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August 19th

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CBS Jerry Palm’s First 2021-22 Bracketology: CU doesn’t make the cut

From CBS Sports … When August rolls around, all of our sports-loving attention turns to football. So, naturally, it is time for a pre-preseason Bracketology projection for the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket.

While I personally enjoyed having the entire tournament so close to home in 2021, I am looking forward to a return to normalcy.

One sign of normalcy in recent years is Gonzaga as a No. 1 seed. The Zags have been a top seed in three of the last four tournaments and are projected to be the overall No. 1 this season. Mark Few has a great recruiting pipeline going now and the latest star to come through it is the top-ranked recruit Chet Holmgren. The 7-footer was the MVP of the FIBA U-19 tournament while leading the US team to the championship. He may do the same for Gonzaga.

My No. 2 overall seed is UCLA, which returns most of the team that went from the First Four to the Final Four in the 2021 NCAA tournament. They also added a five-star recruit in Peyton Watson. Mick Cronin has done a great job bringing this program back to power in relatively short order.

The Big 12 will take up the next two spots on the top line of the bracket. Kansas is frequently in this position as well and is the projected No. 3 overall seed. Kansas returns most of its starting lineup from the team that finished behind eventual champion Baylor and added Remy Martin from Arizona State and Joseph Yesufu, who was one of the key pieces to Drake’s great season a year ago.

Texas figures to challenge the Jayhawks for the top spot in the conference and a spot on the top line of the bracket. The projected No. 4 overall seed hit the transfer portal hard and added key pieces to the roster, led by former Minnesota star Marcus Carr. The most notable new face though is coach Chris Beard, who came over from Texas Tech after Shaka Smart left for Marquette.

From the Pac-12 … 

  • No. 1 seed … UCLA
  • No. 3 seed … Oregon
  • No. 7 seed … Stanford
  • No. 9 seed … Oregon State
  • No. 10 seed … Washington State
  • First Four Out … Arizona

Pac-12 announces weekly conference pairings

Press release from …  The Pac-12 Conference has released the weekly matchups and site designations for the league’s 2021-22 men’s basketball season.

The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All 120 Conference games will be televised by either  the Pac-12 Network, the ESPN Family of Networks, FOX/FS1 or CBS.

The Pac-12 previously announced the 12 games to be played in late November/early December to begin the second season of the conference’s 20-game schedule. Colorado hosts Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28 while traveling to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Following the early conference contests, the remainder of league play will resume the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 2. Colorado will open that portion of its schedule on the road at Oregon and Oregon State. The Buffaloes will resume their home Pac-12 schedule that next week, Jan. 5-9, against Washington and Washington State at the CU Events Center.

Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, first hosting Oregon and Oregon State the week of Feb. 2-6 and then a single game with travel partner Utah the week of Feb. 9-13.

With the 20-game conference schedule, now in its second season, the Buffaloes play home-and-home with nine opponents and single games with two. For the 2021-22 season, Colorado will have a single home date with USC and one road game at California. The Trojans and UCLA visit the CU Events Center the week of Jan. 19-23. Colorado makes its Bay Area appearance at Stanford and California the week of Feb. 16-20.

Colorado will host Arizona and Arizona State in its final week at the CU Events Center, Feb. 23-27 and end the regular season with a single game at Utah the week of Mar. 2-5, ahead of the 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 9-12.

Colorado men’s basketball season tickets are on sale now, starting at $240 for reserved bench seating. For more information on purchasing season tickets call 303-492-8282.

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball 2021-22 Early Conference Games
Sun., Nov. 28, 2021 – Stanford at Colorado
Wed., Dec. 1, 2021 – Colorado at UCLA; Utah at USC; Washington State at Arizona State
Thurs., Dec. 2, 2021 – Oregon State at California; Washington at Arizona
Sat., Dec. 4, 2021 – USC at Washington State
Sun., Dec. 5, 2021 – Arizona at Oregon State; Arizona State at Oregon; California at Utah; UCLA at Washington
Sun., Dec. 12, 2021 – Oregon at Stanford

