Ski averaged 19.3 points per game in the tourney and had a career high 23 points in the championship game against Murray State to lead the Buffs home. Unfortunately, after the tournament, things went a bit off the rails for Ski, ultimately ending with him shooting only 32% in Pac-12 play last season. He was frustrated, Tad was frustrated, the fans were frustrated. All in all, it was a bad situation. But there’s good news on the horizon. I’m a firm believer that Ski is probably the biggest gym rat on the team. You hear about it all the time. No one wants it more than him. So you know he’s working hard. Along with that, according to the KenPom comparable players page, Ski should be due for a bounce back year. The five most similar players to Ski’s season last year according to KenPom are 2007 Rasheem Barrett (Auburn), 2011 Ramon Galloway (South Carolina), 2008 Tajuan Porter (Oregon), 2012 Chrishawn Hopkins (Butler) and 2013 Chasson Randle (Stanford). For this statistical comparison, I’m getting rid of the last two – Hopkins because he was dismissed from Butler after the 2012 season and ended up redshirting last year at Wright State and Randle because he has yet to play the 2014 season so we don’t know how his numbers changed from 2013 to 2014. Comparing the other three players seasons that were Ski comparisons to their follow up campaigns, there’s reason for optimism. All of them increased their offensive rating, their eFG% and their true shooting % - the numbers that cause the most concern for Ski last year. So, if those numbers line up for Ski, this is what we could be looking at: Now, I do want to say that even if he does improve on those numbers, his “traditional” stats may not change much. With as much depth as the Buffs have this year, even with the supposed new faster pace, Ski may not improve on his 12.4 points per game last year. That said, if he’s shooting at a better efficiency, the team probably won’t need him to. Also, I seriously doubt that Ski will be getting 35 mpg, so I think that that number is exaggerated by Ramon Galloway's dramatic uptick in minutes. The other two players stayed with roughly the same amount of PT - and I expect the same for Ski. All things said, the numbers indicate that we should see a new Ski next season – one that will make all Buff fans happy.