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Bigger surprise this season - Yaz or King?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Jan 19, 2016.

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Bigger pleasant surprise -- Yaz or King?

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    With Yaz, all we had to go on was some black & white film of him doing drills. Tad hadn't even seen him play live, I don't think. He was a Hail Mary at the end of the recruiting cycle and not many of us expected much out of him as a freshman.

    With King, we have another late recruiting addition who came out of nowhere by putting on an offensive show with his traveling team when they visited Colorado. Freshman year we saw a gunner who didn't make shots, rushed things, and was pretty much a missed shot & turnover machine. Then he sat out last year to redshirt. Offseason reports were that he was balling out and was a prolific scorer, but we know how reliable offseason reports can be on stuff like that (*cough* Dustin Thomas *cough*).

    So which player is the bigger pleasant surprise to you this year -- Yaz or King?
     
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  2. boulder77

    boulder77 Certified Organic Club Member

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    With GMFK, we at least saw him play for a year and had all of the "glowing reports" coming out during his redshirt year. So, his early performances certainly raised some eyebrows, but it's not like he came out of nowhere to do it. With Yaz, it's all gravy since no one seems to have seen him play live, or had any idea of how he would perform at this level. I vote Yaz as the bigger pleasant surprise.
     
  3. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    Yaz should start over Dom
     
  4. scoob

    scoob Club Member Club Member

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    I thought Yaz would be Stalzer for a couple years and maybe develop into Talton by his senior season. I was very wrong.

    It was hard to ignore King's talent. I was more surprised by his horrible freshman season than this breakout this year.
     
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  5. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Yaz. GMFK was still a surprise, but there were still people saying he had the tools and could help us (Tad included). Yaz is pushing for a starting spot right now, especially if he continues to play defense. That's incredible.

    In case anyone missed it, Tad was sitting Dom on the defensive end at the end of the Oregon game, not Yaz or XT. That's telling.
     
  6. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Really tough/spliting hairs between the two but if you had told me King would have been our second leading scorer, have won us a couple games, and have Soph year offensive numbers only surpassed by guys we put in the league vs Yaz being a solid frosh contributor - I'd have gone with King being the less likely of those 2
     
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    Thrilled with both, but based off the fact I had no expectations at all for Yaz, I'd say King is the bigger surprise.
     
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  8. scoob

    scoob Club Member Club Member

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    Before King's frosh season, some CU players played in a ProAm and there was an entire game filmed and posted on YouTube and I'm pretty sure on allbuffs as well. I've been trying to dig it up eith no luck. Rep to anyone that can find it.

    Anyway, King was an absolute terror offensively in that video and his tools were undeniable. Nobody played any defense, and unfortunately, GK apparently brought that mindset to Boulder his freshman year and probably didn't sit well with Tad's philosophy.

    Does anybody else remember seeing that?
     
  9. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    I recall the reports, but not seeing the video. A couple guys close to the program even as late as last year were questioning if King would ever "get it" when it came to the college game. The comments weren't charitable so i wont re-post them.
     
  10. BuffG

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    Never thought King would be this deadly from 3. That's the biggest surprise.
    There was more than training vids on Yaz. In fact, there was more info/videos on him than your typical 3 * recruit. There's YouTube videos of him playing against u18 Italy & other teams in u16-u18 Euros. He was part of a pro team in a large city. Compare that to a 4 minute video of J-Hop dunking on 5'10 kids from suburban Arizona. Not surprised at all by Yaz.
     
  11. scoob

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    Quite frankly, I'm still not sure he "gets it" a lot of the time. If he ever does, watch out. If not, it's something I can happily live with for the next two and a half years.
     
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  12. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Yaz is getting more minutes than expected and is generating some fantastic assists. He has so much upside over his college career.

    King seems like he has NBA potential. We heard rumblings last season during King's red shirt year about how special and physical He was in practice. He's living up to that reputation.

    As to the OP, I give my nod to Yaz for coming out of nowhere and steeling Dom's minutes.

    But if I'm picking players on the playground and both are available, I'm grabbing GMFK.
     
  13. BuffsNYC

    BuffsNYC Uptown Club Member

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    I expected Yaz to be good. He's a professional. It really is night and day how young players learn the game in Europe vs. the USA. King was a surprise, I was fearing something similar to JHOP.
     
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  15. Hoops Fan

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    Yaz is the biggest IMHO ... felt that King would be good ... and he has exceeded expectations. But I thought that Yaz would take a year to get acclimated and that his ceiling might have been lower ... but he has already blown by that.
     
  16. Buffalo Brad

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    King for me. Kid gets told to take redshirt and then comes back to be our second biggest scoring threat is fabulous. We were wondering how we were going to replace scoring loses and he steps in like it was nothing. Did not expect it at all
     

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