For two players destined to share time in the backcourt with the Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball team for years to come, freshmen Bryce Peters and Deleon Brown in many ways are polar opposites.
Both players check in at 6-foot-4, but the similarities end there. Brown is quiet and unassuming, boasting a silky left-handed jump shot reminiscent of the sleepy, long-range prowess of former NBA star Sam Perkins. Peters' explosive skills are dwarfed only by his exuberant personality, with the sight of him gliding across campus on his skateboard with headphones clamped over his ears quickly becoming common.
They are two of the bookends of a batch of 2016 freshmen that fans will get to watch in action for the first time Saturday as coach Tad Boyle's club opens the Coors Events Center doors at 2 p.m. for an open workout followed by an intrasquad scrimmage.
Peters and Brown will make their unofficial debuts alongside fellow freshmen Lucas Siewert, Dallas Walton, and Alex Strating. Also showcasing his skills before CU fans for the first time — and likely the last time until he regains his eligibility next year — will be Missouri transfer Namon Wright.
"Bryce Peters, he's just an old-fashioned baller," Boyle said. "He's done some nice things. Deleon Brown is that silent-assassin type guy. He doesn't say much and isn't real flashy, but you watch film and he does a lot of good things offensively and defensively.
"Bryce is a little more outgoing. Deleon is a little quieter. But both are very effective in their own way and both are going to be really good players at Colorado. I'm pleased with where they are."
Boyle mentioned earlier this preseason he hopes to use a rotation at least nine to 10 players deep once the regular season begins Nov. 11 at home against Sacramento State. With the first eight of those players already a lock — Wesley Gordon, Xavier Johnson, Derrick White, George King, Josh Fortune, Dominique Collier, Tory Miller, and Thomas Akyazili — Peters and the 6-foot-10 Siewert are the rookies most likely to log minutes out of the gate.
"At first I thought it was going a little slow for me, learning to adjust to these guys' speed and IQ," Peters said. "But now it's going great. I'm playing with these guys well and I can see myself fitting in with these guys. In high school you can take plays off and easily get by. Here it's a constant sprint. You've got to be in great shape to play this game."
Brown certainly could play his way into the mix, but the Buffs' glut of experienced, long-armed wing players might make it difficult for him to crack the rotation. Same with Walton, a 7-footer from Arvada West who has impressed early with his soft hands, solid footwork, and surprisingly accurate outside shooting touch.
Barring injuries to Gordon or Miller, the skilled-but-slight Walton (222 pounds) could be ticketed for a redshirt season. That also is the case with Strating, a native of the Netherlands who will spend the season as a walk-on but is expected to become a scholarship player next year.
"They all have done some really nice things," Boyle said. "Dallas Walton can really shoot the ball. We knew Lucas could shoot it and we knew Dallas was skilled, but he really shoots the ball from the perimeter. He's got good hands, good touch. Lucas is another guy who can really stretch the defense. You have to guard those guys even behind the 3-point line."