In the end, Tory Miller-Stewart decided he couldn't watch Dom Collier and Josh Repine take a final bow at the Coors Events Center without being part of it. He simply has known the guys too long.
While he remains adamant his appearance alongside his senior classmates should not be taken as a sign of his pending decision whether he will return to Colorado for a fifth season, Miller-Stewart's history with the two players he arrived at CU alongside made him eager to participate in the pregame senior ceremony before Sunday's Pac-12 Conference home finale against UCLA.
Prior to joining the Buffaloes, Miller-Stewart was on the same AAU team as Collier and was teammates with Repine at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire.
"Outside of George (King, a fifth-year senior) we all came in together in June of 2014," Miller-Stewart said. "Whether I stay or not, they're going to be gone. Just me Dom and Repine, we're all really close. Seeing each senior class go before me and seeing how special it was during that time, I couldn't miss out on that. Even if I have two, I didn't want to miss out on this one."
Head coach Tad Boyle also reiterated Miller-Stewart's participation in Senior Day should not be taken as a sign he will be moving on with his basketball career, but it perhaps is worth noting that in a similar situation two seasons ago an injured Xavier Johnson did not participate on Senior Day with his classmates before ultimately deciding to return to CU for a fifth season.
Miller-Stewart suffered a season-ending broken foot after just six games and is eligible for a fifth season. However, given that he is graduating in May, he also could move on and be immediately eligible elsewhere as a graduate transfer or possibly begin a professional career.
Miller-Stewart recently began light shooting drills and is hoping to take on more running and cutting drills this upcoming week.
With only one regular-season game remaining after the Sunday afternoon home finale against UCLA, the Buffs can still finish anywhere between eighth and 10th in the league standings. An eighth or ninth-place finish would likely mean a date with Arizona State in the first round of the league tourney...In seven previous appearances in the Pac-12 tournament, the Buffs have never lost their first-round game.