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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quick Post: Dustin Thomas commits to being a Buff

Another football loss, another dose of salve from our patron saint of victory, Coach Tad Boyle.

Reaching deep into the heart of Texas, Coach Boyle and staff pulled out another under-the-radar gem, as PF Dustin Thomas announced yesterday that he intends to be a Buff.  Despite increasing interest from local powers, evidenced by Thomas canceling a future trip to Oklahoma, his visit last weekend to Boulder was apparently enough to convince the young man about the virtues of the Black and Gold.  The result reminded many observers of the time when the new head coach stole Andre Roberson from the Lone Star state in 2010. 

At 6-8, and with great outside shooting skills (48% from deep last season), Thomas continues the "tweener" style of Coach Boyle, as the roster continues to fill with tall, versatile, athletic swing men who can cause matchup problems and play multiple positions.

You may be thinking, "isn't there only one available scholarship, and wasn't that already given to Jaron Hopkins?"  While it's true that CU has only one scholarship senior on the roster, it's all but assured more than one spot will open up for the 2013 roster, either via a player jumping to the NBA early ('Dre) or further transfer attrition (Ben Mills?).  Should 'Dre jump to the Association, it's more than fitting to replace him with  another lanky Texan.

Thomas not only announced his intention yesterday, but also what number he intends to wear in Boulder.
That looks pretty solid to me.  From AllBuffs and Twitter.
The story behind his picking of the number 13 is very personal.  From Rivals via Allbuffs, he's quoted as saying:
"Today is the day in 2006 my sister passed away. That is why I wear No. 13, that is how old she was when she passed away from a rare blood disease.  I just felt like it was a way to honor her. She is the reason I play the game. So to make my commitment to Colorado today was something I wanted to do."
Of all the reasons to pick a number, that's probably the most moving I've ever heard.  I hope he gets many moments in Boulder to honor his sister's life with his play.

Welcome to BuffNation, Dustin!

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