It's not easy to just forget about a lost payoff of that magnitude.

And, rest assured, the alums of the Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball program that barely missed out on a $2 million payoff at The Basketball Tournament last summer haven't forgotten. For those returning to Team Colorado this summer, it's all about finishing the job.

The winner-take-all format of The Basketball Tournament is back in its fourth incarnation this summer, and after last year's runner-up finish that saw the former Buffs well in control during the first half of the jackpot title game, there is a sense of unfinished business.

The roster essentially is set for Team Colorado, which will feature an interesting mix of holdovers and newcomers.

"I would've been happy if we took the same guys this year that we took last year, but certainly with the new additions I think we just got better," said Beau Gamble, the former CU player who serves as the team's general manager.

Among the returnees from the group that put together the stirring summer run a year ago are Dominique Coleman, Austin Dufault, Marcus Hall, Marcus Relphorde, Richard Roby, Calvin Williams, and Shannon Sharpe. Team Colorado again will be coached by Dwight Thorne, now the director of basketball operations for former CU assistant Rodney Billups at the University of Denver.


The newcomers are highlighted by 2016 senior Josh Scott, who left CU ranked eighth all-time in scoring, third in rebounding, and second in blocked shots; Chris Copeland, who recently completed a four-year NBA career; and Michel Morandais, the 2004 graduate who remains 11th on CU's all-time scoring list. Also new to the mix will be 2016 graduate Xavier Talton and James Wright, a teammate of Morandais' for two seasons in the early 2000s.

Team Colorado originally had David Harrison on the roster as well, but the Buffs' all-time leader in blocked shots will be unable to play due to work commitments. The roster is set except for the possible addition of the player who supplanted Scott as CU's No. 2 all-time leader in blocked shots, 2017 graduate Wesley Gordon.

The 64-team tournament begins July 8, and once again Team Colorado will hold a mini-camp at CU from June 29 through July 2.

"The biggest thing with those older guys we're bringing in is connecting them to the younger guys like Josh Scott, like Xavier Talton, that are new to the team," Gamble said. "Connecting those guys with the current guys really is what it's all about. Certainly (last year) is very motivating. We showed we can play at the highest level on the biggest stage of summer basketball. In addition to the exposure, these guys proved they still can play at a really, really high level."

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