NCB On The Trail: Colorado Buffaloes

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Shabazz Napier developed over a four-year period and delivered his best performance down the stretch as a senior in March.

The candidates who emerge four or five years later are the hardest prospects to project. Looking down the road, I'm seeking someone who has a balanced offensive attack, which include the ability to make shots, and a thirst to compete.

Dominique Collier is a true point guard who knows when to take over a game from a scoring standpoint. He has a great sense of what needs to be done in the clutch.

Collier controls the game and can create opportunities for teammates with his court vision.

Part of having success also stems from who surrounds you. Colorado coach Tad Boyle has continued to succeed in recruiting, which is vital because it takes some of the pressure off Collier right away and gives him the best chance to succeed later.

Collier has the mindset and skills to be a terrific player. He is a prospect who comes in underrated and could have that big breakout season as a senior.

Prep school stars shine at Showcase 

November, 25, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The National Prep Showcase has annually served as the unofficial start to the prep school basketball season, and the 2013 edition was no different, hosting 23 top teams over the course of three exciting days of action.

A variety of top prospects stood out over the course of the weekend. UNLV-bound ESPN 100 big man Goodluck Okonoboh (Boston/Wilbraham & Monson) put on his latest display of shot-blocking prowess, turning away eight attempts on Saturday night, while Colorado-bound big man Tory Miller (Lee’s Summit, Mo./New Hampton) emerged as perhaps the most impactful true post player in the field.

Ranked guards stand out in Vegas 

July, 27, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- The third and final day of pool play Friday at the elite Las Vegas events was filled with a little bit of everything.

ESPN 100 point guard Jordan McLaughlin appears to be back to his old self as he sliced and diced with impeccable passing, smooth shooting and cat-quick drives. Speaking of quickness, ESPN 60 point guard Hyron Edwards has that highly coveted second gear. And then there’s ESPN 100 shooting guard Trey Kell, who came to Vegas with minimal fanfare outside of the West Coast. At this stage, however, there isn't a hotter 2014 prospect out west than Kell.

Here’s a closer look at some of the top performances on Day 3 in Vegas at the adidas Super 64 and Las Vegas Fab 48. Bracket play begins Saturday and continues Sunday.

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SF Chris Sandifer picks Mizzou 

June, 28, 2013
Six-foot-5 small forward Chris Sandifer (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) gave Missouri a verbal commitment on Friday, he confirmed to

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2014 PG Collier picks Colorado

May, 7, 2013
Class of 2014 point guard Dom Collier (Denver/East) ended his recruitment on Tuesday, has confirmed. The four-star junior verbally committed to Colorado.

Collier held multiple offers, including Arizona, Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota and Stanford.

The Denver native was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Colorado after averaging 20.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 1.3 blocks this past season. He is the first recruit for the Buffaloes from the 2014 class.

SG Ahmad Fields picks Utah 

December, 21, 2012
Shooting guard Ahmad Fields (Washington, D.C./Massanutten Military Academy) ended his recruitment on Friday with a verbal pledge to Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Fields chose the Utes over USC, Colorado, St. Joseph's and Drexel, among others.

"I felt comfortable on my visit," he told the paper. "I had a great visit, and family is an important thing. It's me and my mom, so I wanted to go where I felt I fit, and I felt it at Utah."

Fields is the fifth recruit for the Utes in 2013, joining guard's Parker Van Dyke (Salt Lake City/East), Brandon Miller (Salt Lake City/Brighton) and Delon Wright (Lawndale, Calif./City College of San Francisco) along with center Marko Kovacevic (Scottsbluff, Neb./Western Nebraska C.C.).

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UCLA adds SF Noah Allen 

November, 6, 2012
UCLA landed a verbal commitment from three-star small forward Noah Allen (Salinas, Calif./Palma) on Tuesday. The news was first reported by

Allen originally committed to Harvard in July before recently reopening his recruitment. He was also considering Colorado, St. Mary's, San Diego State, San Francisco, Washington State and Northwestern.

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Arizona State lands junior PF Connor MacDougall 

October, 22, 2012
Class of 2014 big man Connor MacDougall (Scottsdale, Ariz./Westwind Prep) ended his recruitment over the weekend when he committed to Arizona State, has confirmed.

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Colorado adds Tacoma SF Lexing 

September, 29, 2012
According to multiple sources, Colorado landed a verbal commitment from 3-star wing forward Tre'Shaun Lexing (Tacoma, Wash./Lincoln) on Saturday. Lexing made his decision while on his official visit.

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Houston SG will be a K-State Wildcat 

September, 17, 2012
Kansas State landed a verbal commitment from shooting guard Wesley Iwundu (Houston/Westfield) on Monday night.

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Stanford lands Allen twins 

September, 17, 2012
Las Vegas twin guards Marcus and Malcolm Allen (Centennial H.S.) ended their recruitment on Sunday when both players committed to Stanford. The Las Vegas Sun reported the news.

The Allen's chose the Cardinal over offers from Rice, Santa Clara, Drake, Northern Arizona, Harvard and Colorado, among others. They visited Stanford on Friday.

"We considered every place we visited, and other places as well," Marcus told the paper. "We liked Stanford, but were open to other places. We are just stoked about the opportunity at Stanford. The trip helped open our eyes. The coaching staff was amazing, and getting to know the players was huge."

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ESPN 100 SG commits to Aztecs 

September, 12, 2012
Class of 2012 shooting guard Dakarai Allen (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) gave a verbal pledge to San Diego State on Wednesday, has confirmed through sources.

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Buffaloes land Texas PF Dustin Thomas 

September, 10, 2012
Colorado head coach Tad Boyle landed his second recruit from the 2013 class, has confirmed.

Power forward Dustin Thomas (Texarkana, Texas/Pleasant Grove) pledged to the Buffaloes on Monday night after his official visit this weekend. He chose CU over Lehigh, Texas-Arlington, Oklahoma and Kansas State.

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Chance Murray pops for Sun Devils 

September, 9, 2012
Price High shooting guard Chance Murray (Los Angeles) verbally committed to Arizona State on Sunday, according to sources.

California, Colorado, San Diego State and Oregon were among those after Murray.

"Murray is a heady scoring guard with good size, length and athletic ability," ESPN's Paul Biancardi said. "Inside the arc is where he is best at the moment, as he is a young senior turning 17 in November.

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Cal adds another 2013 guard in Mathews 

September, 9, 2012
California coach Mike Montgomery landed another shooting guard prospect on Sunday with an oral commitment from Jordan Mathews (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), has confirmed.

Mathews' decision comes on the heels of the commitment of ESPN 100 guard Jabari Bird (Richmond, Calif./Salesian) last week.

"Cal's on an offensive run and it's come in back to back weeks," ESPN's Dave Telep said. "First Bird and now Mathews. Last spring, Mathews showed he was a much improved offensive player. Behind the arc, he's a high-major weapon. The next step is adding a mid-range dribble-pull up game. He will make 3s in the Pac-12."

Mathews chose the Golden Bears over Colorado, Virginia Commonwealth, San Diego State and Wyoming.

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