Pac-12 Men’s Basketball 2021-22 Weekly Conference Matchups
Week of Dec. 29-Jan. 2
Colorado/Utah at Oregon/Oregon State
Arizona/Arizona State at UCLA/USC
California at Stanford
Washington at Washington State

Week of Jan. 5-9
Washington/Washington State at Colorado/Utah
Arizona at Arizona State
Oregon at Oregon State
UCLA/USC at California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 12-16
Colorado/Utah at Arizona/Arizona State
California/Stanford at Washington/Washington State
Oregon/Oregon State at UCLA/USC

Week of Jan. 19-23
UCLA/USC at Colorado/Utah
Arizona/Arizona State at California/Stanford
Washington/Washington State at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Jan. 26-30
Colorado/Utah at Washington/Washington State
Arizona State at Arizona
California/Stanford at UCLA/USC
Oregon State at Oregon

Week of Feb. 2-6
Oregon/Oregon State at Colorado/Utah
UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State
Washington/Washington State at California/Stanford

Week of Feb. 9-13
Utah at Colorado
Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State
California/Stanford at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Feb. 16-20
Colorado/Utah at California/Stanford
Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State
Washington/Washington State at UCLA/USC

Week of Feb. 23-27
Arizona/Arizona State at Colorado/Utah
Stanford at California
UCLA/USC at Oregon/Oregon State
Washington State at Washington

Week of March 2-5
California/Stanford at Arizona/Arizona State
Colorado at Utah
Oregon/Oregon State at Washington/Washington State

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Three Buffs participate in NBA Summer League

From the Daily Camera … It was a short yet eventful Summer League excursion for the three former Colorado Buffaloes trying to make their mark in the NBA.

On Tuesday, McKinley Wright IV (Minnesota) and George King (Portland) completed their respective Summer League schedules, as did Tyler Bey one day earlier with the Chicago Bulls.

Wright, CU’s all-time assists leader, didn’t hear his name called during the July 29 NBA draft but quickly secured a two-way contract with his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves. Bey didn’t have his two-way contract renewed after one season with Dallas and landed a summer opportunity with the Bulls. And King, who told BuffZone last winter “I still want to get back” to the NBA, saw his summer schedule interrupted by tragedy as his mother, veteran Air Force officer Tresse King, died in Kuwait.

Here is a look at how the trio, all 1,000-point scorers at CU, fared over the past couple weeks.

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August 17th

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Buffs finish Costa Rica trip with 141-31 laugher

From … The University of Colorado men’s basketball team ended its four-game exhibition tour of Costa Rica with a 141-31 rout of Grecia, Monday night at Banco Nacional Arena in San Jose.

Colorado scored the first 21 points of the game and never stepped off the gas. The Buffaloes led 39-4 after the first quarter and had an 80-17 lead at the half against the overmatched Costa Ricans.

Seven players scored in double-digits led by Keeshawn Barthelemy’s 23 points. K.J. Simpson and Nique Clifford each scored 21.

Colorado shot 69 percent from the field (57 of 83) including 82 percent (41-50) inside the 3-point arc. The Buffaloes scored 72 points in the paint and had a 63-2 advantage in points off turnovers.

“I think these kind of games challenge you mentally to stay disciplined, and stick to your principles, defensively,” said assistant coach Bill Grier, taking the head coaching role for this one as Tad Boyle observed. “And then to play simple; move the ball and take great shots offensively.

Similar to Saturday’s game, the senior incumbent starters – Eli Parquet and Evan Battey – sat this one out, allowing the eight healthy underclassmen, and senior walk-on Will Loughlin, all of the minutes and providing the coaching staff a glimpse of the future

“I think the one thing about this group, after watching them here four days, is I think we’ve done a really good job of sharing the ball. There’s been multiple possessions with multiple passes. They’re really unselfish. They play well together. And I think that was a really encouraging thing coming down here is seeing that part of the game from them as a group.”

The Buffaloes had 30 assists, led by seven from Julian Hammond. Colorado also had 23 steals and 69 fast break points.

