Among the NBA draft prospects the Los Angeles Clippers are inviting to their facility this week is former Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie. The former Taft (Woodland Hills, California) star won’t be able to work out or do much beyond an interview or a physical -- he’s just five months removed from surgery to repair his ACL -- but the 6-foot-6 guard could be an intriguing late-first round pick for the Clippers, given that backup point guard Darren Collison is expected to decline his $1.9 million player option for next season to become a free agent.
2014 NBA Mock Draft: Version 2.0 | CSN Houston - 35. Utah Jazz - Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado (previous: Dinwiddie)
"All this traveling, it's not easy, but it's something that needs to be done for the pre-draft process," Dinwiddie said. "I'm going through it. I'm trying to enjoy it. I'm trying to cherish it, because it's a process you only do once, but at the same time I keep it all in perspective."
2. Backup point guard: Derek Fisher retired for a job as head coach with the New York Knicks, and Jackson's role often puts him alongside Russell Westbrook. Landing a more traditional backup would give Westbrook rest without changing Jackson's role entirely. Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie is a smart, big, ready-to-play guard capable of contributing quickly.
3. Versatility: Many Spurs players are asked to handle a variety of roles. They want players capable of handling a few positions because they create matchup issues for opponents. Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie is a 6-6 point guard, and Michigan's Glenn Robinson III can slide down to power forward despite his small frame.
The fact that he won’t workout for teams makes him even more intriguing. NBA evaluators will have to rely on 2 1/2 seasons at Colorado and their imagination when determining his draft stock. If Dinwiddie lands in the first round, then in many ways it would devalue the importance of the NBA combine and pre-draft workouts.
Why Dinwiddie would work: Think Andre Roberson with an offensive game. The Buffaloes were 14-2 with Dinwiddie in the lineup and then just 9-10 without him. He's a perfect fit for the Thunder, because he's interested in passing and can also score. He averaged 18.9 points per game as well as 4.1 assists in the last two seasons with Colorado.
Spencer Dinwiddie is one of my favorite prospects of this group. When I first compiled these numbers, his numbers jumped off the page at me. Here was a guy who could pass and notably, was freakishly good at getting to the line. His .908 Free Throw Attempt rate is insane, a number you don't see from most big men.
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Colorado: Tad Boyle can reaffirm his rep as the most underrated coach if he gets Colorado to 20-plus wins next season.
Chucky Jeffery is back to doing what she loves – playing basketball – but she’s discovering several differences between now and then, then being a stellar four years at the University of Colorado, now being a role player with the New York Liberty.
Colorado is expected to have four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this fall all of whom will have at least two years of eligibility remaining. The group includes sophomore starter Sefo Liufau, sophomore Jordan Gehrke, junior Jaleel Awini, a transfer from Air Force and freshman Cade Apsay.
Few programs have sunk so precipitously from national-championship contention to utterly irrelevance -- over the course of less than a generation -- with the hapless aplomb of Colorado. And while there is at least a shred of hope under second-year coach Mike MacIntyre, the Pac-12 is so deep and so good that it may take Colorado another generation to contend again. The good news: It's Boulder, so everything is beautiful and everyone is too stoned to care.
3. Washington State, 94.36%
15. UCLA, 84.22%
22. California, 80.19%
25. USC, 78.95%
29. Oregon, 77.63%
31. Utah, 76.83%
32. Oregon State, 76.65%
43. Stanford, 73.11%
46. Arizona State, 72.27%
68. Colorado, 65.81%
115. Washington, 34.18%
124. Arizona, 23.61%
Colorado: WR Nelson Spruce 2013 production: 55 catches, 650 yards, 4 touchdowns Why Spruce is so important: The Buffs need someone to step up in the receiving game and replace at least some of what Paul Richardson did last season. At this point, Spruce looks to be that guy.
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Last year -- one of the deepest in terms of quality in conference history -- 11 pac-12 teams ranked among the nation's top-65 (top half, really) in terms of experience. This year, just five teams do, and six rank between 85th and 124th.
Colorado Returning O-line starts: 59 Notes: The Buffaloes welcome back three starters, led by OG Daniel Munyer, who has started 27 games. This unit must improved for the Buffs to take a step up in the South. It will be interesting to see if 6-foot-7, 300-pound right tackle Stephane Nembot breaks through. He looks like an NFL tackle, even if he's yet to consistently play like one.
Arizona State at Colorado. I mean, it’s year two of the Mike MacIntyre era. Maybe this is the moment the Buffs decide to turn the corner and shock the Pac-12 and oh wait it’s 28-7 at halftime how did that happen.
In a May 29 interview with SB Nation’s Dan Rubenstein, released on Monday, Richardson discussed his role with the team, possibly breaking news that the Hawks are looking at him to be their first choice to replace Golden Tate as the team’s punt returner.
Jeremy Bloom is not bitter. He's not resentful and he's certainly not angry at the NCAA for stripping him of his final two years of college football. But watching the Ed O'Bannon trial play out a decade after his own battle with the NCAA has made him think a lot about the past and what the organization can, and should, do for its athletes.
Eric from Somerset, via Boulder writes: Ted, the best-case/worst-case cannot die. Not only are they hilarious, and well written -- even the ones you probably don't like after writing them, but more importantly, What will happen to Jon Embree's daughter's bike? I have a solution. Don't worry that it may mean more work for you. You no doubt have ample free time to fill anyway, writing and rewriting pieces you don't like. Have us -- we humble Pac 12 Blog fans -- submit them. Your time "could" be cut in half, just reviewing, editing and posting, vs. writing, reviewing, editing and posting. It might even end up not sucking. Just an idea. ... Long live the Pac-12 Blog, and hopefully the best-case/worst-case scenarios. Go Buffs.