With inconsistency and leadership currently ranking among the biggest issues holding back the Colorado men's basketball team, it is easy to wonder "What if?" with a pair of former Buffaloes who would have been seniors this season — Dustin Thomas and Jaron Hopkins.

Both players transferred as sophomores following CU's disappointing 16-18 season in 2014-15. Thomas has started all 13 games so far this year for an Arkansas team taking an 11-2 mark into its game Tuesday night at Tennessee, averaging 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds with a solid .455 shooting percentage.

Hopkins also has started every game so far for Fresno State, beginning the week averaging 12.9 points and a team-leading 3.5 assists per game. Hopkins boasts an impressive overall field goal percentage of .494, though he is just 3-for-18 from 3-point range.

Additionally, the move by Kenan Guzonjic, a little-used Buffs player a year ago as a freshman, to Division II power Barry University has paid off well for the forward from Bosnia. Guzonjic started each of his team's first 11 games, averaging 8.4 points and a team-leading 5.7 rebounds with a stellar .565 shooting percentage (35-for-62). Guzonjic averaged just 4.1 minutes in 13 appearances for CU last year.

And finally, Brett Brady is making the most of his final collegiate season at Division II Colorado Christian. A former CU walk-on who wanted to spend his final season of eligibility in a program where he would enjoy more playing time, Brady began the week averaging 16.7 points while shooting .437 from 3-point range.


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