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August 16th

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Jabari Walker’s broken backboard brings a quick end to Costa Rican exhibition game

From … For a game that didn’t count, or completed for that matter, there’s no doubt the University of Colorado men’s basketball team will be talking about the third Costa Rican exhibition for a long time.

Sophomore Jabari Walker’s dunk attempt at the 2:24 mark of the third quarter shattered the backboard and thus ended the game with the Buffaloes leading Seleccion de Baloncesto, 68-54, Sunday night at Banco Nacional Arena in San Jose.

Tristan da Silva led Colorado with 12 points while K.J. Simpson had 11 points and three steals.

The Buffaloes were pushing the ball up the floor. Luke O’Brien dribbled in from the right wing with Walker trailing to his left. O’Brien stopped at the free throw line and dished off to Walker, who shuffled his feet and ended up jumping off the wrong foot. The ball on his dunk attempt popped out before the backboard glass came shattering down to the floor. With no replacement readily available, the game was called at that point.

“I didn’t think Luke saw me actually, so I was about to go get his rebound and then he passed it to me,” Walker said. “I shuffled my feet, as everyone knows I traveled a little bit so it was unexpected. Then I usually don’t go off my left leg, so I didn’t really get up that high. And then I ended up missing the dunk and grabbed the rim, like extra.

“And then I saw the glass come down out of my peripheral vision. That’s when you’ll see me get out of the way and like, hurry up and try to miss the glass. It was crazy. I wasn’t really expecting the pass, I wish I would have I wish I’d have made it.”

It was an abrupt ending to an entertaining game. Seleccion de Baloncesto was a “select team” of veteran players from the Costa Rican professional league and gave the Buffaloes their toughest competition in the three games.

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August 15th

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Buffs post second easy exhibition victory

From … The young guns took center stage in a big way as the University of Colorado continued its tour of Costa Rica with a 104-46 win over Colegio de Abogados Saturday night at Banco Nacional Arena in San Jose.

Six players – all underclassmen – scored in double-digits led by Julian Hammond III’s 19 points. Keeshawn Barthelemy had 17 points, Luke O’Brien had 16, Jabari Walker and Lawson Lovering each had 14 while K.J. Simpson rounded out the double figures at 13.

Colorado’s eight healthy underclassmen accounted for all but seven minutes in the game, and those final seven went to walk-on forward Will Loughlin who scored a basket for the second straight game. Senior incumbent starters Eli Parquet and Evan Battey sat this one out, giving CU’s young talented group some time on the floor together.

Colegio de Abogados did their part in giving the young Buffs some good situational work. The Costa Rican professionals through out a zone early in the game and put on a full court press coming out of the second half.

“It was a lot of fun for them, and you know that’s kind of what this trip is about is those young guys,” said Associate Head Coach Mike Rohn, who took over head coaching duties for this game as head coach Tad Boyle has done in the past with his staff on foreign tours.

“We did a lot of really good things; they really surprised us with a little zone, early in the game, we worked on it just a little bit in our camp, but they did a really good job with that. And so I was excited about it. And those guys are going to be good, they just got to keep learning.”

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August 14th

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Buffs dominate in Costa Rica in exhibition opener

From … The University of Colorado opened its four-game tour of Costa Rica in style, cruising to a 79-32 win over Escazu Friday night at the Banco Nacional Arena in San Jose.

K.J. Simpson, the most recent addition to the Colorado roster, scored 13 points off the bench to lead all players. Jabari Walker had 11 points and Keeshawn Barthelemy had 10.

The Buffaloes didn’t know the identity of the team they were playing until Wednesday afternoon, much less have any kind of scouting report on Escazu. That didn’t end up being an issue.

Colorado sprinted out to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes. Walker accounted for all 11 of his points during that run, nailing his first three 3-point attempts and digging up memories of the NCAA win over Georgetown where he went 5 for 5 from long range.

“It felt good,” Walker said. “Warming up I knew it was going to be a good day shooting wise. I like the nets, I like the ball we were using. I got a good warm up in so I was ready to go.”

From there it was a matter of getting everyone involved, which the Buffaloes did quite nicely. Eleven of the 12 suited up played at least 17 minutes and everyone scored at least one field goal.

