.5 apg), PF Shakur Juiston* (7.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), SG Anthony Mathis (8.5 ppg), F Francis Okoro (Transferred to Saint Louis, 3.3 ppg)
Starters Back (3): G Chris Duarte (Sr., 12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg), G Will Richardson (Jr., 11.0 ppg), F Chandler Lawson (Soph., 4.5 ppg)
Other Returners (3): C N’Faly Dante (Soph., 5.8 ppg), G Addison Patterson (Soph., 4.6 ppg), F C.J. Walker (Soph., 4.0 ppg)
Redshirted (1): F Lok Wur (Fr.)
Eligible Transfers (3): F Eugene Omoruyi (Rutgers, 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), SF Eric Williams (Duquesne, 14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg), G Amauri Hardy (UNLV, Grad, 14.5 ppg)
Potential Sit-Out Transfers (1): F L.J. Figueroa (St. John’s, 14.5 ppg)
Sit-Out Transfers (1): G Aaron Estrada (Saint Peter’s, Soph., 8.1 ppg)
Add (1): PG Jalen Terry (No. 81)

38. Arizona
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (9): PF Zeke Nnaji* (NBA Draft, 16.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg), PG Nico Mannion* (NBA Draft, 14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg), SG Josh Green* (NBA Draft, 12.0 ppg), SF Dylan Smith* (8.6 ppg), PF Stone Gettings* (6.6 ppg), C Chase Jeter (6.5 ppg), G Max Hazzard (5.3 ppg), G Devonaire Doutrive (Transferred to Boise State, 6.3 ppg – 3 games), G Brandon Williams (DNP – Injury, 11.4 in 2018-19)
Starters Back: None
Other Returners (3): G Jemarl Baker Jr. (RS Jr., 5.7 ppg), PF Ira Lee (Sr., 3.3 ppg), C Christian Koloko (Soph., 2.3 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (3): PF Jordan Brown (Nevada, 3.0 ppg), PG James Akinjo (Soph., Georgetown, 13.4 ppg), G Terrell Brown (Seattle, Grad, 20.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.9 apg)
Add (7): SF Dalen Terry (No. 56), PF Azuolas Tubelis (Lithuania), Tautvilas Tubelis (Lithuania), SG Ben Mathurin, PG Kerr Kriisa (Lithuania), PF Daniel Batcho (France), SF Tibet Gorener

40. Colorado
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (5): G Tyler Bey* (NBA Draft, 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg), G Shane Gatling* (6.5 ppg), F Lucas Siewert (7.7 ppg), G Daylen Kountz (transferred to Northern Colorado, 3.0 ppg), F Jakub Dombek (Transferred to Hartford, 0.8 ppg – 4 games)
Starters Back (3): PG McKinley Wright IV (Sr., 14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg), F D’Shawn Schwartz (Sr., 9.8 ppg), PF Evan Battey (Jr., 8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg),
Other Returners (4): G Maddox Daniels (Sr., 3.2 ppg), G Eli Parquet (Jr., 2.6 ppg), C Dallas Walton (Sr., 1.6 ppg), F Alexander Strating (Sr., 0.3 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (1): F Jeriah Horne (Tulsa, Grad, 11.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
Add (4): G Dominique Clifford, G Luke O’Brien, F Jabari Walker, F Tristan da Silva

44. USC
Last Season: 22-9, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (8): C Onyeka Okongwu* (NBA Draft, 16.2 ppg), G Jonah Mathews* (13.4 ppg), PF Nick Rakocevic* (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg), G Daniel Utomi* (8.2 ppg), G Elijah Weaver (Transferred, 6.6 ppg), G Kyle Sturdivant (Transferred to Georgia Tech, 2.0 ppg), G Quinton Adlesh (1.9 ppg), SG Charles O’Bannon (transferred to TCU, 0.7 ppg – 3 games)
Starters Back (1): PG Ethan Anderson (Soph., 5.5 ppg)
Other Returners (2): PF Isaiah Mobley (Soph., 6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Max Agbonkpolo (Soph., 2.5 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (4): SG Noah Baumann (San Jose State, Jr., 10.8 ppg), G Tahj Eaddy (Santa Clara, Grad, 9.1 ppg), F Chevez Goodwin (Wofford, Grad, 11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg), F Isaiah White (Utah Valley, Grad, 14.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Sit-Out Transfers (2): G Drew Peterson (Rice, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), C Joshua Morgan (Long Beach State, Soph., 8.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
Add (2): C Evan Mobley (No. 2), C Boubacar Coulibaly

50. Stanford
Last Season: 20-12, 9-9 in Pac-12
Lose (4): G Tyrell Terry* (NBA Draft, 14.6 ppg), G Isaac White (transferred to Cal Baptist, 4.2 ppg), F Kodye Pugh (transferred to Loyola Marymount, DNP), G Rodney Herenton (0.2 ppg)
Starters Back (4): F Oscar da Silva (Sr., 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), F Spencer Jones (Soph., 8.8 ppg), G Daejon Davis (Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.7 apg), SG Bryce Wills (Jr., 7.8 ppg)
Other Returners (4): F Jaiden Delaire (Jr., 6.1 ppg), C Lukas Kisunas (Jr., 2.4 ppg), F James Keefe (Soph., 2.2 ppg), F Keenan Fitzmorris (RS Soph., 0.5 ppg)
Add (4): SF Ziaire Williams (No. 7), SG Noah Taitz (No. 93), PF Max Murrell, SF Brandon Angel

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September 16th

… CU in the Arena … 

NCAA: Season can start Thanksgiving weekend (practices as early as October 14th)

From CBS Sports … The NCAA’s Division I Council voted Wednesday to begin the 2020-21 college basketball season on Nov. 25, sources told CBS Sports.

The highly anticipated decision comes five days after the women’s and men’s basketball oversight committees submitted joint recommendations to start on Nov. 21. But the Council wields the autonomy to make amendments to official proposals and in this case decided the day before Thanksgiving was most proper.

The decision also throws a wrench into nonconference scheduling, as nearly a dozen multi-team events — including the lauded Maui Invitational — were scheduled to begin Nov. 23.

With the start date being Nov. 25 that means full-blown practices can start, per NCAA rules, 42 days prior. That equates to Oct. 14 serving as the start of college basketball’s preseason.

Recruiting was also discussed on Wednesday and a long-term decision was made. The in-person dead period (meaning no visits) has been extended until Jan 1. Also of interest to coaches: the Council agreed to up the amount of countable athletically related activities (CARA) from eight to 12 hours per week. That will go into effect Monday.

There will be no scrimmages or exhibitions allowed in the preseason, either.

Continue reading story here

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September 13th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs pick up a commitment from Julian Hammond, a three-star dual-sport point guard 

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado men’s basketball program has landed yet another in-state recruit.

On Saturday night, Cherry Creek dual-sport star Julian Hammond (Rivals bio) announced his verbal commitment to join coach Tad Boyle’s club as part of the 2021 class. Hammond joins a class that already has received commitments from a pair of four-star recruits in Wyoming 7-footer Lawson Lovering and Washington DC prospect Quincy Allen.

Also a standout football player at Cherry Creek, Hammond averaged 21.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 21 games for the Bruins last season, according to the team’s statistics on MaxPreps.com. He shot .504 overall from the field with a .414 mark (46-for-111) on 3-pointers.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hammond has been recruited by the Buffs since his freshman season and fills the third of at least five open scholarships for CU in 2021, taking a spot from 2020-21 seniors McKinley Wright IV, D’Shawn Schwartz, Maddox Daniels, Alex Strating, and Jeriah Horne.

Through the commitments of Lovering and Allen, and albeit with plenty of time remaining in the 2021 recruiting cycle, CU’s 2021 class currently is ranked 25th in the nation by 247Sports.com while ranking third in the Pac-12 Conference behind USC and UCLA.

Hammond’s commitment also continues a habit of the CU program under Boyle of landing the top recruits out of Colorado. That list includes former CU players Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Xavier Talton, Derrick White, and Dominique Collier in addition to current Buffs like Schwartz, Dallas Walton, Dominique Clifford, and Luke O’Brien. CU also landed former Denver East star Daylen Kountz, who transferred to Northern Colorado during this past offseason.

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August 31st 

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle on playing before January 1st: “I’m going to hope for the best and prepare for the worst”

From the Daily Camera … Certainly Tad Boyle is excited about the prospects of the Pac-12 Conference backing off its Jan. 1 re-start date for men’s and women’s basketball.

Yet until speculation becomes reality, Boyle plans to approach the fall the same way he has dealt with his sport’s uncertainty since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic robbed the Buffaloes of a likely NCAA Tournament appearance in March: One day at a time.

This past week, CBS Sports reported the NCAA is considering three separate delayed-start dates for the college basketball season. Likewise, the San Jose Mercury News reported the Pac-12 is at least mulling the idea of pulling back from the delay in athletic competition, at least for basketball.

