With court in session, a new judge of character for CU basketball

Freshman McKinley Wright IV’s debut for the Colorado Buffaloes broke from tradition. Head coach Tad Boyle made it clear in the Buffs’ home opener that Wright would be driving this team. He was the first freshman to start since Spencer Dinwiddie (now with the Brooklyn Nets) and he led the team in minutes that night. Wright’s drives at point guard pointed to a new era for Colorado basketball and a refreshing one.

Last year’s team bottomed out. The juvenile behavior of then-fifth-year seniors Wesley Gordon and Xavier Johnson was exasperating for a team not living up to its potential. Both players were suspended and struggled on the floor. Even with Derrick White’s stellar 2017 campaign (which led to White being picked in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs), the team didn’t gel with all of the distractions. It’s a good thing Tad Boyle didn’t have any more hair to pull out.

It’s been interesting watching the ups and downs of the Tad Boyle era. Seven-plus seasons have culminated in one NCAA Tournament win and a Pac-12 Championship, both in 2011-12. That record is really selling what Boyle has done short. CU has won 20 or more games nine times in school history, and five of those seasons have been with Boyle on the bench. The talent Boyle consistently recruits is far above what Colorado was prior. NBA teams have drafted four CU players in the last six years. All four are still playing in the NBA — Alec Burks (2011, 12th overall), Andre Roberson (2013, 26th overall), Dinwiddie (2014, 38th overall) and White (2017, 29th overall).

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