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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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In the first game of the 2020-2021 season, Colorado did not take long to hit its stride.

In fact, the Buffaloes came out in what looked like mid-season form as they controlled both ends of the floor. Eight players played over 15 minutes in the game, with nine players notching an assist.

In short, the Buffs played great team basketball, beating South Dakota 84-61.

Here are a few main takeaways from the impressive opening victory:

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BOULDER — At last, the day has come.

At 6 p.m., the Colorado Buffaloes will tip-off their 2020-2021 basketball season, taking on South Dakota in round one of the inaugural Little Apple Classic.

While taking on two inferior opponents on paper, the Buffs have a great chance to iron out early mistakes and build chemistry among this fairly young team. With games against South Dakota, Colorado should come away from this week undefeated while still learning a lot about this roster.

Here are three things to watch for this week:

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BOULDER — With snow becoming more frequent and temperatures dropping, only one thing comes to mind: college basketball is back.

In a year unlike any other, 2020 has brought its share of woes. It feels like just yesterday that college basketball postseason festivities were cancelled out of the blue.

And what was one of the last completed college basketball game, you may ask? A Colorado Buffaloes loss in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. A loss that completed a five-game skid for the Buffs after a very promising campaign.

Since this was the last time anyone saw Colorado compete, it makes sense to temper expectations for a squad that skyrocketed up rankings during the season just to lose all momentum in the final month.

But there is hope – the 2020-2021 Colorado Buffaloes may just be stronger top-to-bottom than before, and they're primed to put together another 20-win season and return to the big dance.

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BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team signed four players to  their 2021 recruiting class, Wednesday morning.

These four players make up an incredible haul for head coach Tad Boyle and Co., as their 2021 class is ranked 4th in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation by 247Sports. In short, Colorado has a lot to be excited about for the future of their basketball program.

So, let's dive in and meet these guys:

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Viewers were given an inside look at Colorado’s game against Oregon State, Saturday night. Both head coaches, Tad Boyle of Colorado and Wayne Tinkle of Oregon State, wore microphones all night, and the audio was shared live on FS1’s “All-Access” broadcast. “It was kind of a neat experience for our fans but for me, our players it was just another...

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BOULDER — Before the No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes took on the Northern Iowa Panthers at the CU Events Center Tuesday night, Buffs head coach Tad Boyle laid out the defensive gameplan.

The most important point Boyle tried to make was that Colorado had to take away Northern Iowa's 3-point attempts. The next most important point was to take away offensive rebounds.

Those were the keys to victory.

Then, in the first six-and-a-half minutes of the game, Panthers forward Austin Phyfe pulled in four offensive rebounds.

"That's hard to do," Boyle said after the game. "That might be an NCAA record."

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College basketball season tipped-off with a bang Friday night in China as the Colorado Buffaloes took on the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Buffs avoided a second-half comeback attempt to win 81-71 victory. The Buffs controlled the tempo for the majority of the game, and have a lot to build on as they head back to Boulder.

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BOULDER — "The heart of a champion," "The heart of a lion," "The straw that stirs the drink."

No matter what phrase head coach Tad Boyle used to describe his star player during Buffaloes' basketball media day back on Oct. 16, one point was driven home clearly—McKinley Wright is looking to drive this team to new heights.

Boyle is entering his tenth season as head coach at Colorado and believes this team is prepared to build off of last years' late-season success, leading fans to wonder just how much this team can accomplish.

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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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