“My whole thing with this whole situation is that I’m going to wait and see,” Boyle said. “I’m going to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. That’s what I talk about all the time with our players, and that’s how I have to approach it as a coach.

“We’re hoping that we can play college basketball. I think any coach and any player would rather do it sooner than later. But we also have to prepare for the fact it may not happen until January first. I’m just getting up each day and doing what I can do to get our program better and move forward.”

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August 27th

… CU in the Arena …

Pac-12 could reconsider January 1st start date if conditions allow

From the San Jose Mercury News … The Pac-12 will re-evaluate its decision to postpone the basketball season until 2021 if favorable circumstances unfold inside NCAA headquarters and on the campuses, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the conference’s plans.

The presidents and chancellors surprised many industry officials — and their own head coaches — by combining a decision on the basketball calendar with their Aug. 11 vote to shut down football and other fall sports until Jan. 1 (at the earliest) because of coronavirus concerns.

The Pac-12 and Ivy League are the only conferences to have formally pushed basketball into next year.

Others are expected to follow in coming weeks, but the length of postponements across major college basketball will depend, to a large extent, on decisions made at the national level.

CBS Sports reported earlier this week that the NCAA is mulling four start dates for the regular season — all of them in 2020.

“If the (start) is moved closer to January, we would re-evaluate,” said a source familiar with the presidents’ thinking.

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Tristan da Silva joins the CU “family”

From the Daily Camera … Despite the forgettable finish, there were plenty of memorable moments during the 2019-20 men’s basketball season at Colorado, from D’Shawn Schwartz’s overtime buzzer-beater that knocked off Dayton to an exciting win against fourth-ranked Oregon in the Pac-12 opener that stoked the expectations of Buffs fans.

Beyond the big wins, however, the season’s most indelible moment started as a frightening one.

Early in the second half of a home win against Stanford on Feb. 8, CU’s Evan Battey took advantage of a fast-break chance by hurling his 6-foot-8, 262-pound frame at the basket. Standing in his way was 6-foot-9, 225-pound Cardinal star Oscar da Silva.

The collision was violent, and da Silva got the worst of it. An emotional Battey extracted himself from the prone da Silva as the CU Events Center fell into nervous silence.

Few in the arena knew it at the time, but half a world away da Silva’s younger brother, Tristan, was watching the game while mulling the idea of committing to coach Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes. Had the aftermath of a tense situation gone sideways, perhaps it might have affected CU’s incoming freshman class. Instead, the stirring aftermath in which both teams huddled together at midcourt before resuming play only reassured Tristan da Silva he was on the right path with his interest in CU.

“I was actually watching that game live,” Tristan da Silva said. “When I saw that injury, I was shocked. Once I saw him walk out of the gym I knew he’d be OK, so I wasn’t worried about that. But then he told me about the things that happened after the incident between him and Evan, and that really kind of showed me how genuine and how nice the people here are.

“Evan, throughout the game, kept playing with tears in his eyes. How was able to make that happen, I don’t know how. He met with my brother and (Battey’s) mom and was so sorry about the whole thing. Of course it wasn’t intentional, but he started breaking down in front of my brother. That showed me how big of a family Colorado is and how nice the people here are.”

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August 24th 

… CU in the Arena … 

Dallas Walton: “One thing is for sure — we want to play”

From CUBuffs.com … Like almost everyone else who wasn’t on the inside of the decision-making process, Colorado senior Dallas Walton was shocked when the Pac-12 recently grouped basketball in with fall sports in the decision to cancel all competition until at least Jan. 1.

Under normal circumstances, the college basketball schedule doesn’t start until November — roughly three months away from when the Pac-12 made the call.

But now, no Pac-12 sports will be played until at least 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We knew that football would probably be affected but we weren’t anticipating ourselves to be affected,” the CU 7-footer said last week. “It was something that we had to take in and adjust to, just like everybody has been adjusting to things all year. There was some disappointment for sure, but we just have to stay ready, which is mainly our goal.”

Walton isn’t the only Buff to profess his surprise publicly. Just a few days after the decision was announced, CU men’s head coach Tad Boyle expressed “shock and disbelief” in the decision. Boyle was especially critical of the timing of the Pac-12’s move, noting that there were still several months ahead during which officials could have gauged pandemic activity.

But now that the Buffs have had a little time to digest the decision, they plan on doing the only thing they can do — continue to prepare for the season, whenever it may start.

“I know that one thing is for sure — we want to play,” Walton said. “What that looks like, we don’t know right now. I know there are a lot of ideas and solutions being thrown around. But as far as we know, we’re preparing for a season whether that comes all of a sudden in December or January. We just need to stay ready, which is what Coach Boyle’s been talking to us about and what all of our coaching staff has really emphasized to us. However that looks, we don’t know — but we’ll be ready.”

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August 18th

… CU in the Arena … 

Decision on NCAA basketball 2020-21 “by mid-September”

From YardBarker.com … It appears the public could learn the fate of the 2020-21 college basketball season within a month.

Via an official statement, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said:

“As we prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season, we have exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and making decisions regarding the season. We have learned a great deal over the course of the summer, and with health and safety being our priority, we have developed and studied contingency plans for alternatives to the scheduled Nov. 10 start date.

“In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalizing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I Council for the start of the college basketball season. By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.

“We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships. While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience.”

Last week, Gavitt explained that the NCAA is currently planning for March Madness basketball and a 2021 NCAA Tournament.

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August 17th

… CU in the Arena … 

Evan Battey selected to inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player Development Coalition

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado junior forward Evan Battey has been selected to the inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player Development Coalition, the organization announced on Monday.

The NABC Player Development Coalition is a diverse collection of Division I men’s basketball student-athletes that will provide valuable perspective and feedback on college basketball issues.

Battey, a native of View Park, Calif., has been active in student-athlete affairs during his first three years in Boulder. Last winter, he was picked as one of two CU student-athletes to serve on the Pac-12 Conference’s Mental Health Task Force.

Battey, who has averaged 8.5 points and 5.1 rebounds over two seasons for the Buffaloes, is honored to be part of the initial Player Development Coalition.

“It’s a special group of talented players,” Battey said. “We hope to be the bridge between basketball student-athletes and the NCAA. One of the focal points of the group is that there’s not enough college basketball players active in SAAC’s (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) at their schools. It’s up to our group to make sure our voices are heard.”

In addition to creating a vehicle for student-athletes to address current issues, the Player Development Coalition will also provide members with numerous professional and personal development experiences. The coalition will meet quarterly – the first of which occurred last week – and have regular opportunities to address the NABC Board of Directors and NCAA committees.

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August 16th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle: “We have to think outside the box”

From the Daily Camera … It wasn’t just Tad Boyle — he of the “shock and disbelief” reaction — who was stunned this past week’s announcement by the Pac-12 Conference postponing fall sports included a basketball hiatus until at least Jan. 1.

After his Wednesday virtual press conference in which “shock and disbelief” was Boyle’s personal theme, the 11-year Colorado head coach discussed with BuffZone some of the hurdles facing his beloved sport. This time, the theme was competitive equity, or perhaps inequity this year, and the need for original ideas.

“We have to think outside the box,” Boyle said. “Because the traditional season is not going to happen. We know that. There’s a lot of moving parts. You’ve got the pandemic that’s fluid. You’ve got testing that’s continuing to evolve and change. Health and safety is the number one thing, but everyone in the country is kind of operating from that standpoint. So I don’t think we’re any different. It’s just figuring out how to make it happen.”

Too often over the past few months, whatever plans being cobbled together in an attempt to field a college football season were done so with an eye on resuming business as usual, with little concession to the reality that business as usual simply can’t be part of the equation in 2020.

“We have to understand this is about opportunities for student-athletes,” Boyle said. “This isn’t about what’s fair or what’s not fair. This virus isn’t fair. We never know where it’s coming from or necessarily where it’s going to go. But the people that have been able to stay out of harm’s way — and if you’re a student-athlete, and you’re able to compete safely — you should be able to do that. If that means half of a conference, or half of a league, or half of the country can do it and the other half can’t, that’s the way it is. That’s just my humble opinion. I don’t want to take away opportunities for student-athletes because other student-athletes aren’t able to compete.

“I feel bad for the ones who can’t compete. But let’s not punish the ones that can. I want everybody to be able to compete. But this year, maybe everybody can’t compete.”

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August 15th

… CU in the Arena … 

Pac-12 basketball looking at January options (including men’s and women’s teams traveling together)

From the San Jose Mercury News … The Pac-12 did more than cancel the 2020 football season Tuesday; it shuttered competition in all sports for the calendar year.

That includes college basketball.

UCLA in the Wooden Legacy tournament? Not anymore.

Arizona in the NIT Tip-Off? Nope.

Utah in the Bahamas? Washington State and Arizona State in Honolulu? No, no and no.

The Pac-12 won’t play non-conference games in November or December. It won’t play any games, anywhere, anytime until January 2021, at the earliest.

… It looks like the conference doesn’t care as much as its peers.

It looks like there’s no will to plow forward.

