|But, but... two years of DT is too few! From: the Texarkana Gazette|
The average fan may not have appreciated his contributions, but DT was a hard worker and a constant contributor. Whenever he came on the court, it seemed as if his energy was contagious. 15-ish minutes per game and 4/2 averages may not sound like much, but he was one of the few reserves that actually appeared to progress this year, and was the most consistent performer from the true sophomore group (which isn't really saying much...). Believe me, Dustin was not pushed out; there would've continued to be a place for him at CU, had he wanted to stay.
|Tireless, fearless, Thomas endeared himself to the faithful. From: the BDC|
In that vein, I agree with Dustin's decision. In a frontcourt dominated by the likes of Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson, and Wes Gordon, playing time would continue to be an issue for at least another year, besides the fact that he always looked to be out of position at the '4,' anyways. He'd pick up too many fouls trying to grasp defensive rhythm, and, much like former Buff Austin Dufault, seemed to play his best when situation took him out of the role set for him. Maybe, given a new team and a new system, he'll find the minutes and role that he's looking for.
|Whoever ends up getting Dustin will be in for a treat. From: the CU Independent.|
Thank you, Dustin! I would've preferred a few more years of your tenacity in Black and Gold, but sometimes you have to get yours. Good luck in the rest of your collegiate career!
Best Remembered for -
High energy, blue collar performances. He took a lot of grief for his continuing foul trouble (over six called per 40 minutes played for his career), but most of those were the result of errors of commission, rather than error of omission. The kid hustled and tried every minute he was on the court.
Best Aspect of his game -
Versatility. He can take guys off dribble (his spin move in traffic is a growing force), attack the basket, shoot (although his shot was always a bit streaky), guard multiple positions, and rebound. Like a Swiss Army Knife, DT can be whatever you want him to be. CU wanted him to be a power forward, which may not have been the best use of his skills, but he tried his hardest to fill that role.
Best game as a Buff -
1/4/15 vs USC. Still without Josh Scott, the Buffs needed a little extra from the reserve forwards, and Dustin obliged with a majestic 17/2/2/3 performance. He posted an offensive rating above 190 for the game, making all three of his three point attempts, and staying away from any turnovers. It was, by far, his best night in Black and Gold, and seemed to show the way for repeat performances into the future.