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August 10th

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Buffs set to play exhibition games in Costa Rica this weekend

Press Release from … The University of Colorado men’s basketball team is scheduled to play four exhibition games during a tour of Costa Rica, set for Aug. 12-19.

The Buffaloes will play all four games in the first four full days of the trip, Aug. 13-16, in capital of San Jose. While the opponents have not been finalized, the teams are expected to come from the Costa Rican professional league. Three of those opponents are scheduled to be teams that will be currently competing in the Costa Rican league playoffs while the fourth will likely be a “select” or “all-star” team.

All four games are scheduled to be streamed live on The game schedule is as follows and is subject to change. San Jose is on Central Standard Time, which this time of the year, is the same in Boulder (Mountain Daylight Time)

Colorado Game Schedule
Game 1: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Friday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.
Game 2: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.
Game 3: vs. Costa Rican Select Team, Sunday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.
Game 4: vs. Costa Rican Pro Team, Monday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.

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Colorado will stay in San Jose the first five days of the trip and spend the last two in Los Suenos on the Pacific Coast before returning to Boulder on Thursday, Aug. 19.

Colorado has several excursions planned during its stay in Costa Rica including La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, a guided tour of San Jose, a coffee plantation tour and a zip line tour in Los Suenos.

Every four years, NCAA basketball teams can take an international tour during the summer months which allows for 10 practices and a handful of exhibition games. The Buffaloes will hold their final one of those 10 practice sessions on Wednesday before embarking to San Jose early Thursday morning.

Much as it did four years ago, this trip comes at a perfect timing for the Buffaloes. Colorado is coming off its third-straight 20-win season, finishing 23-9 overall and advancing to the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but the roster flips over to a new era in 2021-22. The Buffaloes’ scholarship roster is comprised of two seniors – Evan Battey and Eli Parquet – no juniors and 10 underclassmen.

Colorado’s 2021 class comes in ranked No. 11 in the nation by 247Sports. Three players – Quincy AllenLawson Lovering and KJ Simpson – are four-star, Top 100 recruits. Colorado Gatorade State Player of the Year Julian Hammond III and Javon Ruffin.

The 2017 class, which featured 1,000-point scorers McKinley Wright IVD’Shawn Schwartz and Tyler Bey, as well as Battey, took a trip to Italy before their freshman seasons.


August 4th

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Report: Spencer Dinwiddie signs three-year, $62 million contract with Washington Wizards

From ESPN … Free-agent guard Spencer Dinwiddie is nearing a deal with the Washington Wizards, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday. The deal is reportedly a three-year, $62 million contract.

The move would give the Wizards a replacement for Russell Westbrook, whom the team has agreed to trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dinwiddie, 28, played only three games for the Brooklyn Nets last season after suffering a partial tear of his right ACL against Charlotte on Dec. 27.

The injury required surgery and knocked him out for the rest of the season, and Dinwiddie later declined his $12.3 million player option for the 2021-22 season to become an unrestricted free agent.

After tearing his left ACL during his final season at Colorado in 2014, Dinwiddie spent two years with the Detroit Pistons before beginning the 2016-17 season in the G League.

It was from there that the Brooklyn Nets signed him, beginning a path that saw Dinwiddie become a 20-point-per-game scorer last season, offering a unique combination of size and skill as a 6-foot-5 point guard.

Mason Faulkner’s “career” at CU ends before it begins

From the Daily Camera … The Colorado men’s basketball team already was facing a dramatic youth infusion into its rotation for the 2021-22 season.

Now the Buffaloes have lost one of their more experienced backcourt options without seeing him play a single game in black and gold.

On Tuesday night, guard Mason Faulkner announced via his Instagram page that he is leaving CU in order to be closer to his family in Kentucky. It was unclear if Faulkner still intends to use his extra sixth season of eligibility, but reported Faulkner took an unofficial visit to Louisville on Tuesday.

Faulkner already has weathered a nomadic collegiate career, appearing in the 2017 NCAA Tournament as a freshman at Northern Kentucky. After two seasons at Northern Kentucky, Faulkner transferred to Western Carolina. Faulkner was a first team All-Southern Conference selection during the 2019-20 season for the Catamounts, averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.

