If the Colorado Buffaloes do indeed compete for a Pac-12 title, it will be because of their two stars leading them there. On Tuesday, McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey were both named to the preseason All-Pac-12.
Wright seems like an early favorite for Pac-12 Player of the Year. He’s probably the best guard in the conference right now. He was All-Pac-12 last season and he played through a torn labrum that’s now healed. He spent all offseason working on his jumper, which now looks cleaner and quicker, especially on pull-ups. He can be inconsistent on defense, but when the game is close, there’s no better defender than Wright with his quickness and massive wingspan.
If Wright is a favorite for Player of the Year, Tyler Bey should be in contention for Defensive Player of the Year. Following the Andre Roberson plan, Bey broke out as a sophomore and is ready for another leap in year three. Like Wright, he was All-Pac-12 last season and has spent the offseason improving. He’s a better rebounder, a smarter defender and he still has that game-changing athleticism. Even his jumper looks better. This is probably our last season with Bey — he’s a projected first round pick — so we have to appreciate his two-way ability while he’s still here.
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