After guard Askia Booker went 0-for-6 from 3-point range against Colorado State on Tuesday, Colorado head coach Tad Boyle was asked if he worries about the junior's shooting.

"No, I don't," Boyle said. "Ski is a guy who is resilient. He's tough-minded. As long as he's taking good shots, which I think he is (there's no need to be concerned). In years past it was like, 'OK, he's taking some tough some shots.' His jump shot and his 3s, I don't worry about. He'll be fine."

So far this season, Booker is hitting just 23.8 percent of his 3s (10-for-42). That's coming off a year in which he struggled to hit just 31.2 percent (49-for-157).

Booker's numbers are puzzling because of the way he sizzles in practice. He has worked hard on his shot since last season, and it shows up nearly every day in practice. He has also run into some tough luck. He had at least two 3-point attempts on Nov. 30 against Air Force that appeared to be good before popping out. He's taking open shots for the most part, and when he misses, he not missing by much.

Nine games into the season, it would be unfair to judge Booker simply based on his 3-point shooting, however. The 6-foot-1 guard had done a lot of good things for the Buffs - including hitting some big 3s at times.

Some of the positives in Booker's game this year include:

1. He's hitting a career-high 47.5 percent of his shots inside the arc. Booker has been aggressive at driving the lane and hitting big layups, which helps those numbers. He made just 39.5 percent of his 2s last year and 41.4. percent as a freshman.

2. He is averaging a career-high 2.3 assists per game. He's already had four games with at least three assists, including a career-high six against Jackson State.

3. His free-throw percentage of 89.5 is a career high. He was a 73.7-percent shooter from the line coming into the year. He was 13-for-13 before a couple of misses against CSU, but is still 17-for-19 on the season.

4. Defensively, he's guarding the opposition better than in the past, and he's getting a career-high 1.4 steals per game.

5. He takes care of the ball when it matters most. Booker has 19 turnovers, but 16 of those have come during the 118 first-half minutes he has logged this year. In 117 second-half minutes, he has just three turnovers - two of those against UC Santa Barbara. Seven times in nine games, he has played the second half without a single turnover.

No question, the Buffs - and Booker - would love to see the 3-pointers go through the net more often. But for now, they aren't too worried.

"It's going to come," Boyle said. "I trust him and I believe in him. That hasn't gone away."

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