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July 30th

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McKinley Wright goes undrafted; signs free agent deal with Minnesota

From the Daily Camera … McKinley Wright IV just wanted a team, any team, to give him a chance.

It turned out a familiar franchise was willing to grant Wright, a Minnesota native, that wish.

Although CU’s all-time assists leader didn’t hear his name during the 60-player NBA draft on Thursday night, ESPN reported soon afterward that Wright has agreed to a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

… Wright was hoping to become the 36th NBA draft pick in CU Buffs history, and he would have been the seventh under head coach Tad Boyle. That list includes Alec Burks (12th overall, 2011), Andre Roberson (26th, 2013), Spencer Dinwiddie (38th 2014), Derrick White (29th 2017), George King (59th 2018), Tyler Bey (36th 2020).

Wright left an indelible impression in the CU record book beyond his career assists mark (683), finishing his career ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,857), sixth in made field goals (668), and first in double-digit scoring games (109). Wright also ranks 10th in made 3-pointers (133), ninth in made free throws (388), tied for ninth in free throw percentage (.803), tied for 10th in steals (140), and tied for 20th in rebounds (644).

Wright’s 130 starts are tied for second all-time, and his 131 games played are tied for fifth. He also played the second-most minutes in program history (4,339), trailing all-time leader Cory Higgins (4,478). No other CU player collected more double-digit assist games than the 10 recorded by Wright.


July 20th

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Tad Boyle reflects on his time at CU: “You have to get guys that own the jersey in college”

From MileHighSports … After the intense basketball season that he’d just been through, Tad Boyle was looking forward to a day on the golf course. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas. What was supposed to be a fun 18-hole chat about basketball and life at CU turned into a tabletop conversation in the clubhouse.

“I’m bummed,” Tad says. “I love golf. I got to play 80 times last year.”

How many rounds do you normally get in a year?

“Maybe 20,” he says.

COVID has certainly changed a lot in the last year. Rather than hitting the road on the recruiting trail, Boyle – like a lot of Americans – opted for time outside on the course. He spent more time playing golf than he ever has in his time as the coach at CU. And as luck would have it, the Buffs advanced to the Pac-12 title game and advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He then turned around and picked up a top-10 recruiting class in the nation.

Tad should play more golf.

But as the rain fell at Colorado National Golf Club, the pristine home of the Buffs golf teams, it just wasn’t in the cards on this particular Monday. However, he had no problem sitting back and chatting about where the Buffs were when he arrived in Boulder, where they’ve gone since he’s been there and where else he wants to see the program go.

If only the conversation was beginning on the first tee box.

“I’d pepper it 250 right down the middle of the fairway,” Boyle says with a smile.

He’s not pretending (the scouting report on Boyle the golfer is that he’s got game). But for this round, we might have to – pretend, that is. Here’s how the round with Tad Boyle went.

Hole 1

Par 4 – 393 yards

Getting hired away from Northern Colorado and coming to Boulder

My fourth year at UNC, we won 25 games and our first year at UNC, we won four games. So, I knew that people were going to take notice of that, especially going from a Division II program that was not even eligible our first year in Division I to play in the postseason. If Devon Beitzel doesn’t get hurt and break his foot in the middle of February, I think we’re an NCAA tournament team that year, but we lost in the (conference) semis to Montana. They always say timing is everything in sports and in life, but after the season, Jeff Bzdelik took the Wake Forest job. If he would have taken it a year before, and we won 16 games, I’m probably not even on CU’s radar, but because we had won 25, (then-CU athletic director) Mike Bohn asked me if I’d be interested in talking about the job.

Hole 2 

Par 5 – 555 yards

On the importance of being a Colorado guy coaching a Colorado team

When I got the job, one question that I was asked at my press conference was, “What are you going to do when an in-state kid or family who asks you why you didn’t stay at Colorado to play college basketball?” And I said, without blinking, “I’m going to tell him not to make the same mistake I made by leaving the state.” The one thing you forget about, growing up in the state of Colorado, is you don’t appreciate it until you leave it. I think a lot of people that grew up in this state, they love Colorado, but there’s always that maybe; it’s the “grass is greener” type deal.

