The training camp for Team Colorado is missing a couple pieces the club was expecting to see on the floor this week.
The squad of former Colorado Buffaloes standouts are training in Boulder for the $2 million The Basketball Tournament, with an opening date July 15 in Las Vegas, without guard Richard Roby. CU's co-all-time leading scorer played this past season in Japan but signed a postseason contract with a club in Venezuela. That squad still is competing in its postseason and Roby is expected to join Team Colorado in Las Vegas.
The story isn't nearly as encouraging for former CU guard Xavier Talton, who was expected to add a younger guard to the rotation. Instead, according to Team Colorado officials the 2016 graduate suffered a torn Achilles weeks ago and will be unable to lend a hand to his fellow alums.
"For me, if you look at last year I think where we got in trouble was our secondary ball-handling wasn't the best it could be," Team Colorado coach Dwight Thorne said. "With XT being a real solid ball-handler, a real poised guy, I was excited to have him play and at times settle us down, control the tempo."
XJ to Nuggets
After working out with the Denver Nuggets a month ago, former CU small forward Xavier Johnson has accepted an invitation to play on Denver's summer league team. The squad begins workouts Monday at the Pepsi Center and plays its first game in Las Vegas July 7 against Houston.