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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

July 6th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Colorado Buffaloes

 

Overall Rank: #127

Conference Rank: #11 Big 12

 

2005-06: 20-10, 9-7, 5th  

2005-06 postseason: NIT

 

Despite returning just four lettermen, Colorado has reason to hope with the return of Richard Roby.  After flirting with the NBA Draft, Roby will have the opportunity to lead a depleted squad through a rebuilding process. 

 

Whoís Out: Ten seniors were on the Buffaloes roster last season.  Throw in a transfer or two and we have a long, long list and tons of questions about Coach Ricardo Pattonís squad.  Starters Chris Copeland, Jayson Obauaye and Andy Osborn top the list of departures.  Martane Freeman, Julius Ashby, Glean Eddy, Antoine McGee, Scott Senger, Lamont Arrington and Billy Boidock have also run out of eligibility.  Calvin Williams and Kyle Carder have opted to transfer.

 

Whoís In: Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, a transfer from Ohio State, has had the starting power forward spot all but wrapped up since last year.  Jackson-Wilson only played in 11 games for the Buckeyes in 2004-2005, but he is an athletic player who can provide some much needed help on the glass.  The frontcourt also hopes that freshmen Sean Kowal and Marc Van Burck can supply some quality minutes.  The duo of 6-10 centers need to get stronger, but could find themselves thrown into the fire this season.  The wings were well covered in case Roby didnít return.  Jeremy Williams, Dale Vanwright and Xavier Silas will battle  for minutes at the two and three.  Williams, at 6-7, may end up seeing most of his floor time at the four and the finalist for the Mr. Tennessee award can help in the rebounding and blocking categories.   Vanwright and Silas, both of whom averaged over 20 points as seniors in high school, will provide more scoring options.  Combo guard Dwight Thorne is a solid ball handler, but that category in this class is dominated by Kal Bay.  Bay, a 6-1, 170 pounder from Tempe, Arizona is a great pickup for the Buffaloes.  He has great court vision, can pass with the best of them, shoot the long ball and turns the ball over less than a Colorado fan compliments Coach Ricardo Patton, which is not very often. 

 

Who to Watch: Roby isnít the only player returning to Boulder.  Senior Marcus Hall, who has been a starter since his sophomore campaign, will once again be running the show.  Hall averaged 8.7 points and 4.1 assists last season and has shown in the past that he can be a major scoring threat for Colorado.  Hall will need to hold together a team that has so many new faces and do his best to share the wealth and not just dish it off to Roby.

 

Final Projection: Guard Dominique Coleman and forward Marcus King-Stockton were roleplayers at best last year, but this season they will be expected to do much, much more.   King-Stockton will be a solid rebounder with more minutes, but he could be a liability on the offensive end.  Roby can only carry the team so far, and with a slew of newcomers, it will take some time for everybody to adjust.  Donít be surprised to see some freshmen starting sooner or later, but in the end, trading ten seniors for eight freshmen isnít going to produce a better record. 

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: none

 

Projected Starting Five:

Marcus Hall, Senior, Guard, 8.7 points per game

Dominique Coleman, Senior, Guard, 4.4 points per game

Richard Roby, Junior, Guard, 17.0 points per game

Jermyl Jackson-Wilson, Sophomore, Forward, DNP last season

Marcus King-Stockton, Junior, Forward, 1.8 points per game

 

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