SAN FRANCISCO -- Spencer Dinwiddie didn't come to Colorado as one of the elite recruits in the country. In a short time, however, he has made quite a name for himself.

Dinwiddie, CU's 6-foot-6 point guard, is widely considered one of the best players in the country, and he's earned respect around the Pac-12.

"He always could shoot the ball and always was a big guard and used his size to get around people," Arizona junior Nick Johnson said on Thursday at Pac-12 media day. "He's worked his way to being a really good player -- always one of my toughest match-ups."

Stanford's Dwight Powell said, "He's a great player; strong head on his shoulders. I like his game. For a lot of teams in the Pac-12, his size and athleticism is a hard match-up. He's tall and he can shoot, which is a dangerous combination for the guard spot."

Earlier this week, CBS Sports listed Dinwiddie at No. 21 on its list of Top 100 players for the upcoming college basketball season -- and No. 1 among juniors. He is considered a potential first-round pick for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Dinwiddie came to CU as a three-star recruit in high school. He averaged 11.2 points and 7.7 assists as a senior at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif.

In two seasons at CU, he has averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He led the team in scoring (15.3 points per game) and assists (3.0) last season.

Dinwiddie is the classic example of how CU has built its program into an annual contender for the NCAA Tournament and the Pac-12 title, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said.


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"I think they've done a fantastic job of identifying and evaluating talent that maybe was a little bit under the radar," Romar said. "That has enabled them to get off to the start they wanted to get off to (during the first two years of Pac-12 play).

"I think they do a really good job of recruiting. They're thorough; they go after the right guys that fit their system. I love the way they've built what they're doing."

Enjoying the spotlight

Spencer Dinwiddie joined coach Tad Boyle in representing CU at Pac-12 media day this week. Because of his personal success, and the success of the Buffs in general, Dinwiddie was in high demand from media members. During the 1-on-1 portion of the day, Dinwiddie went from one interview to the next.

"I had never really done anything like that," he said. "From a pride aspect, to be recognized as that guy (that represents CU) and be able to come here and do this, it's really a blessing."

Praise for CU crowd

CU has become known for its spirited crowd lately, in particular the student section, labeled the C-Unit.

"Their crowd is pretty good," Powell said. "They have a good showing and they have good fan participation."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.