A player-by-player look at the 2015-16 Colorado Buffaloes:
Brett Brady, Sr., G
A favorite of fans and the coaching staff alike, the sharpshooting Brady appeared in 10 games, knocking down 3-of-6 3-point attempts. Brady made noise earlier this season about returning for one more year at CU, but instead has opted to become a graduate transfer to possibly enjoy more playing time at another program. If the waning minutes of the Buffs' win against Washington State in the Pac-12 tournament ultimately becomes Brady's final on-court appearance for CU, he made it a fitting end by connecting on his only 3-point attempt.
Xavier Johnson, Sr., F
Expected to cap a commendable CU career as one of the team leaders this year, Johnson's 2015-16 season went down the drain when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon last June. He has made steady progress since returning to practice in January, and he has given the Buffs another starter-quality player to battle against during workouts. While Johnson has stated he's keeping his options open for 2016-17, a return after taking a redshirt seems likely.
Josh Scott, Sr., F/C
The heart and soul of the 2015-16 Buffaloes, Scott made it clear at the end of last season he intended to make amends for a subpar junior year thwarted by a back injury. He did just that. A first team All-Pac-12 performer and an All-Defensive Team selection, Scott has posted 12 double-doubles while leading the Buffs in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (8.7). The Colorado native will depart CU as one of the program's all-time greats, as he enters his third NCAA tournament in four seasons ranked eighth all-time in scoring (1,686), fourth in rebounding (963), second in blocked shots (162), and tied for second in double-doubles (35). A two-time winner of the Pac-12 Player of the Week, Scott set single-season career-highs for blocks (52) and assists (58). He enters the NCAA tournament with exactly 500 points this season — becoming the 28th CU player to reach that mark.
Eli Stalzer, Sr., G
Stalzer accepted a lesser role as a senior with dignity and class, becoming a key practice contributor for the Buffs. Stalzer has appeared in just nine games this season after playing in 71 over his first three seasons and will become the rare basketball player to leave CU with a music degree.
Xavier Talton, Sr., G
Another player disappointed in his showing as a junior, Talton rebounded this season to provide steady leadership in the backcourt. Talton set career-highs in assists (64) and steals (25). And while he didn't shoot nearly enough free throws to qualify for the list of CU's all-time leader, his 39-for-43 mark (.907) would have shattered the program record of .866 (Cory Higgins in 2010-11). A hustle play by Talton at Washington State — he dove to the floor to corral a loss ball and, from his back, found George King for a 3-pointer — sparked a late run that may have spared CU from what would have been a bad loss on its NCAA resume.
Wesley Gordon, R-Jr., F
Much of the preseason talk surrounding Gordon centered on the hope the premier interior defender would unleash a more consistent offensive game. It never happened, as Gordon's team-leading .550 field goal percentage from a year ago has dropped to .413 heading into the NCAA Tournament. Yet Gordon never let his offensive struggles affect the rest of this game, as he ranked second on the team in rebounding (7.6 per game) and led the way in blocked shots with 66 — a number that sits just one behind Andre Roberson for the fourth-best single-season mark in program history. Gordon picked up the slack for an injured Josh Scott in mid-February by posting three consecutive double-doubles, and he provided a career highlight in December by recording 15 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocked shots to spark a rivalry win at Colorado State.
Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Jr., G/F
Inconsistency marked Fletcher's play in 2015-16, but when he has been on Fletcher has shown he can carry the team in spurts. After a run of just one double-figure scoring effort in 15 games, head coach Tad Boyle challenged Fletcher to make a greater impact prior to the Buffs' game at Oregon State on Feb. 6. He responded by going 6-for-9 from the floor with 15 points and a season-high six rebounds, scoring all of his points in the second half after Josh Scott went down with an ankle injury. Fletcher proceeded to turn in three more double-digit scoring efforts over the next seven games, a stretch that included an abbreviated six-minute appearance at home against Washington State due to an ankle injury.
