The surprise here isn't that there is a transfer scenario playing out in Boulder, or even the players involved. In fact, when I had a discussion with a good friend of the blog a few weeks back about the transfer rumors, the first two speculative names out of my mouth were Kenan and Tre'. What is a surprise, at least to me, is that it was multiple players pulling the trigger, making this the second consecutive offseason that it's transfers, plural, emanating from the program (Dustin Thomas and Jaron Hopkins left last spring). I guess, in retrospect, we all should've seen the writing on the wall. Coach Boyle himself alluded to the potential for multiple transfers in his post-season presser Tuesday afternoon, citing a plan for a second scholarship to open up. It is what it is, and I view these moves in a significantly different light than I did those from a year ago, but it still means the coaching staff will have to stay active on the recruiting trail this spring, probably in the hunt for at least one incoming transfer to even out class balance.
But, those are all matters for another day. What this article is about is remembering the contributions of Fletcher and Guzonjic to our beloved Colorado Buffaloes. After the jump, I'll give each the farewell treatment, focusing, as always, on the best aspect of their games, what they will best be remembered for, and their best single efforts in Black and Gold.
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When BuffNation was first introduced to 'the Condor,' it was as Tre'Shaun Lexing of Tacoma, WA. On signing day, he changed the last name from Lexing to Fletcher to honor his mother, and later changed his hometown from Tacoma to Wilmar, AR, where he had grown up. The real Tre' eventually shining through on the roster page, as well as the court.
|A do-it-all win, Fletcher was an important cog for the Buffs over three seasons. From: the BDC|
Accordingly, the general assumption is that Tre' is leaving the program due to decreasing playing time and increasing competition for minutes at the wing spots. Indeed, after initially being a part of the three-man rotation for the two starting wing spots at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, he neither started nor played at least 20 minutes in the team's final six ballgames, only starting one game overall after the calendar flipped to February. It had become clear that he was third choice, behind both George King and Josh Fortune, in the rotation, and the prospect of adding two freshmen, a returning Xavier Johnson, and heralded senior transfer Derrick White to the mix at wing only projected to further limit Fletcher's minutes next season.
|Tre' was kind of squeezed out the of the rotation this winter. From: the Ralphie Report|
Regardless, I will really miss Tre'Shaun. He was, undoubtedly, one of my favorite players on the team the last few years, mixing in that rare combination of versatility and willingness to do the little things that I love in a sixth man. I say, unreservedly, that I will be a fan of his where ever he goes next, and look forward to seeing him get the minutes he deserves at his next stop.
Thank you, Tre'!
Best Remembered for:
This steal/dunk/and-one combo against Kansas from his freshman year:
Also, his chin-strap beard. World-class, that.Never forget. pic.twitter.com/tOHyXGbk9y— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) March 31, 2016
Best Aspect of his Game:
Playing anywhere and everywhere. Versatility was the key with him, and the Buffs used him in a number of differing situations, as a result. Not a true point forward, he could still spark the offense up top, lurk in the corner for a three, or even post a play or two up down low. He wan't phenomenal at any one task on offense (the 'master of none' tag to that old phrase), be he could be a dangerous matchup for opponents in a number of ways. On defense, the team could saddle him with guarding any number of positions, and you could usually see him defending the attacking threat off the edge.
Best Game as a Buff - 1/17/16 vs Oregon -
It took a deep, potent bench for the Buffs to beat the eventual league champions and Elite Eight entrants Oregon at the CEC the season, and Tre'Shaun helped lead the way for the bench mob in support of the starters. His 14 points and omnipresent defense that afternoon helped spur a dramatic, exuberant win for the Buffs; a key result in the push for a return to the NCAA Tournament. A shame more people didn't see it, transfixed as they were with the Broncos' playoff run. Oh well, those lucky few of us who were there will be able to remember Tre' at his best.
We in BuffNation never really got to know Kenan. A JuCo import from Bosnia, via Texas, he struggled with health and conditioning in a losing battle with playing time over his lone season in Boulder. That he eventually settled into a role as a member of the 'Larry Bird Squad' wasn't that big of a surprise, considering the talent up front for Colorado, but he was rarely even looked at as an option in anything other than extreme circumstances after a spate of run in November. In fact, once conference play started, he got a total of just 12 minutes, making his another situation where a transfer for more playing time makes sense.
|Guzonjic never was able to make his mark in Boulder. From: the BDC.|
Thank you, Kenan!
Best Remembered for:
Playing the often thankless job of a role player behind the scenes. Who do you think was guarding Josh Scott and Wes Gordon in practice the last few months, helping them get ready for Pac-12 opponents? Yep, Kenan, and he was making them work, too.
Best Aspect of his Game:
Three point shooting. Both peeks at shoot-around and reports from practices told me that this kid can make shots. Don't be surprised when you see him cashing corner treys in the future, possibly in a way that busts your bracket from a mid-major.
Best Game as a Buff - 12/19/15 vs Hampton -
Late in the game against the Pirates, Guzonjic controlled much of the action in 'garbage time.' Kenan went on to chip in eight points and five rebounds in nine minutes of play, proving that there's more to his game than just what we saw in other brief glimpses.