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A Quick Look at the 2013 Recruiting Class

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Recruiting Central' started by Buffnik, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    1. Jaron Hopkins
    Hopkins gives us a big combo guard at 6'5" who has elite athleticism. "Explosive" is the term most often used to describe him. He chose the Buffs over offers from Pac-12 programs Arizona and Wazzu along with several other national offers. Rated as a 3* or 4* player, the general consensus of the recruiting sites is that he's right on the edge of top 100 overall. Hopkins is lethal in the open court and the best parts of his half court game are the mid-range and his ability to finish at the basket (highlight reel dunks, floaters, and runners).

    2. Dustin Thomas
    With Thomas, we get a long forward at 6'8" and 210 lbs who has the tools to play the "3" and "4" in the Dre/XJ role. He chose the Buffs over an offer from Oklahoma. Very skilled catch and pop player who has some range to his jumper and can also mix it up in the post. Rated as a 3* or 4* player on the recruiting sites and a Top 150 talent, Thomas hit a late growth spurt of 4" that turned him into a high D1 player

    3. Tre'Shaun Lexing
    Here we got another versatile player who can play the "2" or the "3". Also offered by Pac-12 rivals UCLA, ASU, OSU and Wazzu along with top mid-major programs in the west such as Gonzaga and Santa Clara, Lexing is generally considered a 3*, top 30 SF and top 200 overall prospect by all of the recruiting services. What we're getting here is a 6'6" athletic wing with a great first step to get to the basket.

    This is a huge upgrade to the overall athleticism of our team and will also provide Tad with a ton of lineup versatility. We're developing a roster that can run teams into the ground, create matchup problems all over the court, and put a ton of defensive pressure on opponents by jumping passing lanes with superior athleticism and length. This is going to be exciting basketball for fans and, most importantly, winning basketball.

    As far as our 2013 lineup is concerned, we really only had 1 scholarship that was definitely available (graduation of Sabatino Chen). By taking 3, it's clear that Tad knows something we don't. An educated guess would be that it's a certainty that Dre will be going pro after this season. Therefore, we had a need for a player like Thomas who can play Dre's hybrid forward position. The third spot is more difficult to figure out.

    Here's the roster for 2013 as we know it:

    Seniors: Jeremy Adams, Shane Harris-Tunks, Ben Mills
    Juniors: Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie
    Sophs: Wesley Gordon, Chris Jenkins, Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Eli Stalzer
    Frosh: Jaron Hopkins, Tre'Shaun Lexing, Xavier Talton (RS), Dustin Thomas

    Most likely, it's going to be one of the projected seniors graduating early or transferring that opens up that spot in the freshman class.

    Tad is in on several game changers for the 2014 class. It's looking like we'll only have 2 definite openings. My suspicion is that Spencer will go pro after 2013 and we'll have room for 3 recruits. I'd expect 2 guards and a big in that class. Future is bright, folks. This is a program that is looking like it will be able to match up with anyone and be an annual participant in the Dance with a shot of going deep with the right draw.
     
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    tante Club Member Club Member

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    This might be the most overall talent we have ever had on a single roster at CU. You football fans are going to see what recruiting great talent, coaching them well and playing hard looks like.
     
  3. btbuff

    btbuff It's an inside joke Club Member

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    Good writeup. Athleticism is not going to be the problem in future years.
     
  4. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    This all falls in the category of WOW. It's been incredible to watch the turn around, the massive change, from just a few short years ago.
     
  5. hoop'er

    hoop'er New Member

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    Good info. Tad is doing a great job. Looking forward to the basketball seasons to come.
     
  6. BuffHerd

    BuffHerd Club Member Club Member

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    Tad is amazing. Is it time to extend or rework that contract yet?
     
  7. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    shorter Buffnik:
     
  8. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I had a feeling when I got on the plane to go out of town this weekend that Lexing would commit. Nice to see that it's not just a Buffnik thing anymore.
     
  9. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Boulder put on a show for Lexing. Literally the perfect fall weekend weather wise.
     
  10. SECOBuffsFan

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    This is so exciting...I have always wanted for the basketball program to step up and be big time. We are well on our way to just that.
     
  11. rosstr

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    Everything that football isn't, basketball is becoming. The talent in Boulder Tad is bringing is incredible. With Tad we will not only become the class of the Pac12, but final four contenders.

    Buckle up. Ralphie is running to the Final Four!
     
  12. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    Without taking anything away from Tad and his staff, we still are not recruiting at the top of the PAC12 (i.e. UCLA and 'Zona). We are firmly in line to compete with Stanford, Cal, UW, OSU and Oregon right now. ASU and USC also picking things up. And you still SDSU, Gonzaga, etc doing what they do out west.

    It's a huge step forward from where we were and I think Tad is getting his kind of players that will make us an NCAA team more years than not going forward. I'd say it's a little early to be talking "final four" or even "class of the Pac12" there rosstr....
     
  13. btbuff

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    We recruit with the middle of the pack and out coach the top seeds. Could be a winning formula...
     
  14. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    3rd ranked recruiting class in the conference is not middle of the pack.

    There's clearly a 1st tier with UA and UCLA, but CU is now firmly entrenched in that 2nd tier.
     
  15. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    Agree.

    We may not be the most talented team in the PAC overall but the players we are bringing in are talented enough that with quality coaching we should be able to compete on the floor with the best teams in the conference. There is a point at which no matter how well you play the top teams are going to beat you if they play well, we are moving above that point.
     
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    tante Club Member Club Member

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    I would rather have three years with Dre or Spencer than one with shabazz.
     

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