For Dinwiddie, the decision came down to the healing of his knee and the junior believed going pro allowed him the best chance to recover from his torn ACL.
"The deciding factor was that I get to pour all that I have into my knee," Dinwiddie said to NBCSports.com about his NBA Draft decision. "I get to have professional-level rehab and attack it as hard as I want. There’s no summer school or anything else that’s taking away from that. Professional-level rehab, pour everything I have into it and let’s get ready [for the draft]."
"Definitely," Dinwiddie said when asked if he feels good about how he presented himself to teams. "There wasn't anybody that didn't like my knee that I met with. Beyond that, it was just showing who I am, character and that type of thing."
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado: This talented combo guard would have potentially been a late lottery pick if he didn't tear his ACL in January, but that won't scare Riley. Remember, Miami took a chance on West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler in 2010 after he had a similar injury and if healthy, Dinwiddie is one of the best guards in this draft. Armed with great size at 6-6, the West Coast native can guard multiple positions defensively and plays with a poise and calmness that most guys his age don't exude.
But first, here’s the first-round total on a school-by-school basis over the past 10 drafts (all the continuing members have at least one): UCLA: 7 Arizona: 6 Washington: 6 USC: 5 Stanford: 3 Arizona State: 2 Oregon: 2 Cal: 1 Colorado: 1 (three seasons in the league) Oregon State: 1 Washington State: 1
"Then after that, you’ve got the bulk of the rest of the guys. Lots of good players, as many as three who could fall into the first round. … Anytime you’re talking about three to five guys going in the first round, that’s not bad for the Pac-12."
Other Pac-12 players who could land in the first round are UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, Washington sharpshooter C.J. Wilcox and Colorado guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
Colorado: Sefo Liufau became the Buffaloes' starter at midseason and often played like the true freshman he was. Furthermore, he won't have Paul Richardson serving as a safety blanket and making big plays for him. Still, Liufau's baptism by Pac-12 fire provided some seasoning that was evident this spring. The Buffs feel pretty good about having a returning starter behind center.
Colorado: The Buffs are surprisingly deep in the running backs department, with seasoned players like Christian Powell, Michael Adkins II, Tony Jones and Donta Abron returning. Powell (562 yards, three touchdowns) provided the power while Adkins emerged as a fine complement with 5.2 yards per carry (103 carries, 535 yards and six touchdowns). Look for the coaching staff to keep using those two in unison as a thunder-and-lightning tandem.
8. Colorado (QB Sefo Liufau, RB Michael Adkins II, RB Christian Powell, RB Donta Abron) Liufau emerged as a full-time starter as a freshman in 2013 and looked like the best Colorado QB in a long time. Adkins and Powell emerged as a solid one-two punch in the backfield with Adkins as the lightning and the powerful Powell as the thunder.
So, you ask, how does the Pac-12 stack up in terms of experience. Glad you asked (number on left is national ranking): 24. UCLA 31. Oregon 36. California 45. Colorado 51. Oregon State 62. USC 65. Utah 66. Washington 70. Washington State 93. Stanford 94. Arizona 108. Arizona State
The Environmental Protection Agency will recognize the University of Colorado athletic department on Thursday for its game-day environmental practices during the 2013 season. CU had the second highest national waste diversion rate during the 2013 football season by keeping more than 90 percent of game-day waste out of landfills. The university is among several colleges being recognized by the EPA at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit being held at the Boulder campus this week. The Ohio State University had the highest diversion rate.
Tom in Ft. Myers, Fla. writes: You missed what I thought was the worst loss for Colorado -- Fresno State. 69-14 from 2012 and down 35-0 after 1 quarter. Colorado best win 17-14 at Utah in 2011. Snapped a 23 game road losing streak, which dated back to 2007.