When I left to play college basketball, I realized how much I missed Colorado and all it has to offer. I also saw that how the tradition at Kansas, and the passion of the Kansas fans, is something that’s really special. And I’ve tried to bring as much of that to CU as I can. And we’re not done with that. We’ve made some really good strides since I’ve been here. It’s been 11 years, but the best is yet to come. As the CU Events Center can get packed on a nightly basis, people can feel the tradition starting to build. We still have to get to a Sweet 16. We still have to get to an Elite Eight. I’m hoping we can get to a Final Four before it’s all said and done. That’s the ultimate goal when you wake up in the morning.

Hole 3

Par 4 – 415 yards 

On if he recruits the kind of guys at Colorado that he would have liked to play with at Kansas

It’s hard for me to answer that because when you’re a player, you’re looking at it through a player’s eyes. As I look back when I played at Kansas and Coach (Larry) Brown was bringing in guys like Danny Manning and Cedric Hunter, the bottom line is you want to play with good players and good players make you a better coach or good players make you a better teammate, too. I was a hell of a lot better teammate with Danny Manny on my team than I was without him. You know what I mean? He made everybody else better, and I think that’s the biggest thing –  trying to attract guys that can help make each other better. It’s the old Magic Johnson line. Good players make themselves better; great players make those around them better. And we’ve had a lot of good players in Colorado and we’ve had a handful of great ones like Spencer Dinwiddie, McKinley Wright, who just graduated, Josh Scott, Derek White. They made the guys around them better.

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July 12th

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Projected Pac-12 basketball awards: Eli Parquet the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year

From Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News … Before we plunge into the names to watch in Pac-12 basketball, a few numbers for your consumption:

— Four of the top 20 scorers in the conference last season are back for another year.

— Three of the 15 players named to the all-conference teams last season are returning.

— Four of the top 50 recruits in the country are joining Pac-12 teams next season. (Gonzaga alone signed four of the top 53 prospects.)

Put another way: There’s a paucity of established stars and one-and-done talents.

The Pac-12’s success in 2021-22 depends heavily on role players morphing into impact players and on transfers making instant impacts.

Now, to our projections for postseason awards …

Defensive Player of the Year: Colorado G Eli Parquet. One of the top defenders in the conference last year is back for a run at DPOY. Averaged close to one steal per game and, at 6-foot-3, managed a whopping 23 blocked shots. Can defend multiple positions, including big wings. Also considered: UCLA’s Myles Johnson and Jaime Jaquez and Stanford’s Bryce Wills.

All-Conference – Second Team
F Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
F Evan Battey, Colorado
F Quincy Guerrier, Oregon
G/F Jaime Jaquez, UCLA*
G Tyger Campbell, UCLA*

All-Defense – First Team
C Myles Johnson, UCLA
F Efe Abogidi, Washington State
G/F Jaime Jaquez, UCLA
G Eli Parquet, Colorado
G Bryce Wills, Stanford

All-Freshman – First Team
C Lawson Lovering, Colorado

C Enoch Boakye, Arizona State
F Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
G/F Peyton Watson, UCLA
G K.J. Simpson, Colorado

All-Newcomer – Third Team
G Mason Faulkner, Colorado (Western Carolina)

G Terrell Brown, Washington (Arizona)
G Jacob Young, Oregon (Rutgers)
G Justin Kier, Arizona (Georgia)
G Jay Heath, Arizona State (Boston College)

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Woelk: Chauncey Billups and Jamahal Mosley take different paths to NBA head coaching positions

From … Colorado basketball hit center stage nationally again Monday when former Buffaloes standout Jamahl Mosley was officially introduced as the new head coach of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Paired with the June 28 hiring of former Buffs great Chauncey Billups by the Portland Trail Blazers, Mosley’s hiring puts CU in rarified company — currently, only three college programs can claim two current NBA head coaches.

The other two are Arizona (Golden State’s Steve Kerr and Sacramento’s Luke Walton) and Kentucky (LA Lakers’ Frank Vogel and Detroit’s Dwane Casey).

