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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…

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…

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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Owen McCown and Jordyn Tyson are leading a charge of young Buffs who will be seeing increased playing time in the near future. In Saturday’s game against UCLA, Colorado started quarterback Owen McCown, wide receiver Chase Sowell and left guard Van Wells. That was the first time the Buffs started three true freshmen on offense in the same game since…...

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BOULDER – Less than a week after the final game of his junior season, Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Isaiah Oliver announced via Twitter that he would forego his senior year and declare early for the NFL Draft. Oliver’s departure is a huge loss for CU’s defense, who will now be forced to fill the void of three departed starters in their…...

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(9) Juwann Winfree. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (23) Phil Lindsay. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (23) Phil Lindsay. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (13) KD Nixon. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (96) Terran Hasselbach. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (48) James Stefanou and (69) Devin Noth. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver) (1) Afolabi Laguda. (Credit: Sam Weaver, BSN Denver)...

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A season removed from an ACL tear that would cost him his first year as a Colorado Buffalo, redshirt junior Juwann Winfree was still watching much of the action from the sidelines. He struggled to make up ground behind the starters after his injury, and found himself relegated to a backup role among the vaunted ‘Black Out Boyz’. Winfree had…...

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BOULDER – The Colorado Buffaloes’ loss to Arizona State on the road was ugly in a lot of ways, and it just got uglier. In addition to relinquishing a 10-point lead multiple times, the Buffs also lost a stud offensive lineman during the back-and-forth battle. Tim Lynott Jr., who has played in several crucial spots for the Buffs this season,…...

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BOULDER – It was only 11 months ago that the ‘Rise’ was at its peak in Boulder. A 10-2 regular season had culminated in a conference championship game and awakened football fans in a small town in Colorado where basketball had been king for over a decade. The whole city was awash in black and gold, and buffalo-adorned fans regularly…...

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