CU Buffs Basketball


Things didn’t go totally according to plan this year with Colorado coming up short of the NCAA tournament’s field of 68. However, an opportunity still presented itself for this young squad in the form of an NIT invite. CU hosted two NIT games the past week, defeating Seton Hall in the first round before falling to Utah Valley in the…

Inconsistency has been the Colorado men’s basketball team’s calling card this season. After winning massive early season non-conference games against Tennessee and Texas A&M, the Buffs have disappointed in conference play. With only a couple of weeks left before tournament season, Will Darkey shared his thoughts on the season so far and which players and teams are worth keeping an…

Following KJ Simpson’s game-winner against Washington State, CU looked to capitalize on that big-time moment and start a new win streak in their trip up to Oregon.  The Ducks and Beavers had different plans. Colorado finished their latest road trip 0-2, losing both contests in close efforts. As the Buffs continue to slip further down the Pac-12 standings, concern starts…

After two tough losses out west last week, Colorado looked to rebound with a two-game homestand hosting the Washington schools. The much-needed rebound eventually came on Sunday when Washington State came to town. However, Thursday’s troubling loss to Washington further exposed the Buffs’ weaknesses and now CU finds themselves toward the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. With another week in…

2023 is shaping up to be a year to remember for fans of the Colorado Buffaloes. Coach Prime is completely re-shaping and re-doing the football program and Tad Boyle has Buffs basketball on a role when it comes to the recruiting trail. Both programs are in great shape. With that being said, here are 20 predictions ahead of 2023. 1.…...

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Colorado’s men’s basketball team stumbled into the new year on a low note. After winning their first conference game of the season at Stanford, CU left Buff Nation shaking their heads after a puzzling loss to the lowly Cal Golden Bears. It was once again another volatile week for this unpredictable Buff team, and with that volatility comes three takeaways…

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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