It isn't going to provide an immediate rescue from the tailspin the Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team finds itself stuck in, but reinforcements arrived at practice this week with Namon Wright's return to action.

A transfer from Missouri, Wright had barely begun getting to know his new teammates on the floor when we was sidelined in mid-October due to a nagging left foot injury. Wright played in the team's intrasquad scrimmage at the end of the first week of preseason workouts but endured surgery shortly thereafter.

"For me, it was really tough because I was looking forward to getting better," Wright said. "But it's all a learning experience. I had to learn the game off the court and take advantage of my time.

"What I'm trying to take from this the rest of the year is to just try and get my teammates better. Attacking them, talking, being a leader in practice to make them feel more confident in whatever they need."

Wright averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds last year at Missouri, finishing his two-year run with the Tigers with averages 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. He is expected to assume a leading role with the Buffs after his transfer year next season, and his return to practice adds another starting-caliber player for CU's regulars to compete against over the final six weeks of the season.

"He's just getting back...but he's a nice athlete who can make shots," head coach Tad Boyle said. "He's a good player, but I'll know a lot more a few weeks from now when he gets a few practices under his belt."


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