Wesley Gordon was sidelined for only a couple weeks, but it took the Colorado freshman a few days to get back into the swing of things.
Good thing for Gordon and the No. 20 Buffaloes, this week's schedule afforded him the opportunity to ease back into the lineup.
"It feels good just to be back and play," said Gordon, who missed two games after suffering a concussion on Dec. 3 against Colorado State. "I got to do some workouts and things and just didn't hop right into it. It was good. That was the upside of it."
Because the Buffs (10-1) had finals this week, they didn't hold regular practice until Thursday. Instead, they conducted individual workouts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"It helped me a lot because when I first came back, I couldn't really shoot at all," Gordon said. "As I got more workouts in, I started to feel better and get back to normal."
Gordon and the Buffs got back together on Thursday as they prepare to face No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1) on Saturday in Las Vegas.
"It's good to have Wesley back," CU head coach Tad Boyle said. "He helps us with our interior defense and our depth. He's been working out all week through finals, so he's back to his normal self."
That's good for the Buffs, because Gordon was off to a great start before his concussion. He started the first nine games, averaging 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. His 12 blocks still lead the team and he's tied for fourth in assists, with 14.
The athletic, 6-foot-9 Gordon should be a major asset against Oklahoma State. He's likely to get the first assignment against the Cowboys' 6-7 wing, Le'Bryan Nash, who is posting 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
"I've never seen him play, but I've heard he's good," Gordon said.
On the road
While the Buffs were going through individual workouts, Boyle went on the road to recruit. But, he said his players did well during the break.
"The assistant coaches said (the players) worked hard and got a lot done," Boyle said. "Some guys got more work than others based on their finals schedules."
Boyle said he'd like to see his team play 40 minutes of good basketball against the Cowboys -- something they haven't done all year to this point.
"(If the Buffs play a complete game), the results will take care of themselves," Boyle said. "We just haven't done that yet. We've done it in spurts -- in halves and in five-minute segments -- but, we haven't put one together on offense and defense and the whole nine yards. When we do that, it's going to be fun."
Junior guard Askia Booker practiced on Thursday. He tweaked his foot in the Buffs' 80-63 win against Elon on Friday. "I don't think he's quite 100 percent yet, but hopefully he will be by Saturday," Boyle said. ... The Buffs will practice on Friday morning before leaving for Las Vegas. ... The CU vs. Oklahoma State game is part of a two-game MGM Grand Showcase. Marquette will place New Mexico at 7 p.m., with CU and OSU tipping off at 9:30 p.m. The first game will be on ESPNU and the Buffs will play on ESPN2. ... The Buffs will be the home team against the Cowboys.