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J’Vonne Hadley’s journey to Boulder took a couple of detours through Northeastern and Indian Hills Community College but this season he has cemented himself as one of Colorado’s more impactful players. Coming into 2022-2023, Colorado had to replace starters Jabari Walker and Evan Battey after both moved on to the next level. Head coach Tad Boyle was vocal in the…

The commitments of Cody Williams and Assane Diop to Boulder and head coach Tad Boyle have Colorado’s basketball program riding a massive wave of momentum.

Even with the 2022-2023 team’s inconsistency so far, it’s tantalizing to imagine how all these pieces are going to fit together for 2023-2024.

Duvalier “Dev” Johnson, Content Specialist for Prep Hoods, has offered his analysis and insight to break down exactly what CU is getting from Cody Williams and Assane Diop.

Jake: What kind of player is Assane Diop right now?

Dev:  Assane Diop checks off every single box that you want in a basketball player. He is a smooth and agile 6'10 player that puts the team first and truly loves the game. He is capable of stepping out and knocking down the 3-ball, is an athletic defender and is an excellent passer. You don't typically get playmakers at 6'10 that you can put the ball in their hands and they can make things happen and that is what separates Diop. He uses his long and slender frame to defend positions 1 through 4 and he moves his feet well to stay in front of defenders. Diop is an intriguing athlete with the right tools and he is going to benefit greatly from a program that allows players with his size to explore his game a bit.

Jake: What about Cody Williams?

Dev: In Cody Williams, Colorado is getting a humble competitor and winner. Williams led Perry to their 1st state championship. He is a balanced player that has all of the tools and with his size and ability to take over, Colorado is getting a player that they will be able to run an offense through. Williams is a hard worker that competes at a high level and is able to knock down the 3-ball but also gets into the open court to show off his athleticism.

He has the tools to be an elite defender who can stay in front of his defender, can guard multiple positions, and challenges himself on that end of the floor. What you don't see in the stat books but really pops is that you can tell that Williams is big on family as he spoke about the connectedness and togetherness of the Colorado men's basketball team and he wants to add and build on that culture. Colorado getting their first 5-star recruit that truly seems to be into what it is they are building is a tell-tale sign of great things to come. The future looks bright in Boulder.

Cody Williams scored 28 points in this showing against the Florida Rebels in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. The full video can be seen here.

Jake: What is the ceiling for Cody Williams?

Dev: The ceiling for Williams is...

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The Colorado Buffaloes wrap up the 2022 season on Saturday against the Utah Utes and thus begins the bitter-sweet process of saying goodbye to this year’s seniors. In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, interim head coach Mike Sanford mentioned each and every senior that will be suiting up as a Buff for the last time this weekend. The 18 seniors that will be honored on Saturday are Daniel Arias, Robert Barnes, Derek Bedell, Tommy Brown, Josh Chandler-Semedo, Frank Filip, Alex Fontenot, Justin Jackson, Jaylon Jackson, Terrance Lang, Isaiah Lewis, Anthony Lyle, Jamar Montgomery, Quinn Perry, Brady Russell, RJ Sneed, Jaylen Striker, Guy Thomas and Mac Willis. Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Brady Russell opened up about his feelings for…

The Buffs’ performance at the Myrtle Beach Invitational was as entertaining as it was confusing. The highlight of the tournament was Friday’s huge 103-75 upset win over the #24 Texas A&M Aggies. But the high of that win was dragged down by Colorado’s disappointing losses against UMass on Thursday and Boise State on Sunday. To try and make sense of the Buffs’ extreme up-and-down nature, here are three takeaways from Colorado’s play at last weekend’s Myrtle Beach Invitational. CU will go as far as KJ Simpson can take them On November 13th against the then #11 ranked Tennessee Volunteers, KJ Simpson achieved career highs in points (23) and rebounds (10) to earn his first career double-double. Simpson topped that performance…

