Colorado sophomore Tyler Bey has become one of the more intriguing pieces on Tad Boyle’s squad.
Colorado sophomore Tyler Bey has become one of the more intriguing pieces on Tad Boyle's squad. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

The nonconference portion of the Colorado basketball schedule hasn't been finalized yet, and the Pac-12 Conference schedule typically isn't released until mid-September.

Still, Colorado's Tyler Bey already has a couple dates circled mentally, if not yet officially.

When next season rolls around Bey finally will have an opportunity to compete against his good friend and cousin, incoming Washington freshman Jamal Bey. The cousins both grew up in Las Vegas and attended competing high schools but their slight age difference, combined with Tyler Bey's eventual move to California for the end of high school, means the Beys have not once met on the floor while suiting up for opposing teams.

There have been plenty of pickup showdowns, for sure. But when Washington and CU meet twice during the 2018-19 season, it will be the first time Tyler Bey has faced his cousin as a rival.

"We grew up together, so it's going to be nice," Tyler Bey said. "By the time he got to high school I was in L.A. It's going to be a lot of fun."

While Bey's matchups against his cousin remain half a year away, his offseason work so far in the weight room has the ultra-athletic Bey primed to make a big jump from his rookie season.

After a slow adjustment to the speed of the college game, Bey came on strong late and, behind freshman point guard McKinley Wright, he became one of the more intriguing pieces to a freshman class that was leaned upon heavily in 2017-18.


"I need to get stronger, but with that said I'm good at moving my feet, and that's one thing I really need to focus on, moving my feet a lot and using my hands and arms," Bey said. "And then just being more physical. I've just been in the weight room. I do my extra reps. (Tad) Boyle wants me to reach 220 and that's what I'm shooting for."

The 6-foot-7 Bey played last season at 206 pounds and often found himself forced to guard much bigger opponents on the low blocks. Nevertheless, Bey improved steadily as the season progressed, starting the season's final 21 games and finishing with averages of 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds along with a solid .503 shooting percentage. Those numbers inched up to 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a .543 field goal percentage during conference play — a ledger that doesn't include a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in a win against Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

"He's done a good job in the weight room. I just want to make sure he continues to maintain and add," Boyle said. "We all know when the season gets here and we start practicing and getting up and down six days a week, it's easy to lose weight. We just want to build him up to break him down, so to speak. (Strength coach) Steve Englehart does a great job with our guys in the weight room, there's no question. I just want to make sure they're getting the nutrition along with it so it's good weight and sustainable to keep it on. But Tyler has done a great job."

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