From former Colorado basketball stars competing in the wee hours for a $2 million prize to current Buffaloes playing overseas, it was a busy overnight scene for the CU program.
Here’s is a quick recap of a pro debut for a prominent former Buff, how forward Wesley Gordon fared Down Under, and the alumni that form Team Colorado fared in The Basketball Tournament.
• Gordon put together a solid performance in Australia as a team of Pac-12 Conference all-stars routed the Melbourne Tigers 107-51. Gordon received a starting nod and logged 17 minutes, scoring six points to go with a team-best 10 rebounds and a blocked shot. The all-stars will play the Australian national team on Tuesday and Thursday in Melbourne.
• Team Colorado erased the disappointment of last year’s one-and-done showing in The Basketball Tournament with a 78-73 opening-round win against Shaare Zedek. Marcus Hall paced the former Buffs by going 11-for-16 from the floor for a team-best 27 points, while Marcus Relphorde added 13 points. Richard Roby chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds. Team Colorado will face a team of Boston College alumni Sunday afternoon for a berth in the tournament’s Sweet 16.
• Recent CU graduate Josh Scott made his professional debut Saturday with the Denver Nuggets summer league team, playing six minutes in a 106-62 win against Memphis. Scott finished with two points and a steal. Denver plays against Miami on Monday night at 6 p.m. MDT in a game that will air live on ESPN2.
• Scott wasn’t the only former Buffaloes player to make his 2016 NBA summer league debut Saturday night. Spencer Dinwiddie, recently traded to Chicago before the Bulls’ splashy signing of Dwayne Wade, posted 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes in his debut as a Bull. Former CU guard Askia Booker also played seven minutes for Phoenix in its win against Portland Saturday night.
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