“It looks like we’re disorganized,’’ Arizona coach Sean Miller told the Hotline on Wednesday.

“But that’s not the case.”

It’s not the case at all.

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August 11th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle “surprised” that basketball has been postponed until January 1st

Related … “Pac-12 postpones all sports through end of year” … from ESPN

From the Daily Camera … In March, when the onset of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 indeed was a novel concept, the Colorado men’s basketball team suffered a tremendous gut-punch when the cancellation of postseason play robbed coach Tad Boyle’s program of an opportunity to return to the NCAA Tournament.

Five months later, the Buffs’ hoopsters still are feeling the sting of the global pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Pac-12 Conference made its expected announcement to shelve the 2020 football season, along with the entire fall sports slate, until at least Jan. 1. Yet unlike other FBS-level leagues that have postponed the 2020 fall sports season — as of Tuesday afternoon, that included the Mountain West, Mid-American, and Big Ten — the Pac-12 opted to take matters one step further, postponing all athletic competitions until at last Jan. 1.

While Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott stopped short of declaring the 2020-21 season a conference-only affair, unless the NCAA eventually revamps the entire basketball calendar, that likely is the fate awaiting Boyle’s club as well as the CU women’s basketball team.

… The decision erases from the schedule one of the most anticipated basketball games in years at the CU Events Center on Dec. 22 against Kansas. Also off the docket is the Buffs’ appearance in the first Pac-12 Coast to Coast Challenge on Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, where CU was set to play TCU. The Buffs also were supposed to play Colorado State and Pepperdine at home in addition to making a November trip to Florida for the Fort Myers Tip-off. CU was to open that tournament against South Florida before facing either Wisconsin or Butler.

… “I wasn’t really planning on playing a true nonconference this year. I really felt like we were going to trend toward a conference-only season,” Boyle said. “I’m not surprised in that sense. And we can still do that starting January 1. What I was surprised with was coming out and making a decision in August about something that could possibly happen in November.”

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August 5th

… CU in the Arena … 

McKinley Wright discusses his decision to return: “I asked for the negatives for where to improve my game”

From the Daily Camera … McKinley Wright IV admitted the decision wasn’t as easy as it might have appeared on the surface.

Late last week, Colorado’s standout point guard made his return to the Buffaloes for his senior season official, announcing his return to CU after testing his options for the NBA draft. The fact that Wright’s name generally has not appeared on 2020 mock drafts was the least of the factors pulling him back to Boulder.

… Wright described a pre-draft process that, during this particular summer, was held entirely virtually, with teams arranging interviews through Wright’s NCAA-approved agent. As for the feedback CU’s point guard received, the talking points for making a mark at the next level were the most expected ones — improving his 3-point shooting, as well as his assist-to-turnover ratio.

“I did a lot of interviews and got tons of feedback from the positives, and I asked for the negatives for where to improve my game to play at the next level. And last at the next level,” Wright said. “A lot of teams gave me great feedback of what I do well in transition, stuff off the ball screen that I do well and my competitiveness and my defensive intangibles that I use to my advantage. A lot of stuff like that. Areas to improve are my assist-to-turnover ratio and shooting the 3-ball more consistent. That was my two areas NBA teams told me I had to improve to boost my stock.”

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August 4th

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With McKinley Wright returning, CU considered one of the top teams in the nation

From Jeff Goodman at The Stadium … With the Aug. 3 NCAA withdrawal deadline in the rear view, here’s the Updated Preseason Top 50 – which will still have some changes in the coming weeks and months due to the uncertainty with college basketball.

But here’s what we do know: Veteran teams should have a major advantage this season, and that bodes well for Baylor, Villanova and Gonzaga — which are really 1A, 1B and 1C in my rankings.

The biggest surprises just might be Arizona State and Richmond, which both cracked the top 15. Big Blue Nation probably won’t be happy about my placement of the Kentucky Wildcats, but they have just one returnee from this past season, and that’s Keion Brooks and his 4.5 points per game. They can move up if they get Olivier Sarr eligible for this season, but the current roster isn’t worthy of a top-20 ranking.

From the Pac-12 … 

13. Arizona State
Last Season: 20-11, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (6): SG Rob Edwards* (11.6 ppg), PF Romello White* (transferred to Ole Miss, 10.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg), F Mickey Mitchell* (1.8 ppg), F Khalid Thomas (transferred to Portland State, 2.6 ppg), G Elias Valtonen (Turned pro, 2.6 ppg), F Andre Allen (transferred to Southern)
Starters Back (2): PG Remy Martin (Sr., 19.1 ppg, 4.1 apg), F Kimani Lawrence (Sr., 4.9 ppg)
Other Returners (5): G Alonzo Verge Jr. (Sr., 14.6 ppg), F Taeshon Cherry (Jr., 4.6 ppg), G Jaelen House (Soph., 3.9 ppg), F Jalen Graham (Soph., 3.2 ppg), G Caleb Christopher (Soph., 0.7 ppg)
Potential Sit-Out Transfers (2): SG Luther Muhammad (Ohio State, Jr., 7.0 ppg), G Holland Woods (Portland State, Jr., 17.7 ppg, 5.2 apg),
Add (3): SG Josh Christopher (No. 10), SF Marcus Bagley (No. 34), F Chris Osten

27. UCLA
Last Season: 19-12, 12-6 in Pac-12
Lose (3): G Prince Ali (6.8 ppg), F Shareef O’Neal (Transferred to LSU, 2.2 ppg), F Alex Olesinski (1.3 ppg)
Starters Back (5): G Chris Smith (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), PF Jalen Hill (RS Jr., 9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Soph., 8.9 ppg), PG Tyger Campbell (RS Soph., 8.3 ppg, 5.0 apg), G David Singleton (Jr., 4.1 ppg)
Other Returners (3): PF Cody Riley (RS Jr., 8.8 ppg), G Jules Bernard (Jr., 5.5 ppg), SG Jake Kyman (Soph., 5.3 ppg)
Redshirted (1): PF Kenneth Nwuba (RS Soph.)
Eligible Transfers (1): SG Johnny Juzang (Kentucky, Soph., 2.9 ppg)
Add (1): SF Jaylen Clark

30. Oregon
Last Season: 24-7, 13-5 in Pac-12
Lose (4): PG Payton Pritchard* (20.5 ppg, 5.5 apg), PF Shakur Juiston* (7.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg), SG Anthony Mathis (8.5 ppg), F Francis Okoro (Transferred, 3.3 ppg)
Starters Back (3): G Chris Duarte (Sr., 12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg), G Will Richardson (Jr., 11.0 ppg), F Chandler Lawson (Soph., 4.5 ppg)
Other Returners (3): C N’Faly Dante (Soph., 5.8 ppg), G Addison Patterson (Soph., 4.6 ppg), F C.J. Walker (Soph., 4.0 ppg)
Redshirted (1): F Lok Wur (Fr.)
Eligible Transfers (3): F Eugene Omoruyi (Rutgers, 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), SF Eric Williams (Duquesne, 14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg), G Amauri Hardy (UNLV, Grad, 14.5 ppg)
Potential Sit-Out Transfers (2): F L.J. Figueroa (St. John’s, 14.5 ppg), G Aaron Estrada (Saint Peter’s, Soph., 8.1 ppg)
Add (1): PG Jalen Terry (No. 81)

37. Arizona
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (8): PF Zeke Nnaji* (NBA Draft, 16.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg), PG Nico Mannion* (NBA Draft, 14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg), SG Josh Green* (NBA Draft, 12.0 ppg), SF Dylan Smith* (8.6 ppg), PF Stone Gettings* (6.6 ppg), C Chase Jeter (6.5 ppg), G Max Hazzard (5.3 ppg), G Devonaire Doutrive (Transferred to Boise State, 6.3 ppg – 3 games)
Starters Back: None
Other Returners (3): G Jemarl Baker Jr. (RS Jr., 5.7 ppg), PF Ira Lee (Sr., 3.3 ppg), C Christian Koloko (Soph., 2.3 ppg)
Redshirted (1): G Brandon Williams (DNP – Injury, 11.4 in 2018-19)
Eligible Transfers (3): PF Jordan Brown (Nevada, 3.0 ppg), PG James Akinjo (Soph., Georgetown, 13.4 ppg), G Terrell Brown (Seattle, Grad, 20.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.9 apg)
Add (7): SF Dalen Terry (No. 56), PF Azuolas Tubelis (Lithuania), Tautvilas Tubelis (Lithuania), SG Ben Mathurin, PG Kerr Kriisa (Lithuania), PF Daniel Batcho (France), SF Tibet Gorener

