SportsBasketball Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Pat Rooney discusses CU sports Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: CU Buffs beat writer Pat Rooney discusses CU sports By Pat Rooney | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: June 28, 2019 at 11:32 a.m. | UPDATED: June 28, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. All righty folks, the questions have dried up so we'll wrap it up here. Thanks again for taking part! Good stuff today. I'm taking some time off over the next few weeks before the next school year ramps up again, but we'll try to do this again later in July. Enjoy the holiday next week and your summers in general!.....Pat R.You have the correct game, and there was an errant three in that mix from Bey. The last one he took all season! But he was off that whole game on a number of fronts. And I think this talk of Bey's threes might be a little overblown here.....we're not talking about a guy who should fire 3 or 4 per game under any scenario. But as with anything else, if he can knock down a few open ones from, say, the top of the key, where he likely will be left alone to start the year, it would open up a lot of thing for himself and for others.If I recall correctly Tad benched Bey in the Oregon game after taking a 3 and missing. It would be amazing if the 3 was a part of his game, but it seems like Tad is cold to that idea unless something changed.They're going to have a solid team again, but probably not a 30-win caliber team. Their top scorer (Max Hazzard) transferred to Arizona. But it's not like he was averaging 19 and the rest of the team eight and under. They had a pretty balanced group and a lot of those guys return, though the also lost their leading rebounder.got any scouting info on UC Irvine?I've only just met him, so I haven't really seen him in action during practices. I think the biggest part of his pedigree is his recruiting ability. The players definitely liked Kim and I think that was a loss, but I've been impressed so far with how Coleman carries himself.It seemed like Kim English brought a lot of energy and emotion to the bench last season. Do you see Anthony Coleman replacing that energy? Where do his coaching strengths lie?Got a few minutes left still if anyone wants to chime in. Appreciate all the good chatter today!That's a solid assessment. I still think his mid-range game will be just fine. And he is probably a better 3 shooter than we saw. I don't have a specific update, but I know Tad talked about that being an area Bey would focus on this offseason. The upside is they don't NEED him to take 3-4 3's per game. He's still going to have the bulk of his success around the basket.Any updates on Bey's jumper? Seemed like they were content to let him prove a little range last year early and then reigned him in when he didn't deliver and the games got more important.Fantastic idea. But have you checked recently how much non-Broncos coverage is on local TV, let alone CU sports? The school wouldn't need to chip in---they do a lot of that sort of stuff on their own site.I'm with 1992 Buff. The Camera needs to team up with a local TV station to send a film crew over there and do a nightly piece for the news. The school should chip in too for the PRI agree with Schwartz being a big factor, and if he's averaging at least 13 ppg I think this team will be in great shape. For me, the other 'take the next step' guy is Battey. His size and skills makes him tough to guard, and after finishing strong after two years on the sideline you have to think there's potential there that has just started getting scratched.I really think Schwartz is the key to this season being the big success that it could be (NCAA Tourney + 1 or 2 wins). He's going to get open looks given CU's potential inside game and McKinley drawing the defense. He also showed the ability to blow by the defense when his 3 point shot was failing him. If he's averaging 13-15 per game, CU is going to be really tough to beat. Who do you see as the key player for CU taking that next step this season?There's not really much difference in those spots, just terminology. As far as the set calls and such, I'm sorry but that's probably a better question for Brian Howell. He's been around the team more to ask those types of questions. But I"m all for simplifying things in football schemes, especially on defense.My question about the Mel Tucker defense was more about scheme rather than personnel. I don't really understand the difference between the "Buffback" and the "Star". I also recall something about less set calls, instead responding to the offensive formations.'went this ROUTE.' Sheesh, Rooney.As for Cal, a little background for everyone is that the state recently passed a resolution that, in a nutshell, will eventually allow (I think it doesn't start until 2023) state schools to pay student-athletes. The response kind of was what I expected--the NCAA sending the state a letter saying those schools would forfeit eligibility for NCAA competition if they went this rout. But I think the legislature could be less about getting athletes in Cali paid than opening up a conversation----for instance, if more state's follow suit, how could the NCAA kick them all out?Are you talking about the current investigations regarding fallout from the FBI probe? I don't think allowing name and likeness would undercut any ongoing investigation, but I don't think anything along those lines will be approved that quickly. Just this spring the NCAA announced a task force, which will include Rick George, to examine the issue and what fallout might arise from allowing it.How serious is Cal about allowing the players to get paid? Seems fair to me unlike coaches and boosters paying them