Just like everybody else in Buff Nation, Dominique Collier was eagerly awaiting Spencer Dinwiddie's decision about his future.

Now that everyone knows Dinwiddie is skipping his senior season with the Colorado men's basketball team and entering the NBA Draft, there's no question that Collier becomes a bit more important next season.

"The coaches just told me to be ready, because they're expecting me to come in and play right away," said Collier, a senior at Denver East High School and one of two players in CU's 2014 recruiting class. Forward Tory Miller is the other 2014 recruit.

Dinwiddie, a 6-foot-6 point guard who recently finished his junior season, made it clear before the year that he would leave for the NBA. A season-ending knee injury on Jan. 12, however, put that decision on hold. Until a press conference on Thursday, nobody was really sure what Dinwiddie would do.

CU coaches loved the idea of Dinwiddie coming back and Collier, a 6-foot-2 point guard, learning from the veteran star. Collier was hoping for that, too.

"I was excited for him, but at the same time I wanted to have a year with him, just to have that experience," Collier said. "But, I know I'll have that same experience with the coaches and the players that are already there."

With Dinwiddie gone, that opens up the competition for the point guard position.

Senior Askia Booker can play the point and did a nice job running the team in Dinwiddie's absence during the second half of the season. But, Booker had been a shooting guard his first two-and-a-half seasons, and the Buffs may prefer him to return to that spot full-time.

Junior Xavier Talton split point guard duties with Booker during the second half of the year and he, too, did a nice job in that role. He was inconsistent, however, and will certainly have to earn that starting job back.

Sophomore Jaron Hopkins is in the mix, too. He initially took over the starting role when Dinwiddie got hurt, but struggled and gave way to Talton. Hopkins flourished as a reserve, though, and with an offseason to train, he could very well earn a starting job.

Junior Eli Stalzer provided a good lift off the bench in the second half, too.

Meanwhile, big things are expected of Collier, who averaged 23.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.5 steals for Denver East this past season.

"I think he's going to be a great addition and he's going to be someone that's going to come in and compete, for sure," Dinwiddie said. "It looks like he's going to bring another ball handler and distributor. It looks like he can shoot a little bit.

"If he can make plays, you guys will know. If he comes to practice and brings it, coach (Tad Boyle) will put him out there and he will do his thing."

While Boyle and the Buffs would have loved to have seen Dinwiddie and Collier on the roster together, Boyle knew all along that Dinwiddie might leave this year anyway.

"(Collier) is a guy who may be counted on more heavily and we recruited Dom with that in mind," Boyle said.

Collier knew it was a possibility, too, and he said he will be ready to compete.

"I'm just going to get ready and go up there, work extremely hard and just have my work ethic and my game put me in a (role)," he said. "I'm exited about playing with everyone on that team and just learning from all the coaches."

Contact BuffZone.com Writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.