39. Colorado
Last Season: 21-11, 10-8 in Pac-12
Lose (5): G Tyler Bey* (NBA Draft, 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg), G Shane Gatling* (6.5 ppg), F Lucas Siewert (7.7 ppg), G Daylen Kountz (transferred to Northern Colorado, 3.0 ppg), F Jakub Dombek (Transferred, 0.8 ppg – 4 games)
Starters Back (3): PG McKinley Wright IV (Sr., 14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg), F D’Shawn Schwartz (Sr., 9.8 ppg), PF Evan Battey (Jr., 8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg),
Other Returners (4): G Maddox Daniels (Sr., 3.2 ppg), G Eli Parquet (Jr., 2.6 ppg), C Dallas Walton (Sr., 1.6 ppg), F Alexander Strating (Sr., 0.3 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (1): F Jeriah Horne (Tulsa, Grad, 11.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
Add (4): G Dominique Clifford, G Luke O’Brien, F Jabari Walker, F Tristan da Silva

45. USC
Last Season: 22-9, 11-7 in Pac-12
Lose (8): C Onyeka Okongwu* (NBA Draft, 16.2 ppg), G Jonah Mathews* (13.4 ppg), PF Nick Rakocevic* (10.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg), G Daniel Utomi* (8.2 ppg), G Elijah Weaver (Transferred, 6.6 ppg), G Kyle Sturdivant (Transferred to Georgia Tech, 2.0 ppg), G Quinton Adlesh (1.9 ppg), SG Charles O’Bannon (transferred to TCU, 0.7 ppg – 3 games)
Starters Back (1): PG Ethan Anderson (Soph., 5.5 ppg)
Other Returners (2): PF Isaiah Mobley (Soph., 6.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Max Agbonkpolo (Soph., 2.5 ppg)
Eligible Transfers (4): SG Noah Baumann (San Jose State, Jr., 10.8 ppg), G Tahj Eaddy (Santa Clara, Grad, 9.1 ppg), F Chevez Goodwin (Wofford, Grad, 11.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg), F Isaiah White (Utah Valley, Grad, 14.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
Potential Sit-Out Transfers (2): G Drew Peterson (Rice, Jr., 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg), C Joshua Morgan (Long Beach State, Soph., 8.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
Add (2): C Evan Mobley (No. 2), C Boubacar Coulibaly

50. Stanford
Last Season: 20-12, 9-9 in Pac-12
Lose (4): G Tyrell Terry (NBA Draft, 14.6 ppg), G Isaac White (transferred to Cal Baptist, 4.2 ppg), F Kodye Pugh (transferred to Loyola Marymount, DNP), G Rodney Herenton (0.2 ppg)
Starters Back (4): F Oscar da Silva (Sr., 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), F Spencer Jones (Soph., 8.8 ppg), G Daejon Davis (Sr., 8.8 ppg, 3.7 apg), SG Bryce Wills (Jr., 7.8 ppg)
Other Returners (4): F Jaiden Delaire (Jr., 6.1 ppg), C Lukas Kisunas (Jr., 2.4 ppg), F James Keefe (Soph., 2.2 ppg), F Keenan Fitzmorris (RS Soph., 0.5 ppg)
Add (4): SF Ziaire Williams (No. 7), SG Noah Taitz (No. 93), PF Max Murrell, SF Brandon Angel

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August 1st

… CU in the Arena … 

McKinley Wright withdraws his name from NBA Draft, to return for senior season

Confirmed! … McKinley Wright tweet: I’m back … one last run… let’s get it BUFFNATION”

From the Daily Camera … It appears McKinley Wright IV is gearing up to play his senior season with the Colorado Buffaloes.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Friday that Wright will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to school.

CU has not confirmed that Wright will return, but it has been expected that the All-Pac-12 point guard would play with the Buffaloes next season.

In March, forward Tyler Bey and Wright both announced they would go through the pre-draft process and explore the option of turning pro. Bey, a projected second-round pick by several outlets, is expected to remain in the draft pool. Originally scheduled for June 26, the two-round draft has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.

Most mock drafts do not project Wright as being selected. He could, however, be a Player of the Year candidate in the Pac-12 next season.

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July 26th

… CU in the Arena … 

Quincy Allen content with his commitment: “I just felt like it was the best fit for me and my family”

From the Daily Camera … Two weeks ago, the Buffs shocked the recruiting trail by landing a verbal commitment from Quincy Allen, a 6-foot-7 small forward prospect out of Washington D.C. ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com. That site also ranks Allen as the No. 57 prospect in the nation for the 2021 class, and Allen credited the influence of Coleman — who even doubled back after the job change this spring to reassure Allen that CU was the best fit for him — for driving the Buffs’ big recruiting coup.

It’s not often the Buffs land an east coast recruit who also had offers on the table from programs like UConn, Georgetown, Michigan, Syracuse, and Marquette, among dozens of others.

… “I definitely believe the style in the Pac-12 really complements my game, and coach Boyle really does a great job of coaching his players, and I really love his style of play and how he runs the offense.”

… “Me and Lawson (Lovering) talked the other week and he told me he’s excited to play with me, and I said it right back to him,” Allen said. “It’s important to click with them early on so it’s not a problem. From the jump, Colorado was No. 1 on my list. When I came on my visit I really felt like the community in Boulder really embraced me and I felt really welcome. I just felt like that was the best fit for me and my family.”

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July 24th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs back at practice; using “functional groups”

From the Daily Camera … On Monday, coach Tad Boyle and his players returned to the practice court in small groups, and with a very limited time allotment for official workouts. Yet after being sidelined since March, it was a welcome return to at least a small semblance of normalcy.

“We’re using what they call functional groups. We’re in smaller groups. It’s been really good,” Boyle said. “Given what everybody has been through the last four or five months — mentally, emotionally and socially—anybody who takes for granted just the ability to get into a gym is crazy. That’s something our players have been asking about pretty much all summer. ‘Coach, when can we get in the gym?’ Obviously on June 15 they were able to do it on their own from a voluntary standpoint. July 20 was the first day the NCAA allowed us to be in there with them and have summer access.”

Boyle and his staff, including new assistant coach Rick Ray, are allowed eight hours per week of supervised instruction with the team, and Boyle said the Buffs are dividing that time between the weight room and on-court drills.

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July 17th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU Recruiting Class No. 6 in the nation with addition of 4-star forward Quincy Allen

According to 247Sports.com rankings, Allen’s rating of 0.9802 is the second-best for a CU recruit in recent history, just behind 2012 power forward Josh Scott (0.9810). Lovering’s rating of 0.9783 ranks third

From the Daily Camera … It’s early, but coach Tad Boyle’s 2021 recruiting class has the potential to be his best yet at Colorado.

On Friday, Quincy Allen, a four-star small forward from Maret School in Washington, D.C., gave his verbal commitment to CU.

Allen joins Lawson Lovering, another four-star recruit, on CU’s commitment list. With those two on board, CU’s 2021 class currently ranks No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-12 by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.

“I’ve enjoyed the recruiting process and would like to thank each and every university for their time and efforts,” Allen said in a video he posted on Twitter. “However, I can only choose one. After careful consideration  and talking with my family, I’ve decided to continue my academic and athletic journey at the University of Colorado.”

Allen, listed at 6-foot-7, is ranked by Rivals.com at No. 52 among all prospects nationally and he’s rated as the top player in the D.C. area. Allen is ranked No. 57 overall by 247Sports.com. Both Rivals and 247Sports list him as a top-10 small forward in the class.

Allen is teaming up with Lovering a 7-foot center from Cheyenne who ranks No. 54 overall nationally by 247Sports and Rivals.

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July 13th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU commit Lawson Lovering: “I’ve just got to prepare and sharpen my skills before I get there”

From the Daily Camera … Lawson Lovering committed to the Buffs last fall and, much like his own personal steady growth, he has enjoyed a gradual rise on the recruiting charts as well. Last month, Lovering was elevated from a three-star prospect to a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com. His commitment from the Buffs has so far kept other suitors at bay, despite the recruiting promotion — “Once I committed, every college coach I talked to before that disappeared,” he said — allowing Lawson to focus solely on his training this summer.

While the AAU circuit has been scuttled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawson’s day typically begins with basketball workouts at his local gym. Later in the day, it’s weight work at home, looking to add bulk to his 220-pound frame while understanding the rigors of post play in the Pac-12 will be a much different challenge.

According to 247Sports.com, Lovering also received offers from San Diego State, Baylor, Boise State, Colorado State, and Wyoming.

“I’m kind of just doing stuff on my own. I’m just trying to work on my shooting, my ball-handling, my post moves. Just the basic stuff,” Lovering said. “All the moves I need to use in my game. And weight training at my house. It’s kind of hard to get into an actual (weight) gym right now. I’m in the gym a couple hours a day and getting work in. I’ve been working out every day. That’s how I’ve been keeping busy.

“I think I need to improve my strength significantly. I think I need to get a little stronger so I can hold up down low against other big guys, because I know college is going to be a lot more physical than high school. I’ve just got to prepare and sharpen up my skills before I get there.”

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July 4th – Happy Fourth of July!

… CU in the Arena … 

Former Buff Spencer Dinwiddie sparks controversy by calling attention to the national deficit

From Fee.org … The NBA is considering allowing players to use personalized statements on jerseys to promote social justice causes. The season, which has been halted due to the coronavirus, is expected to restart July 30 in Orlando, Florida.