November continues on and so do the Buffs as they navigate their way through their toughest month on the schedule. Colorado will be making the trip to Seattle to take on the 17th-ranked Washington Huskies and the nation’s leading passer in Michael Penix Jr. Penix and the Huskies are coming off of a massive upset win in Eugene over the Oregon Ducks where Penix threw for 408 yards, completed 75.3% of his passes and threw for two touchdowns and one interception. This week will be the third week in a row that Colorado will face off against one of the premier quarterbacks in the country and interim head coach Mike Sanford spoke about the challenges Penix and the Huskies present.…

Roll Tad. Four-star recruit Assane Diop committed to the University of Colorado on Tuesday afternoon. Colorado basketball secured their first five-star recruit in the Tad Boyle era in Cody Williams on November 9th. Three-star recruit Courtney Anderson also committed to the Buffs on September 23rd. Head coach Tad Boyle has assembled one of the best recruiting classes in Colorado basketball history. Following Diop’s commitment, the Buffs have the 15th overall 2023 recruiting class according to 247sports.com. CU is currently listed at 28th overall on on3.com’s 2023 recruiting class rankings. In a press release, Boyle spoke about Diop’s commitment. “Really excited about Assane Diop,” Boyle said. “He’s a terrific young man. First of all, great personality, and he’s going to be…

CU basketball fans were on one crazy emotional roller coaster last weekend. Colorado’s early season road trip got off to a rough start on Friday night against Grambling. Just over five minutes into the first half the Buffs were down 15-6 and the Grambling State Tigers maintained that cushion until the final buzzer. It was a disappointing 83-74 loss where Colorado struggled to find a rhythm and shot themselves in the foot with turnovers. Come Sunday afternoon, the Grambling game was an afterthought. The Buffs’ 78-66 upset win over the 11th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday was the first time CU had beaten a ranked team away from Boulder in three years. The highs were high and the lows were low…

After the Buffs lost their best offensive player in Jordyn Tyson, Colorado faces a double whammy as they are on a short week and have to travel to Los Angeles to take on USC. Colorado is entering Friday night’s matchup as 34-point underdogs and even after last week’s blowout against Oregon, interim head coach Mike Sanford is doing well to block outside noise. “Nobody’s going to give us a chance but we’re going to go in there with belief,” Sanford said. “That’s what this week’s preparations have been about.” While it may seem like the Buffs are walking into a buzzsaw, going back to southern California is a homecoming of sorts for many players on Colorado’s roster. One of those…

Five-star small forward Cody Williams has committed to the University of Colorado. Williams is the first five-star recruit to commit to Colorado under head coach Tad Boyle’s 13-year tenure. He is the younger brother of Jalen Williams who was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft out of Santa Clara. According to ESPN, Williams is the 14th overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class. He is the number three overall small forward recruit in the nation and Arizona’s highest-rated recruit this year. Williams spoke to ESPN shortly after his commitment. “The program and the players are very connected, and they have built a great culture,” Williams told ESPN. “I see myself…

Colorado’s men’s basketball team got off on the right foot in their season opener against UC Riverside on Monday evening. The Buffs beat the Highlanders 82-66 where multiple newcomers impressed and familiar faces delivered performances that Buff Nation has come to expect. Head coach Tad Boyle is in his thirteenth season as Colorado’s leader and provided great insight on what went well and what needs to be improved after Monday’s win. Here are three takeaways from CU’s home opening win. All three incoming transfers had an immediate impact The Buffs welcomed three veteran players this year via the transfer portal. The most impactful of the three on Monday was without a doubt J’Vonne Hadley. Hadley led the Buffs in points…

Last Saturday against Oregon, Jordyn Tyson had the best game of his career until he went down with an injury in the fourth quarter. Colorado’s interim head coach, Mike Sanford, was not optimistic about Tyson’s injury in the post-game press conference after the Buffs’ loss to Oregon. In a Zoom conference with Buffs’ media on Sunday night, Sanford confirmed Buff Nation’s worst fear. “It’s going to be a season-ending injury for Jordyn,” Sanford said. “[It’s a] lower leg injury. The future is very bright for him and we expect him to make a full recovery.” While coach Sanford was coy with the details about Tyson’s injury he added that the injury was, “nothing out of the norm with regards to…

