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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 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…

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…

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…

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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Buffs basketball is nearly back. Evan Battey and Jabari Walker have moved on to the professional ranks while Elijah Parquet and Keeshawn Barthelemy hit the transfer portal leaving this year’s team with plenty of questions to answer. Who will jump in and fill the leadership void left by Battey? Who will lead the team in scoring? Do the Buffs have...

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BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes are very much a work in progress. Head coach Tad Boyle even quipped tonight, “this is why we normally have closed scrimmages… and we need a lot of time [before the season starts], man.” But hidden deep within a game where CU kept it close with division two Colorado School of Mines—before pulling it out late...

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BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes finalized their nonconference hoops schedule for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday. Some highlights include match-ups against five front range teams and contests against Big Ten and Big East opponents. The Buffs highlight might come in Cincinnati against Xavier on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Musketeers were upset 68-66 in Boulder by the Buffs last season and would go...

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On the 74th edition of the BSN Denver Colorado Buffaloes podcast Ryan Koenigsberg and Jake Shapiro discuss all the latest news from the Colorado Buffaloes. The two reviews the basketball program, their summer practice, their TBT team and their freshman. They also looked at Rick George’s recent press conference and went over the Top 20 Buffs....

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BOULDER – The 2017 Colorado Basketball recruiting class that Tad Boyle has brought in may be his best one yet. Tyler Bey, D’Shawn Schwartz, Evan Battey or McKinley Wright (Lazar Nikolic has yet to arrive) all bring something different to the table. But one guy really stands out, the Colorado native D’Shawn Schwartz, due to his ability to flat out...

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On the 73rd edition of the BSN Denver Colorado Buffaloes podcast Ryan Koenigsberg, Allie Monroy, and Jake Shapiro discuss all the latest news from the Colorado Buffaloes. The crew reviews the basketball program, their summer practice, their TBT team and their star getting drafted in the first round. They also ask what would make 2017 a successful year for the football...

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On the 71st edition of the BSN Denver Colorado Buffaloes podcast , Allie Monroy and Jake Shapiro discuss all the latest news from the Colorado Buffaloes. They talked about the eight Buffs selected for the preseason All-Pac-12 teams and CU players practicing with the Nuggets.

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