Jerseys are expected to carry statements such as “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” which have become popular at protests and political rallies in recent years following the high-profile deaths of young black men such as Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and most recently George Floyd.

Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets already has a message in mind, though it’s a different kind of social statement.

“If you’re wondering what I’m gonna put on the back of my jersey it’ll be ‘Trillion,” Dinwiddie tweeted. “A lot of issues at the moment. I think the fact that the country is 26 (ironically) Trillion dollars in debt is high on the list.” (Dinwiddie sports #26 on his jersey.)

Dinwiddie’s comments were correct—the national debt is $26.3 trillion—but also remarkable. The NBA point guard is only 27, after all. Only “boomers” are supposed to worry about things like the national debt, especially in light of recent police injustices, such as the death of George Floyd.

Dinwiddie’s tweet caused a big enough stir—some were unhappy he was not choosing a statement that acknowledged racial injustice— that he felt compelled to elaborate on his cause.

Woke up at 4am to see that I’m getting lit up in the comments for talking about the Global Debt. Comments ranging from massive amounts of debt are good (which I disagree with), to its not personal debt (obviously), to its a waste of a platform, amongst others …

To those I question, what is the purpose of putting a social issue on the back of the jersey? To inspire change right? Considering that nobody opts out of the complete global financial system and the USA weaponized the dollar that means you need leverage within the system.

In my opinion like it or not, change for us comes down to Group economics. Rethinking how we approach finances. Acquiring hard assets. Recycling dollars etc. Til then the slow burn of marches/protests will produce progress but will still yield similar results…

People are free to criticize. But Dinwiddie, a bitcoin investor, is correct that the national debt is a serious social cause—especially for the young—and one that receives precious little attention.

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June 30th

… CU in the Arena … 

Mark Johnson interview with new assistant coach Rick Ray

From BuffsTV …

 

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June 26th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle names former Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray as new assistant

From CUBuffs.com … Former Mississippi State and Southeast Missouri State head coach Rick Ray has been named an assistant coach for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team head coach Tad Boyle announced on Friday.

Ray replaces Anthony Coleman and will officially begin his duties mid-July.

Ray has 23 years of experience coaching at the NCAA Division I level, the last eight as a head coach. He spent the previous five years at Southeast Missouri State after initially joining the head coaching ranks at Mississippi State from 2012-15.

“I have a ton of respect for coach Boyle and what he’s done at CU,” Ray said. “He’s well renown in this business for doing it the right way. I want to work for people in that same ilk; Brad Brownell (Clemson head coach), Matt Painter (Purdue head coach), just reminds me of those guys who do it the right way and are in it for the right reasons.”

Boyle has known Ray for more than two decades, dating back to their days as assistant coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference; Boyle at Wichita State and Ray at Indiana State in the early 2000s.

“He’s a tremendous coach on every level,” Boyle said. “He can teach the game, knows the game, recruits and builds relationships with players. We are very fortunate to be able to bring him on board.”

Ray brings a wealth of relationships and recruiting experience in the Southeast and Midwest, and now turns his attention to the Mountains, and West, of the Pac-12 Conference.

“I’m in this business to help young men,” Ray said. “I’m there to help them on and off court. I want (the players) to know there’s no ego, I’m humble, I just want them to reach their goals and dreams in classroom and on the court. Recruiting is about relationships. I’m a person who is honest and truthful to recruits and parents and people appreciate that.”

Before embarking on his first head coaching position with MSU, Ray was an assistant coach, or associate head coach, at four schools over 15 seasons. During that span Ray’s teams went to seven NCAA Tournaments, including a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.

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June 21st

… CU in the Arena … 

CU coaches can meet with players as soon as July 20th – Boyle: “I’m not sure that’s etched in stone”

From the Daily Camera … In a month, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and his staff will be able to work with his players on the court for the first time since March, when the NCAA Tournament and the remainder of NCAA athletics was sent to the sideline by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No doubt, Boyle and the Buffs are excited by the prospect of truly getting back to work. Yet CU’s leader still views that July 20 target date as a sort of believe-it-when-it-happens proposition after the NCAA Division I Council last week approved an updated activities calendar for men’s and women’s basketball, allowing for up to eight hours per week of coach-supervised workouts.

That eight hours per week guideline will be in place for up to eight weeks from July 20 through Sept. 15 or until the first day of classes, whichever arrives first. While July 20 remains the target date, individual schools still will have the flexibility to alter the start of those workouts in accordance with local health guidelines.

“I’m not sure the July 20th date is etched in stone,” Boyle said. “We’re hopeful that will be the case, but it’s hard to say how official that is just yet. Obviously we normally would get eight weeks in the gym with access to our guys in the summertime. And I think if we were able to get three or four weeks this year, I think every basketball coach in the country would be happy with that. We’ll wait and see how that all plays out. We don’t know how that’s going to happen. A lot of it is going to depend on football and there’s a lot of things I think that have to be ironed out between now and then.”

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May 26th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU 75, Kansas 72 – Virtual Watch Party tonight 

On Pac-12 Networks at 6:30 p.m., MT …

 

 

 

May 25th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tyler Bey: From “Trouble maker” to NBA prospect

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal … Tyler Bey wanted to quit. He hated the 4 a.m. wake-up calls at Middlebrooks Academy in the Los Angeles area. He loathed the running, the lifting and most of all — the ice baths.

“We had to hold him down there (in the cold tub) a couple times but he eventually got it,” said William Middlebrooks, who founded the Los Angeles area prep school. “Tyler had his challenges with in the beginning. But he finally bought in.”

Bey says he “probably would be in jail or something right now” if he hadn’t.

Instead, he’s a potential first-round pick in this year’s NBA draft on the cusp of a career he couldn’t fathom.

Bey, a 22-year-old Las Vegan, has blossomed from an unranked, anonymous high school recruit into the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a dynamic professional prospect ranked No. 35 by ESPN. The 6-foot-7-inch forward left Las Vegas High after his junior year to attend Middlebrooks, where he reformed his academic profile and evolved into a high-major recruit.

He spent the ensuing three years at Colorado and concluded his junior year as one of college basketball’s best defenders — equipped with the protypical attributes to become a disruptive defender in the NBA.

“I didn’t see myself where I am today,” Bey said. “I had no clue.”

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May 19th

… CU in the Arena …

Christmas week home game v. Kansas highlight of CU’s non-conference schedule

From the Daily Camera … The most anticipated basketball showdown in years at the CU Events Center will tip off at an inopportune time. Yet given the commitments already filling the calendar for the Colorado Buffaloes and Kansas Jayhawks, a weeknight, pre-Christmas matchup was the best date the former Big 12 Conference rivals could settle upon.

Last week, Kansas announced its nonconference schedule, with the return date for a home-and-home series with the Buffs slated for Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the CU Events Center. It isn’t the ideal time slot for two programs that were ranked when KU posted a home win against the Buffs last season. But with both squads committed to nonconference tournaments, as well as CU’s scheduling adjustments sparked by the Pac-12 Conference’s move to a 20-game league schedule, the late December, weeknight slot was one of the few available dates.

Kansas once again is expected to be a preseason Final Four candidate, and it will be the Jayhawks’ first visit to Boulder since Dec. 13, 2013 — a Buffs win immortalized by Askia Booker’s running 35-footer at the buzzer.

“A lot of that was on the KU end. When we first set that contract up, that was the date they had available,” Boyle said. “It’s not ideal. We’d rather have it earlier in December. But with us going to a 20-game league schedule this year, there’s a week in there that was off the market. That makes it even a little more difficult. You have fewer teams to get, but you also have fewer slots to get.”

The Buffs already have a full slate of Saturday games on tap for December, including the Saturday previous to the KU matchup on Dec. 19, when CU takes on TCU in Las Vegas as part of the inaugural Pac-12 Coast to Coast Challenge. The showcase at T-Mobile Arena also will feature Pac-12/Big 12 matchups between Washington and Oklahoma, with Oregon taking on a Big 12 team still to be determined. The lineup also includes a marquee women’s basketball showdown between Oregon and Baylor.

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May 7th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle hands out (by video) CU’s 2019-20 season awards

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle announced the team’s 2019-20 season awards Wednesday night during a video conference call.

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. Tyler Bey won the Best Defender Award, Eli Parquet was named Most Improved, Evan Battey was voted Most Inspirational and Alexander Strating won the Tebo Family P.A.S.S. Award.

In addition, two annual statistical champion awards were recognized. Bey won the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award while Wright earned the Jay Humphries Assist Award.

Wright is the Chauncey Billups Award recipient for the third-straight year, joining Josh Scott as the only multiple winners. Scott won three times between 2013-16. Wright led the Buffaloes at 14.4 points and 5.0 assists per game. A two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection, Wright was second on the team in steals (36), blocks (11) and free throws made (95) and third in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and 3-point field goals (39).

