On freshman guard Dominique Collier: "Dom is going to be great. He's stronger than he was three or four months ago, but he's still got a long way to go in terms of his physical strength. But his skill set is terrific. With his ability to handle the ball and pass the ball, Dom's going to be fine."
"To be honest, I don’t know my role yet," he said. "It’s too early. It’s only June; we’ve got, what, almost six months until the season starts? It’s yet to be decided. What I’m here to do is make an early impact if I can. Whether it’s on the floor, off the floor, in practice, in the classroom, wherever. I only want to help the team succeed in whatever we do and win championships."
Last season, Boyle saw flashes of Booker being able to excel in that role.
"I thought he had a stretch after Spencer went down where he was really good," Boyle said, referring to Booker's decision making and pass-first mentality. "But it was hit and miss outside of that stretch. It all comes back to mentality and understanding what the coaching staff wants, what the team wants, what the team needs and having that understanding. If he can be on the same page as we are, there won't be any problems."
Dinwiddie handles the ball really well for a 6’6 guard and can pass or create off the bounce in solid dosages. While not a blazing fast guard, he does possess enough versatility and average athleticism to create off pick-and-rolls and either shoot from mid-range, three, or create for others.
"Whoever drafts me is going to have to have faith in me not just as a basketball player but as a person," Dinwiddie says. "For them to do that, coming off the injury, that's going to be a very big deal to me, and it's going to make me want to give my heart and soul to that team."
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado: Spencer Dinwiddie's draft stock took a huge hit when he tore up his knee, and you're grabbing a guy who may need another year before he is strong enough to be himself again. But he's a great, natural playmaker with the ball. He was a fantastic 3-point shooter at Colorado and he can score by driving to the basket. It's just hard to project how good he can still be without knowing how strong his knee will be.
But Dinwiddie is well ahead of schedule, according to both Vidal and Paine. He’s been sprinting on a treadmill, and recently began double-leg jumping without any pain or setbacks. One reason he decided to go the pro route was he was able to get professional-level rehab with a noted expert such as Paine rather than having to rely on a college staff that doesn’t have the same level of experience and resources.
5. Spencer Dinwiddie (PG, Junior, Colorado): Most people were shocked to see Dinwiddie enter the draft since he is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered last January. With the ACL injury no longer being a death sentence for players in this era, Dinwiddie felt secure enough in his talent and body of work to make the jump. A tall (6'6), true point guard with a nice jumper, he is a very intriguing player with first-round talent.
"I did really well at their camp," said Montez, who will be a senior this fall. "I saw their campus and their campus is really nice. Their coaching staff is amazing. And playing in the Pac 12 is always a big plus."
Pac-12 Football 2014 All-Conference Team | AthlonSports.com - 3 Buffs on the second team.
So here is what a $143 million dollar wing looks like: an 120,000 square-foot indoor multipurpose practice facility and track built just east of Folsom Field, a refurbishment of the aging Dal Ward center that will include an Olympic sports training room in the sub-basement level, new locker and equipment rooms, an end zone club with premium seating and new high-end boxes, more restroom and concessions, a high performance sports training center and rooftop terrace, new offices, meeting rooms, administration space, and sport science facilities.
"It's a little bit of a less stressful time for them," MacIntyre said. "In the season, everything is going on and in the spring. At this time, you can kind of be around them in the weight room, you can talk to them more, you get a better relationship with them. They know you're around, so they come around and see you more. You're truly mentoring them more. I love that part of the business. I really enjoy that."
2014 Pac-12 Positional Rankings - Receivers: Jaelen Strong and Ty Montgomery fight for the top spot - Pacific Takes
- Ranking the Pac-12's best receivers going into the 2014 season. No Buffs featured.
Ace recruiter: Klayton Adams
During the fall, Klayton Adams tutors running backs in Boulder. However, he maximizes his value to his coaching staff by getting after it on the recruiting trail. Colorado has just three pledges, but Adams is the man credited for the commitment of 3-star linebacker Nu'umotu Falo, the top player in the group. Adams is also in charge of recruiting uncommitted 4-star tight end Tyler Petite and 3-star guard Tyler Whisenhunt.
Deon Figures, a first-team All-America defensive back, and Bob Beattie, a ski coach turned TV analyst, are two of the nine former Buffaloes who will be inducted Oct. 30 at the Coors Events Center as the 10th class in the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.
If he can remain healthy, he may become an elite NFL receiver at some point down the road. He has all the intangibles that a great receiver needs: blazing speed, spectacular catches, and innate football ability. He is able to chew up yards with extremely long strides, boasts great route running, and should present himself as nothing less than a nightmare for opposing defenses.