Amid the sea of Colorado fans who stormed the court on Dec. 7 after the Buffaloes upset then-No. 6 Kansas, Beau Gamble rode the wave.

The senior guard sat on the shoulders of fans and cheered with all of them after the Buffs' stunning 75-72 upset of the Jayhawks.

In his third year with the 20th-ranked Buffs (10-1), Gamble doesn't get a ton of playing time, but he's got a Pac-12 championship ring, played his first minutes as a Buff in historic Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., last season and then had that glorious moment on Dec. 7.

"Moments like that are things I'll never forget as a college basketball player," Gamble said. "It'll be something I take with me the rest of my life."

Gamble was a two-year captain and four-year letterwinner at Boulder's Fairview High School. He led Class 5A in assists as a senior in 2009 and helped the Knights to a remarkable 26-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals.

Several Division II schools and junior colleges wanted Gamble to play for them. Instead, after graduating from Fairview, he elected to spend a year in prep school in New Hampshire. Six games into that season, though, he went down with an injury.

Gamble had the dream of playing Division I basketball and he wound up at Santa Clara, but after one year, he decided to leave. CU's new head coach, Tad Boyle, had recruited Gamble when Boyle was at Northern Colorado, and Gamble felt it was a good fit.


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"I came to play for coach Boyle three years ago and no doubt about it, each year it's only been getting better and it's more fun to be a part of," Gamble said.

Fans don't get to see much of Gamble. Because the Buffs are so talented, playing time is hard to come by. He played 12 minutes in five games last year and has been on the court for seven minutes in four games this year.

Although his minutes are limited, Gamble has had some great basketball experiences. Included among them was an opportunity this past summer to play for the Athletes in Action team that went to Lithuania.

"That's one of the reasons why I went to Lithuania was because I wanted to play and get the game experience," he said. "It made me better. That was a good trip for me.

"Whenever you can take basketball to travel different places or meet new people, you have to do it. For me, when the opportunity arose, it was a no-brainer. I got to meet a lot of new guys who I keep in touch with this year and how they're doing. I got to see a lot of the world I've never seen before without basketball."

In practice, Gamble has had the opportunity to go against sensational teammates, including juniors Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker.

Because of his experiences, he said he's a much better player than he ever was at Fairview.

"The level of competition I go against every day here is incredible," he said. "Yeah, I was a good high school player at Fairview, but I feel like my experiences that I've gained here in playing against Spencer Dinwiddie and playing against Askia Booker every day, that can make you a lot better, a lot tougher."

He probably could have gone to another school and played more. Yet, Gamble has embraced his role and realizes he's helped CU get off to a 10-1 start this season.

"I don't doubt my abilities that I could play somewhere else or at a different level, but I definitely feel like I've gotten a lot better playing against those guys," he said.

"Of course there is that itch (to play a lot). If I didn't want to play, I don't think I'd be helping the team much. I come to work every day in practice just like everyone else. I have goals just like everyone else. My goal every day is to make sure our guys are getting better and I'm pushing them to get themselves better, which ultimately makes our team better."

Having a better team has helped Gamble to have a memorable experience so far in Boulder.

"It's still worth it to me, being a part of something bigger than yourself," he said. "My redshirt year (2011-12) was really hard, not suiting up at all and just going through all the workouts. But, I definitely don't have any regrets in coming here, because being a part of this is something way bigger than yourself and I'm so fortunate to be on the team and be able to be close with these guys."

Although he's a senior in school, Gamble does have a year of eligibility left. He's not sure what he's going to do with that extra year at this point, but for now he's enjoying the ride.

His family ties to CU have helped to make his career here special, he said. His father was an All-American skier at CU and his mother was a Buff, too.

"I'm so lucky and so fortunate to be able to suit up every night in front of my friends and my family," he said. "My parents have been to every single home game. I'm just blessed to where I can play in front of them every night. Growing up as a CU fan, they both went to CU, so it's a big deal for them and it's a big deal for me that they get to see me play every night."

It means a lot to Gamble to see the Buffs succeeding on the court, too. While he was growing up, the Buffs struggled in basketball. Yet, under Boyle's leadership they've been to the NCAA Tournament two years in a row.

He would love to be a part of a third consecutive trip to the Tournament.

"I grew up watching the team and I've been always been a CU basketball fan," he said. "Being a part of this transition period has just been amazing and obviously something that will be with me the rest of my life."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.