Wright won the Jay Humphries Award for the third time, named after the Buffaloes’ all-time leader in assists (562 from 1980-84). This season, Wright joined Humphries as the only two Buffaloes in team history to reach 500 career assists. With 159 assists in 2019-20 he now owns three of Colorado’s top eight single-season totals.

Bey was voted Best Defender for the third-straight season. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the second Buffalo to earn that distinction, joining Andre Roberson (2012-13). Bey was the Pac-12’s leader in rebounds at 9.0 per game while coming in fifth in steals (1.5 spg) and seventh in blocks (1.2 bpg). He was the lone Pac-12 player to rank in the top 15 of all three categories.

Bey won the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award, named after Colorado’s all-time rebound leader, for the second-straight year. His 280 rebounds rank 18th on CU’s single-season list.

Parquet, a sophomore guard, played in 30 games averaging just under three points per contest. After playing limited minutes early, Parquet surged during the last half of the season. He averaged over 19 minutes per game over the final 11 contests, highlighted by a career-high eight points in 36 minutes against Utah. Parquet ranked fourth on the team in blocked shots with nine.

Battey was voted as the team’s Most Inspirational Player for the second time. After missing two years of basketball with academic and medical issues, Battey has put together back-to-back solid seasons and has become the emotional and energetic leader for the Buffaloes. He led Colorado in offensive rebounds (84) and ranked second on the team in overall rebounding (5.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.526).

Strating repeated as the Tebo Family P.A.S.S. Award selection, in its third year overall. Named in honor of Stephen Tebo, a long-time supporter of the Colorado basketball program, the award was created to recognize the player, or players, that best exemplified the virtues of Perseverance, Attitude, Selflessness and Success. Strating graduated in December with his degree in Mathematics and currently pursuing a second degree in Economics.

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May 4th

… CU in the Arena … 

NBA First Round Mock Draft: Six from the Pac-12 (but no Tyler Bey)

From CBS Sports … The NBA announced last week that the NBA Draft Lottery and NBA Draft Combine will both be delayed indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic that’s ravaged our country. So you know what’s next, right?

Yep, the 2020 NBA Draft will probably also be pushed back — reportedly to August or even September. So the gap between the day when prospects declare for the draft, and the night when prospects are selected in the draft, is going to be wider than it’s ever been. That’s obviously not ideal.

There are more questions than answers

The uncertainty is rough.

But that didn’t stop literally every projected first-round pick from declaring anyway. So, sure, the 2020 NBA Draft is widely considered to be a weak draft relative to most drafts — but at least all of the best prospects who could be in it are going to be in it. Such isn’t always true. But it’s true this year. And the following is a look at the 30 who could go first. Please note, team needs were NOT taken into consideration at all because, at this time, I’m more interested in having a proper order than I am in making sure somebody is a good fit for the franchise theoretically making the selection. That’ll come later — but not until the lottery order for the 2020 NBA Draft is officially set.

From the Pac-12 … (bear in mind that CU’s 2019-20 record was 21-11; 10-8) … 

Onyeka Okongwu C … USC … Pick No. 7 (Chicago Bulls) … USC’s 2019-20 record: 22-9; 11-7

Isaiah Stewart C … Washington … Pick No. 17 (Boston Celtics) … Washington’s 2019-20 record: 15-17; 5-13

Nico Mannion PG … Arizona … Pick No. 18 (Oklahoma City Thunder) … Arizona’s 2019-20 record: 21-11; 10-8

Jaden McDaniels PF … Washington … Pick No. 21 (Denver Nuggets) … Washington’s 2019-20 record: 15-17; 5-13

Josh Green SG … Arizona … Pick No. 26 (Boston Celtics) … Arizona’s 2019-20 record: 21-11; 10-8

Zeke Nnaji C … Arizona … Pick No. 30 (Boston Celtics) … Arizona’s 2019-20 record: 21-11; 10-8

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May 1st

… CU in the Arena … 

Tyler Bey CU career ends with hiring of an agent

From a tweet from John Goodman from watchstadium.com … Colorado’s Tyler Bey told @Stadium he has signed with agent Mike Higgins and is 100 percent staying in the NBA Draft.

Here is word on super-agent Mike Higgins

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April 28th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU schedules non-conference game v. TCU in Las Vegas

Tweet From Jon Rothstein … Sources: Matchups are set for the 2020 Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 19th.

Oregon/Baylor
Colorado/TCU
Washington/Oklahoma

CBS 2020-21 preseason Top 25 includes four Pac-12 teams

From CBS Sports … Three Gonzaga players — Filip Petrusev, Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi — have applied for early entry to the NBA Draft. So fans of the consistently great West Coast Conference program are going to have to sweat this thing out.

Who stays? Who goes?

The definitive answers to those questions will come later. But it should be noted that none of the Zags are projected first-round picks, and all of them have said returning to school is an option they’re considering. So, for now, I’m projecting all three to play college basketball again next season — and that’s among the reasons Gonzaga remains No. 1 in Version 10.0 of the 2020-21 CBS Sports Preseason Top 25 And 1.

If you’ve been following these updates, you know that what I do is assume all consensus projected first-round picks will remain in the NBA Draft, make educated guesses about other underclassmen, and omit (for now) all traditional sit-out transfers. As always, when I need to adjust, I’ll adjust. Version 11.0 is likely right around the corner. But, at this moment, Mark Few’s Bulldogs are No. 1 based on the idea that everybody who can return from a team that finished 31-2 will return from a team that finished 31-2. If that happens, the Zags will have three of their top five scorers back and benefit from a top-10 recruiting class highlighted by 5-star guard Jalen Suggs.

From the Pac-12 … 

No. 19 … UCLA … The greatest in-season turnaround of the 2019-20 season belonged to UCLA, which went from 8-9 to 19-12 by going 11-3 in its final 14 games. It was incredible stuff from Mick Cronin and his staff. And now the top five scorers from that team should be back – provided Chris Smith withdraws from the NBA Draft, which is the projection here. If that happens, he’ll be joined by 5-star point guard Daishen Nix, a one-and-done talent who will return exciting basketball to Pauley Pavilion.

No. 20 … Arizona State … The surprising addition of Josh Christopher was a major development for Arizona State, which will pair the 5-star guard with a talented and experienced core – as long as Remy Martin and Romello White withdraw from the NBA Draft, which is the projection here. If that happens, Bobby Hurley’s Sun Devils will be in a position to finish in the top three of the Pac-12 for what would be the third consecutive season.

No. 21 … Oregon … It’s impossible to overstate what losing somebody like Payton Pritchard will mean to Oregon; he was fabulous and a worthy All-American. But two of the other top-three scorers from the Pac-12 champs are expected back – and Dana Altman has worked the transfer market again. So it would be foolish to assume the Ducks will do anything but compete for another Pac-12 title.

No. 23 … Stanford … A late commitment from 5-star wing Ziaire Williams was enough to push Stanford into the Top 25 And 1 under the assumption that Tyrell Terry will ultimately withdraw from the NBA Draft. If that happens, the Cardinal will add a heralded freshman to a roster that would include the top six scorers from this past season’s team that finished in the top 45 at KenPom.

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April 25th

… CU in the Arena … 

NCAA to give teams scheduling options for 2020-21

From sportsnet.com … The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.

The NCAA’s Division I Council approved a proposal Friday to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.

The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.

The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games.

A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.

Three-day multiple-team events must by completed within 10 days and two-day events must conclude within five days, under the proposal.

Non-Division I programs may participate only if they are the event host.

 

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April 19th

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle’s first-ever graduate transfer, Jeriah Horne, ready to step into starting lineup

From the Daily Camera … On this subject, Tad Boyle doesn’t typically mince words. Given a choice, Colorado’s 10-year men’s basketball coach prefers building his program from the ground up.

That was in display this past season, when a core group playing its third year together posted a 21-win season marred somewhat by a late five-game losing streak and the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament. Yet with a glaring hole separating the Buffs from another possible NCAA tourney run, Boyle stepped out of his comfort zone to dip into the graduate transfer market for the first time.

That opened the door for the addition of Jeriah Horne, a 6-foot-7 forward who played the past two seasons at Tulsa and who signed with CU this past week. Horne primarily will be tasked with easing the Buffs into life after Tyler Bey, who decided to forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

“It was a good fit. We knew we wanted some experience,” Boyle said. “Everyone talks about us losing Tyler. And that’s obviously a big loss. But not a lot of people talk about us losing Lucas Siewert. Lucas was a big part of this year’s team. And his perimeter shooting ability, along with Shane Gatling’s that graduated, is something we felt like we needed to replace.

“So with Jeriah, you factor in the experience, and you factor in his body is ready and he’s proven himself at the high level of Division I basketball, and he can shoot the ball from the perimeter. He’s a very, very good perimeter shooter for a guy his size. And he can rebound the ball well. He brings a lot of things to the table.”

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April 18th

… CU in the Arena … 

Jabari Walker has gone from 6’5″ to 6’8″ in a year: “I don’t think I’m done growing”

From the Daily Camera … Jabari Walker is, by any definition, a late bloomer. And given Walker’s age and abrupt improvement over the past year, he alone might boast the most untapped potential in a Colorado 2020 recruiting class full of players with tantalizing ceilings.