Both Billups and Mosley were recruited to Colorado and coached by Ricardo Patton at CU. (Joe Harrington was CU’s head coach when Billups signed, but Patton — then an assistant — is generally considered to be the coach responsible for keeping Billups in state).

The two missed playing together by just one season.

Billups, one of the most celebrated players in CU history, played two years at Colorado (1995-97), leading Patton’s Buffs to an NCAA Tournament bid and first-round win over Bobby Knight and Indiana in 1997. He then turned pro and was the third overall draft pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, selected by Boston.

Mosley played at CU from 1997-2001. A starter for most of his career, he is still in the top 30 all-time CU scorers (1,171 points), and his 22 rebounds against Missouri in 2001 are still the most ever in one game by a Buff in the CU Events Center (fourth on Colorado’s all-time single-game list).

“They both were incredibly hard workers from Day One,” Patton said. “If I had one wish, I wish Chauncey would have stayed one more year so he would have had a chance to play with Jamahl. I thought Jamahl had NBA potential when he came in, and I think it would have been great for them both to play together.”

But following their CU careers, the two traveled very different paths for the next two decades before being named NBA head coaches just two weeks apart.

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Wilner picks the Pac-12 (still no respect for CU)

From the San Jose Mercury News … If reading the Hotline’s outlook for the upcoming Pac-12 basketball season prompts eyes to roll or blood to boil, keep this in mind: We don’t pick ties, but they’re inevitable.

Last season, for example, there were two teams with six losses in conference play, and three teams with 10 losses.

Two years ago, the regular-season race ended with a two-team tie for third place, a two-team tie for fifth place and a three-team tie for eighth place.

And it will happen again this winter.

  • 1. UCLA
  • 2. Oregon
  • 3. USC
  • 4. Oregon State
  • 5. Washington State
  • 6. Colorado … There’s plenty to like in Boulder after 23-win season and round-of-32 appearance, but not necessarily for the upcoming season. In our view, CU is destined for a transition year while coach Tad Boyle seeks new on-court leadership and direction. So deep was McKinley Wright’s influence that his exit will have triple the impact typically seen when a point guard departs. The remaining pieces, including big man Evan Battey, shooter Jabari Walker and an impressive freshman class, are good enough to prevent a complete backslide.
  • 7. Arizona State
  • 8. Utah
  • 9. Arizona
  • 10. Stanford
  • 11. Washington
  • 12. California

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Second former Buff named NBA head coach – Jamahl Mosley to coach Orlando Magic

From ESPN … The Orlando Magic have named Jamahl Mosley the team’s new head coach.

Mosley, a Dallas Mavericks assistant, has agreed to a four-year deal, sources told ESPN.

The Magic are replacing Steve Clifford, who mutually parted with the team last month. Orlando had reached the playoffs in consecutive years before trade deadline deals including All-Star Nikola Vucevic (Chicago) and Evan Fournier (Boston) this season moved them into rebuilding mode.

The Magic’s search process had narrowed to two candidates, Mosley and Denver assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who has also emerged as one of the leading candidates for the Washington Wizards’ vacancy, sources said earlier this week.

Mosley, 42, spent the past seven years with the Mavericks under Carlisle, ultimately taking on the associate head coaching role. Mosley also served on the staffs of the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2014) and Denver Nuggets (2005-2010). Mosley’s offensive philosophy has been shaped under two Hall of Fame-level coaches: Carlisle and George Karl.

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4 Replies to “Colorado Basketball”

  1. I’d rather play the conference home games at end of the season. Especially this year when the young Buffs should be getting their act together. Road losses are less damaging than Home losses. Also I don’t understand the poll results regarding not paying attention to basketball until December. Cmon you can’t pay attention to more than one thing at a time? Especially since we’re closer to a basketball school than a football school.

  2. It comes down to the quarter system vs the semester system as to why we always play away games in the beginning of Jan. Quarter system starts right after the New Years Day (gotta squeeze in two quarters before summer), while the semester system starts mid to late Jan. No students, smaller crowds.

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