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Uber-talented California guard chooses Colorado Basketball

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Tad Boyle is on an unstoppable roll

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The 2020 Colorado Buffaloes basketball team is an all-time group. A group that cannot and will not be forgotten, a group of guys that officially pulled Tad Boyle and the Buffs out of the shaky plateau they were on. The 2017 recruiting class, as it stands currently, is the greatest to every play basketball in Boulder (fight me, Ted). However, the 2021 class is shaping up to be the best since then. Somehow, the music hasn’t stopped yet, with four-star guard K.J. Simpson adding to THE BEST CLASS IN THE PAC-12.

Simpson is an extremely fun recruit that represents a new era for the Colorado basketball program. He is emblematic of a return to fruitful grounds for the Buffs, as a great L.A. guard that was squeezed out of the local programs (USC and UCLA). That’s the same story that brought Spencer Dinwiddie, Askia Booker, and Xavier Johnson to Boulder. However, the 6’2 combo guard is also in brand new territory, as the finishing piece of a top-10 national recruiting class. A TOP 10 RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION (looking at 247). Wow.

Simpson, as a player, is plenty exciting without the rest of the pieces that the Buffs are bringing in. The combo guard is a polished floor general and explosive scorer. He was an Arizona pledge until Sean Miller was unceremoniously shown the door, which then pushed him to back off of his letter of intent. The Buffs won out over Oregon, Texas Tech, USC, and plenty of other programs looking to sign the Chaminade High School star. K.J. Simpson can fill it up. Here’s a fun clip from one game his junior season:

Simpson is a ready-made college guard that attacks the basket. He can shoot and he loves to drive. His speed in the open court is electric and he walks onto the Boulder campus as one of the bounciest players on the team. He will look to play early, with the departure of McKinley Wright opening up major guard minutes, and he will immediately be a scoring asset on any college team.

Welcome, K.J. !