At the beginning of this past basketball season, Walker figured a year at a prep school was, most likely, his next destination. But a growth spurt combined with the opportunity that opened up on the Buffaloes’ roster over the past month changed those plans. Now the 6-foot-8 Walker is one of the new additions to the CU frontcourt — and a player who not only could help the Buffs in the 2020-21 season, but one head coach Tad Boyle firmly believes is a key component of the future of the program.

The son of former 10-year NBA veteran Samaki Walker, Jabari Walker says he grew three inches over the past year. And at just 17-years old, that growth spurt may not be over.

“I’m still growing as we speak,” Walker said hours after signing his letter of intent on Wednesday to officially join the Buffs. “I went from 6-5 last year and now I’m 6-8. I feel myself getting stronger. I don’t think I’m done growing.”

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April 17th

… CU in the Arena …

Modified NBA Draft rules make it easier for McKinley Wright; Tyler Bey to return to college

From SportsPac-12 … With a shortened college basketball season due to COVID-19, the stars of the Pac-12 had to make decisions about their professional careers in highly unusual circumstances. The murkiness of the NBA Draft process, with the Combine in question, has no doubt played a role in some players holding off on announcing.

Fortunately, early-entrant NBA rules as revised and implemented by the NCAA Division I Council in 2016 afford underclassmen a number of protections:

  • Declaration for the draft no longer results in automatic loss of college eligibility. As long as a player does not sign a contract with a professional team outside the NBA, and makes a timely withdrawal from the draft, he will retain college eligibility.
  • A player who has hired an agent retains his remaining college eligibility regardless of whether he is drafted after an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.
  • NCAA players may participate in the draft combine, and are allowed to attend one tryout per year with each NBA team without losing college eligibility.
  • NCAA players now have until 10 days after the end of the NBA Draft Combine to withdraw from the draft.

With these rules in mind, let’s look at the noteworthy Conference of Champions underclassmen who have declared for the NBA Draft. The players are arranged in no particular order, with a prediction of where they may end up on draft night.

… McKinley Wright, Colorado … There is no doubt that Wright has a professional career ahead of him, it’s just a matter of whether it will start in the G-League or overseas. Nobody doubts his skills or leadership, but his size is a major hurdle. Still, if he were to perform well at the Combine he could sneak in as a late Second Round pick.

As a junior, he would significantly benefit from another year of college experience to generate better name recognition. Were he to come back, he could lead CU to the top of the Conference, and would be an early-season favorite for Player of the Year.

Tyler Bey, Colorado … Bey, another player who would substantially benefit from a strong Combine performance, has the skills to make it in the professional ranks. His mid-range scoring, free throw shooting, and ability to finish around the rim make him an appealing prospect.

His defensive abilities could set him apart, making him a Second Round pick on draft night. As things stand now, it’s likely that Bey keeps his name in the draft as opposed to returning to Boulder for his senior year.

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April 16th 

… CU in the Arena … 

Tad Boyle turns down post-season bonus

From the Daily Camera … After taking his time to mull it over following the abrupt and unfulfilling end of Colorado’s basketball season, CU athletic director Rick George decided coach Tad Boyle had done his job.

Despite a late slide, the Buffaloes did what they were supposed to in order to earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament. And although that bid never arrived when the tournament was canceled out of fears of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, George ultimately decided Boyle had earned the bonus written into his contract.

Boyle, though, refused it.

During his latest state-of-the-Buffs conference call with the media on Thursday, George said he offered the NCAA Tournament bonus, worth $105,000, to Boyle, but that CU’s 10-year coach declined it.

“I did offer Tad the bonus based on the principle that we felt like he earned it. But Tad declined it,” George said. “He preferred that we use it in other areas that would help us during this crisis. It speaks to who Tad is. I thought he earned the bonus, and it was offered to him, and he declined it.”

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Tad Boyle excited about Signing Day additions: “It’s an exciting, talented and deep class”

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado head men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle has added three players to his 2020 recruiting class.

Someday soon, he hopes to meet them face to face. Someday soon, those players will be able to see campus in person, for the first time.

Despite the inability to conduct in person, on campus visits, reputation and research allowed the Buffaloes to sign Jeriah Horne, Jabari Walker and Tristan da Silva as the NCAA’s regular signing period opened on Wednesday.

All three, listed in the 6-foot, 7-inch to 6-8 range, will bolster the Buffaloes front court. Walker and da Silva, combined with the November signings of guards Luke O’Brien and Dominique Clifford, and then add in redshirt freshman Keeshawn Barthelemy, represent the future nucleus of the Colorado basketball program.

“It’s an exciting, talented and deep class with multiple players at multiple positions,” said Boyle noting five freshmen could have impacts next season. “We will lose a big chunk of our production (from five seniors) after next year so this class is about the future of Colorado basketball the next 2 to 4 years.”

“What is unique is that all three young men decided to come without ever setting foot on campus, obviously due to conditions beyond control,” Boyle said. “To have all three come to Colorado, when they had other choices, that means a lot to us.”

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April 15th

… CU in the Arena … 

CU finalizes roster with the addition of Tristan da Silva

From the Daily Camera … As the spring signing period began on Wednesday, coach Tad Boyle’s Colorado basketball program landed Tristan da Silva, Oscar’s younger brother and a 6-foot-8 forward out of Germany. Da Silva rounded out a class that also includes 2020 forward Jabari Walker out of Arizona and Tulsa transfer Jeriah Horne, also a forward who is the first immediately-eligible graduate transfer to join Boyle’s program.

The three newcomers fill the roster spots vacated over the past month by Tyler Bey, who has opted to pursue a pro career, as well as Daylen Kountz and Jakub Dombek, both of whom decided to transfer out of the program.

… Tristan da Silva checks in at 6-foot-8, about an inch shorter than his brother, and he isn’t as potent a scorer in the post. However, Boyle reports that Tristan da Silva is an extremely polished shooter who, along with incoming freshman Luke O’Brien, will give the Buffs a bigger wing presence for years to come with 6-foot-7 D’Shawn Schwartz and 6-foot-6 Maddox Daniels set to be seniors next season.

“Tristan probably is a little more advanced in his perimeter skills at the same age, but he doesn’t quite have the same size,” Boyle said. “He’s 6-foot-8, which is plenty tall enough, but he’s not as tall as Oscar is. But his skill level is very, very good, and his ability to put the ball on the floor and face the basket and to play on the perimeter is really exciting. When you get players with size and length, and they have skill, that’s the exciting part.”

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April 10th

… CU in the Arena … 

ESPN: CU’s Jeriah Horne rated as one of the best transfers of this off-season

From ESPN … The college basketball season’s premature end did nothing to slow the proliferation of transfers; it just got things started earlier than usual. There have been about 40 players entering the NCAA transfer portal each day since the season ended in mid-March, and that’s unlikely to slow down anytime soon.

For now, we have the transfers separated into two categories: sit-out transfers and immediately eligible graduate transfers. That could change to one big group on May 20, as the Division I Council is expected to vote on a change to the transfer rule that could eliminate sit-out transfers.

18. Jeriah Horne, 6-7, 222 pounds, F, RS Jr., Tulsa
Committed to Colorado
Started his career at Nebraska before blossoming into a key player for Tulsa the past two seasons. Averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last season and also made 56 3-pointers.

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April 9th

… CU in the Arena …

Early 2021 Bracketology: Colorado a No. 9 seed (Six Pac-12 entries)

From CBS Sports … First off, I hope you are all doing well and staying safe as we shelter ourselves away from COVID-19. Like all of us, I am looking forward to getting back to watching sports in the present rather than living in the past. In the spirit of contemplating that future, here is a way-too-early bracket for the 2020-2021 season. After all, it is only 340 days to selection Sunday.

Of course, we still do not know everyone who is going off to the NBA early or transferring to other schools. Just in the last few days since I started on this bracket, Cassius Stanley (Duke), Jalen Smith (Maryland), Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky) and Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) are among those declaring for the NBA Draft.

Michigan has had two players announce they are transferring, the most notable of which is guard David DeJulius. Purdue was surprised to learn that 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms was going to leave as a grad transfer. Again, that’s just since I started working on the bracket, and there have been others.

To say the least, a lot more roster movement is coming.

Here is a look at the projected No. 1 seeds for now: Gonzaga; Baylor; Villanova; and Creighton

From the Pac-12 … 

  • No. 5 UCLA
  • No. 5 Oregon
  • No. 8 Stanford
  • No. 9 Colorado
  • No. 10 Arizona State
  • No. 12 USC

First four out … Utah …

Tulsa grad transfer Jeriah Horne commits to CU

From 247 Sports … Tulsa transfer Jeriah Horne  turned 22 on Thursday and part of his celebration included a commitment to play his final year in the Pac 12.

