So, allow me a brief, self-satisfied 'WHOOP' as I note the hot start of My Sox. I promise it won't keep me from talking about... whatever it is that I normally talk about over the summer months.
Today in the bag, I'm talking some recruiting news in both basketball and football, some random notes from the basketball program, and talking up the lacrosse team.
Click below for the bag...
Basketball and Football each making recruiting waves -
If you follow recruiting, either on the hardwood or the gridiron, it was a good week for the Buffs. Both the basketball and football programs made headlines, earning the pledge of some high-profile talent. While nothing is ever a given when it comes to recruits, Colorado Athletics, at least on paper, hit some home runs in the pages of Scout and Rivals.
Starting in hoops, Coach Boyle followed up on my post from last week by earning the signature of coveted top-150 target Lucas Siewert. A forward with some expanding notions on the wing, Siewert projects to play right away this coming season, filling in the second-tier of the depth chart up front. The freshman-to-be has got a sizeable 6-10, 230 lbs frame, some international experience (plays in the Brazilian national system), and can hit jumpers like it ain't no thang. More of a non-traditional stretch-four than something UCLA-ish like Thomas Welsh or a Wear twin, he could form a scary combination with Tory Miller in future Colorado front courts. While he's only been playing the domestic game for four years, he's got a lot of talent and a high ceiling, seemingly a perfect late addition to the program.
|Siewert is a big late add for the program. From: @CUBuffsMBB|
Siewert's signature leaves the Buffs with one remaining scholarship to fill. As I said last week, Tad Boyle has proven averse to banking open slots on his roster, so I still expect this to be filled this summer. With the forward situation cleared up, and going by the plan he announced at his end of season press conference, this means Boyle's going after 'best available.' In my mind, that remains guard Jimmy Whitt, who was on campus last week. While I have no inside information here, I would expect the full court press from Boyle and crew to make that possibility a reality.
Flipping gears to football, outside of the Davis Webb fiasco (still not resolved, btw), the program has been quietly building a solid offseason. They came through with a nice, improving Signing Day haul (if still behind their Pac-12 peers), reveled in the opening of the new indoor practice facility, made some headlines with the hiring of familiar legend Darrin Chiaverini, and, more recently, have been making some big plays on the recruiting trail. Behind the efforts of Chiverini, who, in addition to his duties as co-offensive coordinator, is heading the recruiting push out of Dal Ward, they've been in pursuit of some true whales in the fertile waters of Texas. More importantly, however, they've even been landing some of those whales.
|Shenault is a big early pledge for the football class of 2017. From: Allbuffs.|
Basketball ephemera -
Cleaning up some other basketball stories...
Non-conference schedule nearly complete:
As was leaked last week, a home date with Wofford has been added to the non-conference schedule, almost bringing to completion the wayward process of building a suitable slate for the Buffaloes. The Terriers, who last hit Boulder in November of 2012, will be coming off a disappointing 15-17 run last season, but boast Colorado high school product Eric Garcia in their starting five. Not a terrible entrant on the fixtures list, all-in-all, and potentially a decent RPI scalp if Wofford can make some noise in the SoCon.
|Bring on the Terriers! From: FoxSports|
The Basketball Tournament is back:
For the second-straight year, Forever Buff Beau Gamble is helping to put together a CU-centric team for The Basketball Tournament, that summer 5-on-5 tournament that's been growing the last few years. While they may have faltered last year (losing to the eventual runners-up in the opening round), they're no less excited for the opportunity to hit the hardwood in pursuit of the grand prize of $2 million. The roster will, once again, be littered with familiar names from the recent past, including Richard Roby, Marcus Hall, Marcus Relphorde, Dominique Coleman, Austin Dufault, among others. You can follow their progress on their team site, and even help them gain entrance to the tourney by voting for them. More news to follow on their progress...
The Tad Boyle era All-Stars:
Over at the Ralphie Report, Sam Metiver had an interesting article up about 'the Tad Boyle All Stars.' Essentially, his picks for the best group of players from the last six years of basketball excellence on the Front Range. I highly suggest you give it a read and some consideration. He's got an interesting perspective, and doesn't just fall for the trap of finding the best guys and throwing them on the roster.
|Don't forget Cory, the dude was legit.|
Lacrosse team stays scorching hot on the field -
I've steered clear of lacrosse analysis this year, mostly because I just don't get the sport. However, I can't ignore it any longer, as the Colorado Women's Lacrosse Team has been playing some truly sensational ball (?) the last few months. Since starting the season 6-1, they've only continued to impress, becoming a factor in MPSF play (the Pac-12 doesn't sponsor the sport... yet).
Most recently, they finished their regular season slate a perfect 4-0, running past conference foes like San Diego State, St Mary's, Cal, and Oregon. The blitz has allowed them to set a program record for wins (12), making this the best team in the albeit brief history of the sport at CU. Head coach Ann Elliott has the crew rolling, with no signs of slowing down as we hit the end of the month.
|Rain or shine, the Buffs have been rolling of late. From: CUBuffs.com|