Broken hand sidelines Deleon Brown from CU men’s basketball

Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer
Junior guard Namon Wright returned to the rotation for Colorado’s win against Stanford after missing the previous two games due to illness.

It was one in, one out of the rotation for the Colorado men’s basketball team on Sunday.

While the Buffaloes welcomed junior guard Namon Wright back into the mix for CU’s 64-56 win against Stanford after he missed the previous two games due to an illness, the Buffs played without sophomore guard Deleon Brown. Brown suffered a broken left hand, his shooting hand, at practice on Saturday and head coach Tad Boyle said the sophomore would be sidelined indefinitely.

Brown is scheduled to see a specialist Monday to determine the extent of the damage and decide whether surgery is necessary. Yet with the injury occurring to his shooting hand with less than a month remaining before the Pac-12 Conference tournament, there is a possibility Brown has played his final game of the season for the Buffs.

“Very unfortunate for Del,” CU coach Tad Boyle said. “Freak thing at the end of practice. I didn’t know it happened. I don’t think he knew, other than somebody slapped down at his hand and it hurt. We’ll know more as we go the next couple of days but he’s out indefinitely.”

Brown has averaged 5.0 points in 23 games and generally has given the Buffs sturdy defense along the perimeter. After a hot start to the season shooting-wise Brown had cooled of late, going 2-for-11 overall and 0-for-6 on 3-pointers over his previous five games.

Wright played only 15 minutes off the bench in his return Sunday while going 0-for-4 from the floor, but he knocked down both his free throw attempts while also recording two rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal, and no turnovers.

“We kind of brought him back slowly to kind of get his legs back with him,” Boyle said. “Especially with Del going down, we’re going to need Namon. We’re going to need him to really defend, really help us offensively and rebound the ball. He’s a capable rebounder.

“We get Namon coming back, which is appositive, but we lost Del, so that’s a negative. Namon will get back in the swing of things hopefully here soon.”

Movin’ on up

Freshman point guard McKinley Wright turned in another solid all-around game despite shooting just 4-for-15, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. McKinley Wright increased his season assist total to 135, which is the 15th-best single-season mark in team history while ranking third all-time among CU freshmen.

McKinley Wright needs only eight more assists to match Chauncey Billups’ freshman record of 143 set during the 1995-96 season.

White delivers

Former CU star Derrick White enjoyed the best game of his young NBA career Saturday night with San Antonio. White played a season-high 28 minutes in the Spurs’ 122-105 loss against Golden State and also recorded a number of other personal bests, including points (11), rebounds (seven), and free throws (5-for-6).

Until the past two games White had scored only 17 points all season, but he also 10 points in 12 minutes in a win at Phoenix on Wednesday. White was the Spurs’ first-round pick (29th overall) in last summer’s draft.


Carolina Panthers running back and Colorado native Christian McCaffrey was at the Coors Events Center checking out his former classmates from Stanford…CU matched a season-low by committing only 12 fouls…CU’s D’Shawn Schwartz matched a season-low by playing only five minutes, and afterward Boyle said the freshman guard was “under the weather.”…CU senior George King narrowly missed his seventh double-double of the season by posting 11 points and nine rebounds. King moved into 19th-place on CU’s career rebounding list (635) and took sole possession of fifth-place on CU’s list of career 3-pointers made (171)…Stanford has lost four consecutive road games.

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