The race for starting roster and game rotation has surpassed the preseason halfway point for the Colorado men’s basketball team.
With the first of two preseason show games less than two weeks ago, the Buffaloes took another step to solidify their 2021-22 rotation by hosting their annual roster attack Saturday morning at the CU Events Center.
“Teams at the top of the leaderboard seemed to be getting the ball in paint and they came to the free throw line,” said CU head coach Tad Boyle. “The teams that didn’t succeed were accepting shots and not putting too much foul pressure on the other team and they couldn’t get the ball into the paint. We have to learn from this offensively.
“This is an opportunity to get a lot of movies in the box so to speak, and we can evaluate and analyze it and help us get our young guys up to speed. Because we’re going to have to play with some young, inexperienced guys, there’s no doubt about it.”
The Buffs played two 20-minute halves on Saturday morning with free substitutions and even a few midgame players switching sides.
However, with the Black Team opening against Evan Battey, Tristan da Silva, Nique Clifford, KJ Simpson, and Keeshawn Barthelemy, and the White Team’s first players Lawson Lovering, Julian Hammond, Luke O’Brien, the starting combinations in each half remained relatively intact. , Jabari Walker and Elijah Parke.
To begin the second half, the Black Team consisted of Battey, da Silva, Walker, Parke and Barthelemy, with all four of the active freshmen starting for the White Team – Simpson, Hammond, Lovering and Javon Ruffin with O’Brien.
“I want to keep an open mind to everyone, so it should dictate playtime,” Boyle said. “We have a lot of talented guys. They tell me who can shoot. They tell me who can protect me. They tell me who can come back. They tell me who can pass and who can hold the ball. I won’t tell them, they will tell me. That’s what practice is for, then offense… I think we’ll feel better after Saturday.”
Preventing something unexpected and unfortunate, Battey prepares to join the special zone before the holidays.
The veteran striker will enter the season with 899 career points and needs just 101 more points to become the 38th 1000-point player in program history. By reaching this milestone, Battey will add another impressive achievement to the historical book of the 2017 recruiting class.
Three players from the class of 2017 have already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with former quarterback McKinley Wright IV, Tyler Bey, and D’Shawn Schwartz, who reached this milestone during their NCAA Tournament win against Georgetown in March.
In the history of CU men’s basketball, no three 1,000-point scorers have appeared in any recruiting class. If or whenever Battey joins that club, he will incredibly raise the bar for a current top-notch class with the potential to run at that point.
“It will be a good night when it does, but mostly for our ex-men who have already left,” Battey said. “It speaks to the level of commitment we have had from the first day we joined this program. The level of commitment is the level of trust we have in our teammates. These guys – McKinley, D’Shawn, Tyler – are pretty hardworking guys. That’s all the work we put into getting to this point. He also talks to our teammates. We’re nothing without our teammates and I’m very happy to have the best of them.”
The buffs are scheduled to be closed on Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday CU will host the media day for men’s and women’s basketball programs…Simpson presented one of the game’s most important individual highlights right after the opening tip, recorded a midfield steal and made the game an athletic layup. making a spin move in the pass before finishing with