The Tad-poles have arrived.

All six members of Colorado's highly touted 2012 recruiting class are on campus taking summer classes and getting acclimated to Boulder.

School will really be in session next week at the Coors Events Center.

Rodney Billups has reached out to ex-Buffs actively playing professionally to come back to CU to workout for four or five days beginning June 10.

Alec Burks and Cory Higgins, who were both NBA rookies last season, are expected to be among the familiar older faces playing pick-up games with the young 2012-13 Buffs each night.

"It's just a way to get everybody back for at least a week where we can kind of bridge the gap and connect the eras of Colorado basketball," CU head coach Tad Boyle said of the reunion. "Whether guys played for Ricardo Patton, or Jeff Bzdelik, or are in the program now playing for our staff."

Billups joked that his famous older brother, Chauncey, was "too old" for this 20-something party. Mr. Big Shot is actually recovering from a serious injury and usually takes this time of the year off anyway.

Dwight Thorne, fresh of a season in Greece, helped Billups and Boyle try to lure some notable Patton recruits back to Boulder.

The staff is hoping Richard Roby will be able to make the trip. If the smooth 6-5 wing shows up the co-leading scorers in program history will be reunited.

Higgins and Roby are tied for the CU record at 2,001 career points. They played together during Bzdelik's first season when Higgins was a freshman and Roby was a senior.

Since leaving CU four years ago, Roby has played in the NBA Developmental League, Israel, Mexico, Greece and most recently France.

Roby could also rejoin his point guard with the Buffs, Marcus Hall, who is also well traveled with professional stops in Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey and Bulgaria.

Burks and Higgins were recruited by Bzdelik and were the stars of Boyle's first 24-win season at CU.

Former Buffs, Alec Burkes, Cory Higgins, and Chauncey Billups cheer on the Buffs during a game in February.
Former Buffs, Alec Burkes, Cory Higgins, and Chauncey Billups cheer on the Buffs during a game in February. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Levi Knutson, the sharpshooter on the NIT semifinal team, is working the CU basketball camp this week. Due to an Achilles' tendon injury, he might not be able to run with the Buffs again next week.

"It's killing me. I'm still healing up right now," said Knutson, who averaged 13.8 points per game playing professionally in Spain last year. "It's an awesome idea. I'm hoping we can do it every summer."

Marcus Relphorde, who averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds last season in the D-League for the Canton Charge, is also invited back.

Burks, still only 20, averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds during his rookie season with the Utah Jazz. Higgins averaged 3.9 points and 0.9 rebounds for the Charlotte Bobcats.

"This a way for them to build relationships and reacquaint old friendships and let our current players understand the pride of the past players," Boyle said. "We're trying to build pride in this program."

Great Buffs like Roby and Higgins never made it to the NCAA Tournament, but they helped lay a foundation so Boyle could hit the ground running at CU.

The program's recent success, coupled with the move to the Pac-12, allowed the coaching staff to put together a top-25 class made up of freshmen Wesley Gordon, Chris Jenkins, Xavier Johnson, Josh Scott, Eli Stalzer and Xavier Talton.

"I've seen a couple of them. They're big and athletic, especially for freshmen," Knutson said. "It's really fun to see where the program is now."