The leaves are turning, the World Series is on TV and it’s getting colder. It must be November. For the Colorado Buffaloes, November brings on four opportunities for the Buffs to prove themselves against the PAC-12’s best. The Buffs’ focus is on Oregon this weekend but will face USC, Washington and Utah in that order this month. In last week’s homecoming game against Arizona State, Colorado showed a willingness to fight when they were down by 22 points late in the fourth quarter. They’re going to need all of that fight and then some with the number eight team in the country coming to Folsom Field this Saturday in the Oregon Ducks. The Buffs are 31.5-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s…

At Tuesday’s weekly press conference, Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford’s main talking points weren’t as much about Arizona State or Oregon but rather name, image and likeness (NIL). Last Friday, the Buffs4Life Foundation alongside the University of Colorado announced the Buffs4Life NIL Collective. Buffs4Life was created to aid former Colorado student-athletes and provide a community that could provide those former student-athletes with financial assistance and mental health resources. Now that effort has been expanded to provide assistance to current CU student-athletes. “I believe that what Buffs4Life and the collective put forth at the end of last week is a game-changing narrative for our program,” Sanford said. Colorado has lagged behind the rest of the country in terms of adjusting…

In his final year of eligibility, Tommy Brown made the decision to join Colorado football as a graduate transfer. The former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman was a big acquisition for the Buffs and has solidified their right guard position this season. While the Buffs’ may not be winning often on the field, Brown is absolutely winning off of it. In March, Brown made his modeling debut with Boulder-based underwear company Shinesty. That was only the start of their partnership. On Friday, Shinesty announced that they have made Brown the first college football player to become a professional underwear supermodel. In a press release about Brown’s NIL deal, Shinesty’s Creative Director Ben Lauderdale stated why Shinesty chose Brown. “Why pick…

The injuries at running back and quarterback have placed the Buffs into a tough predicament. Offensively, Colorado has struggled in every game this season but after Owen McCown’s injury against Cal, J.T. Shrout played and led well in relief of McCown. Shrout struggled last weekend against Oregon State who was the latest opponent to get out in front of the Buffs early and put a stranglehold on Colorado. It’s unclear who will start at quarterback for both the Sun Devils and the Buffs this week in a matchup of two teams who could be playing for their last win of the season. Colorado’s interim offensive coordinator, Clay Patterson spoke about the offense and the troubles they’ve had throughout the season…

Coming off of the momentum generated by interim head coach Mike Sanford’s energy and the Buffs’ first win of the season against Cal, Colorado fell flat last Saturday against Oregon State. It was a painful 42-9 loss that was a reminder of the first five games of the season under Karl Dorrell’s lead. Last week’s loss was a tough pill...

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Through the first five games of 2022, the Buffs had the worse defense in the CFB. Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson was let go alongside Karl Dorrell and the keys to the defense were handed over to interim defensive coordinator Gerald Chatman. Chatman had his work cut out for him over the bye week to make the defense serviceable and he...

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Last Saturday’s win will live in the memories of every CU fan, coach and player for the foreseeable future. Interim head coach Mike Sanford’s energy has got the Buffs on a wave of momentum but a trip to Oregon State is on the schedule this weekend and could prove to be difficult for the Buffs in more ways than one....

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Brendon Lewis suited up as a Colorado Buffalo for the final time on Saturday. After sliding down to third on the quarterback depth chart, Lewis made the decision to enter the transfer portal on Tuesday. In a statement Lewis posted to Twitter, the former Buffs’ quarterback said, “Over the various changes I’ve encountered throughout my three years at CU, I’ve...

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Before Buffs’ football won their first game of the season on Saturday, head coach Tad Boyle and the men’s basketball team took the court for an intrasquad scrimmage. Buffs’ basketball is still very much in pre-season mode as many players struggled to consistently hit shots Saturday morning. While there were no recorded stats from the scrimmage, here are five takeaways...

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