Josh Fortune, Jr., G
A transfer from Providence, Fortune settled in among CU's rotating cast of wing players to provide a steady scoring punch from 3-point range. He ranks third on the team in scoring (10.4) and second in total assists (75). Though Fortune struggled with turnovers from late December through a seven-turnover game against Washington State on Feb. 11, he enters the NCAA Tournament having committed just five turnovers over the past seven games. Fortune scored a season-high 21 points on a 5-for-7 showing from 3-point range at home Jan. 27 against Stanford, and he enters the NCAA tournament having scored at least 10 points in eight of the past nine games. Fortune also gained NCAA Tournament experience with Providence two years ago.
Derrick White, Jr., G
A classic late bloomer, White provided another starting-caliber player to compete against at practice while sitting out the season as a transfer from Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs. Expect White to make a significant impact in his lone remaining year of eligibility in 2016-17.
George King, R-So., G
Following his true freshman season two years ago, head coach Tad Boyle asked King to take a redshirt season to hone his game. King accepted the challenge with zeal and became the breakout star of 2015-16. He showcased how well he used the year in the gym in the season's second game, erupting for 27 points on a 9-for-14 effort in a win at Auburn. King put on several shooting exhibitions, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range and scoring 23 points in a win against BYU and hitting 8-of-9 from the floor (and a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc) in a home win against Stanford. King opened the Pac-12 Conference tournament by hitting five of his first six shots, finishing with a team-leading 21 points in a win against Washington State. King enters the NCAA tournament with the best 3-point percentage of all Pac-12 players (.456), and in recent weeks he has displayed a marked improvement as a rebounder. King also has shot a solid .761 at the free throw line. He provided the shot of the year with a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer against Washington State on Feb. 11 in a game the Buffs eventually won in double overtime.
Dominique Collier, So., G
The sophomore from Denver was tasked with running the offense this season, and the results have been mixed. Collier has vastly improved his shooting since his freshman season, increasing his overall field goal percentage from .345 to .389. He made an even more significant jump from long range, improving his 3-point percentage from .269 to .455 — a mark that trails only King among the Pac-12 leaders. In a career-best shooting performance, Collier went 6-for-7 on 3-pointers with a career-best 21 points at Washington on Jan. 20. However, Collier often has struggled to stay out of foul trouble, including two games in the Pac-12 tourney in which he logged just 27 total minutes. His turnovers often have occurred in bunches (five games with at least four), and a six-turnover night at USC led to a one-game exclusion from the starting lineup three nights later against UCLA. However Collier appears to have turned a corner on that front; beginning with the UCLA game, he has committed just 11 turnovers in six games.
Kenan Guzonjic, So., F
The forward from Bosnia never got on track, arriving this year on the heels of knee surgery. The setback also caused his conditioning to be an early-season shortcoming. After appearing in six of the season's first seven games, Guzonjic has appeared in just seven games since. He hasn't played more than three minutes since a nine-minute stint against Hampton, when he recorded season-highs of eight points and five rebounds.
Tory Miller, So., F
Though the 6-foot-9 Miller still is seeking greater consistency, he showed signs of being capable of picking up the interior slack next year after the departure of Josh Scott. The only big man off the bench, Miller came on strong during the second half of the season, slowly increasing his scoring average to 5.6 and his rebounding average to 4.7. Miller posted his second career double-double against Hampton with 10 rebounds and a career-best 19 points.
Josh Repine, So., G
Mostly a contributor in practice, the Kent Denver product played a total of eight minutes over six appearances. Repine made his first and only field goal on a 3-pointer late in a Nov. 29 win against Northern Colorado.
Thomas Akyazili, Fr., G
One of the pleasant surprises in 2015-16, the Belgian national appeared in 32 of 33 games and quickly earned a regular spot in the guard rotation. Akyazili struggled at times from long range (.293 3-point percentage), but he displayed confident flair as a passer with a knack for protecting the ball (a 1.8 assists-to-turnover ratio). Akyazili enters the NCAA Tournament having hit 8-of-16 shots over the past three games.
Mitch Lombard, Fr., G
Another player whose contributions occurred largely at practice, the rookie from Rock Canyon High School has played a total of nine minutes over six games. He earned his first career assist against Northern Colorado and attempted his only shot in a home win against Stanford on Jan. 27.