“The style of play at Colorado takes me in the direction I imagined for my last year,” said Horne. “Greater intensity on both ends of the court is one of my personal goals going forward and, from interactions with the coaching staff, my goal matches Colorado’s expectations.”

He also fits a need with Tyler Bey likely gone to the NBA Draft.

“Colorado lost two key players in 2020 to graduation and the NBA draft,” said Horne. “My plan is to help fill that void and bring value to CU by delivering on offense, being productive on the glass, and defending the ball.”

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From the Daily Camera … Replacing Tyler Bey was not going to be easy. Yet in a few short days, Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle and his staff have filled that void on the fly while setting up the Buffaloes of a possible run at the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday, the Buffs received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-7 forward Jeriah Horne, a graduate transfer from Tulsa. Horne’s announcement arrived two days after the Buffs received a commitment from 6-foot-8 forward Jabari Walker, a four-star 2020 freshman out of Chandler, Ariz.

As a graduate transfer, Horne is eligible immediately to help the Buffs reload following a 21-11 campaign in 2019-20. Horne spent the past two seasons at Tulsa, averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds this past season while shooting .413 overall and .339 on 3-pointers. Horne posted a solid .860 mark at the free throw line, though he averaged fewer than two attempts per game (49-for-57), and he recorded more assists (43) than turnovers (40).

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April 7th

… CU in the Arena … 

Buffs pick up a commitment from a four-star recruit, 6’8″ forward Jabari Walker

RelatedRivals bio247 Sports bio … 247 Sports has Walker as the No. 42 power forward prospect in the nation, the No. 203 player overall nationally, and the No. 7 player overall out of the state of Arizona … Walker had offers from ten schools, including Cal and West Coast Conference power St. Mary’s …

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado men’s basketball team has locked down the frontcourt reinforcement it sought after the graduation of Lucas Siewert and Tyler Bey’s departure for the NBA draft. And more help might still be on the way.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Buffaloes received a verbal commitment from Phoenix-area forward Jabari Walker, who made his announcement via his Twitter account. The 6-foot-8 Walker, considered a four-star recruit out of the 2020 class by 247Sports.com, is the son of former Louisville star and 10-year NBA player Samaki Walker.

Walker is expected to sign his letter of intent when the spring signing period begins April 15. Walker previously announced CU, Cal, and St. Mary’s as his three finalists.

Jabari Walker is considered a late-bloomer who grew at least an inch since last year, and whose skills have evolved accordingly. The addition of Walker fills one of the three open scholarships available to head coach Tad Boyle this spring following the departure of Bey and the transfer decisions of Jakub Dombek and Daylen Kountz.

Walker joins a 2020 freshman class for the Buffs that already includes in-state talents Dominique Clifford from the Vanguard School and Columbine’s Luke O’Brien. Guard Keeshawn Barthelemy also will be eligible as a freshman after redshirting this past season.

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21 Replies to “Colorado Basketball”

  1. I PREDICT: This next season is going to be fun to watch with a couple of “Bigs” on the floor and 3 G’s with moves and speed. FAST BREAKS SHOULD BE THE….”NORM”…. FOR THE BUFFS.

    Will the opponents be gassed by the time we’re in 8-10 min. of the second half ? LET’S HOPE.

    GO BUFFS

  2. What entity has possessed Tad? He’s recruiting like never before (new staff additions with recruiting prowess?)

    So what if its a guard heavy class. In this basketball era you can get by with a smaller squad. As long as they can play.

    At least he is not wasting scholarships and recruiting stiffs like the piano player, the slow Serbian, and Dombek whom everyone was salivating over because of his height but was nothing but a bench cobweb. It was pretty clear from the get go Dombek was not physically ready and had only played against unknown competition before setting foot in the US.

    Tad still has the Wyoming kid in the fold.

    Shaping up to be one of Tad’s most interesting teams (for the next few years) that I can remember.

      1. Tad said he had “unlimited upside” and a chance to be a “very good player at CU.” That’s a vanilla statement from every coach after signing a player.

        It was mostly Bill Grier and Kim English blowing sunshine up everyone’s keister –mostly Grier because Dombek came out of Grier’s coaching academy.

        I’m pretty sure that once he turned up on campus weighing 185 pounds, couldn’t pack on weight, then caught mono which was a further setback to the whole body- conditioning process of adding strength to bang with D1 post guys then it became obvious he was a bench cobweb. And no more superlatives from the staff.

        When Alex Strating is ahead of you in the rotation then you are not D1 material. I wish him luck at Hartford.

  3. With all the guards you would think Tad would install a motion half court offense. Too many times I see 4 statues and a guy with the ball in the half court. I do believe this team could easily be a sweet 16 participant if they could get it together in the half court on offense.
    Tad recruits all these guys who are supposed to be 3 point gunners but it seems they always flame out as much as the get en fuego. Maybe Ruffin will break the mold.

  4. The addition of Javon Ruffin, 6’5″ -G, will make BUFFS’ backcourt one of the best in the PAC-12, and, seemingly loaded. Watching highlights against quality teams, Ruffin already has collegiate moves. Holy smokes, Tad, how many guards are you recruiting ? Not that I’m necessarily complaining, but how many is enough ?

    Stuart, is this a wise move being we’ll have some height in the lane ? …. It also seems we need adequate rebounding power, especially on the offensive boards. Are we loaded enough ?

    Always concerned. GO BUFFS

    1. Tad does seem to be putting a lot of eggs into his Lawson Lovering basket. If the seven-footer from Cheyenne lives up to his four-star billing, the Buffs could be very good.
      But I would agree that it would be nice to see him recruit another “big”. As the saying goes: “You can’t teach height” … 😉

  5. With McKinley Wright returning + the addition of Tristin da Silva, The Buffs should be able to run the court unlike anything we’ve seen in some time.

    FAST BREAK BUFFS (don’t ya think Stuart ? ).

    Can’t wait……..GO BUFFS

  6. can the hoops teams in the conference keep the virus of their teams? Should be a lot easier with only 1/5th the roster than football.
    An open question for the players. How bad do you want to play? I know how bad I would like to watch you play

  7. Unless he makes strides in his outside shooting and overall game, the 3rd best point guard in CU history (behind Chauncey Billups and Jay Humphies) wasn’t/isn’t going to be drafted. Good move on his part.

  8. I just checked out Quincy Allen on YouTube….. HE LOOKS LIKE THE “REAL DEAL.” —- He might be more athletic than many of the top names in Buffs’ recent history. He will be really good, no matter. By the time he’s a junior, he should have some more bulk on that slender frame….. if not, it won’t matter. He’s got the CHOPS.

    GO BUFFS BB

  9. just remembered that Wright’s decision on his hoop future is growing near. I’m not sure if its a good sign for the Buffs that its taking this long. Did he already say and I missed it?

  10. I read somewhere, exactly where I dont remember, saying Ray fits in with Tad’s D first philosophy.
    Sigh
    I guess we are doomed to continue an O without much structural efficiency. Maybe Tad will finally find those 3 point shooters that dont go on too many cold streaks.

  11. Thanks for your response Stuart. I see we have some nice YouTube videos on both Buford and Jones.

    I decided I can sleuth a little bit myself. (I don’t know why we ( I ) get so dependent on you). For beginners, I trust you and your sources much better than the Camera…..however, I see we have another recruit from Denmark, Frida Formann, whose YouTube highlights are nothing short of spectacular. This is just a prediction: I think she will become the next star of Buff greats. The girl has beautiful moves and appears to have a very high BB I.Q.

    It will be interesting to see. GO BUFFS.

    1. The Buffs signed Madison Buford last month … Buford, a 5’9″ guard, wrapped up her high school career at Lutheran North in 2019 and then attended Rend Lake Community College this past season. She started all 33 games as a freshman for the Warriors and lead the team with 21.1 points per game. Buford was 37.8 percent (233-616) from the field and finished the season 30.0 percent (67-223) from 3-point range. Her 67 3’s were 18-better than the leading Buff in 2019-20.

      They also added transfer Tayanna Jones … Jones, a 6’2″ guard, played in 27 games for the Hoyas last season and earned three starts. She averaged a career-highs with 5.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season. She totaled a season-high 15 points in her start at Loyola Marymount. Jones’ best rebounding performance came late in the season against DePaul, snagging 12 boards. In two years at Georgetown, Jones averaged 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. She has 166 career points and 98 total rebounds. Jones is a 31.3 percent shooter and has averaged just over 13 minutes per game.

  12. Tyler Bey, welcome to the G-league. Nice player yet too short w/ a limited outside shot. Sorry to see you go. Get your degree!

  13. Ya know 2020 seems like a very good year
    It is a very good year for blue-blooded girls
    Of independent means, we’ll ride in limousines their chauffeurs will drive
    While I am 35……………….

    Aaaaaah the
    The shrooms
    The shrooms

    Buffs:

    Note: I need to get outta the damn house

      1. I just now read this little back and forth between VK & ep, and all I want to add to it is what ep wrote, a great big……..YEAH!!!!!!!

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