under the table. Would paying the players for their likeness somehow undermine the current investigation?All very fine logic. Which I'm sure would fall on deaf ears. Haha.You should campaign for the China trip. Probably cheaper to go there than Hawaii. You can get a $500 RT ticket and hotels are cheap. Other than the time spent it's probably about the same cost as a trip to Pullman.As for Dombek, I think help-side shot blocking will probably be his best asset defensively as a freshman.Walton hasn't been pushing himself ahead of schedule---he's been through this before and wasn't going to rush anything. That said, there have been no setbacks and he's reached every target so far. The idea was to have him full speed when practice starts in October, and he's on track for that.is Walton full speed yet? Dombek is supposed to be fairly athletic. Can he be an effective shot blocker as well?I know they were looking at Lamont Butler, a PG out of Riverside, CA, but he recently committed to SD State. With the two spots still open for the 2020 class (they have two seniors this year, plus the current open scholarship; Luke O'Brien from Columbine has already committed for 2020) PG definitely has to be a priority.Do we have any PG recruits in the works? I don't know of any behind McKinley/KountzI think that sound close to what I'd go with, but per an earlier question, you're omitting Maddox Daniels. I haven't really seen the guy play yet, but they brought him here with the idea he'd be a rotation player (maybe bumping Parquet down the list on your outline) and I still think if he proves himself having a bigger guard starting alongside McKinley could be an enticing mixI'm going with McKinley, Gatling, Schwartz, Bey, Battey as my starting five. I think Walton will need some time to get up to speed, but not sure he can beat out Battey with the way he finished last season anyway. I'm tempted to put Kountz over Gatling in the starting lineup, but we need Kountz as the backup PG. So Kountz is 6th man. Siewert/Walton/Kountz/Parquet off the bench. Strating/Dombek on deep bench. Sound about right?To answer those in order: yes, both reportedly are undergoing NCAA investigations as we speak. Yes, coaches still under scrutiny. Prior to the season? I'd be shocked if anything happened that fast. To call the wheels of NCAA justice slow would be an understatement.Are there still investigations going on concerning AZ and USC? and if so are their coaches still under scrutiny? and if so will we hear anything prior to the season?I will not be on that trip unfortunately. Bummer obviously, but given Hawaii at Christmas last year didn't get approved, I didn't think China would be either! I also will not be traveling for the Pac-12 media days this year, but all other road travel will be the same.Do you get to make the trip to China with the team?Hey now go easy on yourself! Football isn't rocket surgery. haha. Right now I'd say the biggest difference is zero depth at corner. I'm worried they'll be at least a year away from what they want on defense, but hopefully some of the traits he's been preaching--toughness, tackling--is on display a little bit. They'll be solid up front but the departures recently from the secondary are alarming.Football question. What's the main difference we are going to see with the Mel Tucker defense vs last year? Feel free to dumb down the answer so I understand.Mostly mid-majors. He didn't want to name names, but sounded like some WCC schools and Big Sky schools, since the coach that turned Boyle & Co. on to Daniels was a past assistant at Northern Colorado.I didn't ever see it discussed or stated anywhere, but what other schools were recruiting Maddox Daniels?I'd be surprised if he doesn't take that open spot into the season. Their roster/rotation is set for 2019-20. They wouldn't take a grad transfer anyway, and I don't think there are any sit-then-play transfers that enticing to them right now. I'm of the opinion having something like that in your back pocket is advantageous the way college basketball recruiting/transfers is set up right now. It keeps plenty of options open.Any updates on where Tad is leaning with that last scholarship?That's an interesting question. As far as their 3% goes, they had a really down year from the arc last year and I expect that to improve, regardless of where the line is. Someone like Schwartz, who camps out a lot in what now will be a tighter corner, will have to be more mindful of the out of bounds line. But I don't think the distance will bother them, and since they should be as stronger inside than they have been in a while--Battey, Bey, Walton, etc.---the distance might be a good thing for CU just because of the way it could open up more space down low.Overall, do you think moving the 3-point line back will help or hinder CU this season?I'd still give the nod to Washington. They lost a few guys for certain but they have two high-impact freshmen coming in and a Kentucky transfer in Quade Green, who will be eligible at the semester break midseason. But honestly if I was turning in my preseason Pac-12 vote today, I'd probably put the Buffs at No. 2. Oregon will be a patchwork roster but might be better at season's end, like this past year. Arizona is adding some impact guys as well but I still question how they will respond to a really bad season.with the loss of talent due to recently completed draft process, who will be the top team in Pac-12?If it is between those two, I'd take Kountz. But I think the new JUCO transfer, Maddox Daniels, will be in that mix too. He gives them a little more size alongside Wright, and I kind of like Kountz off the bench because he's the closest thing they have to a backup PG.Who starts- Gatling or Kountz?He's coming along, but as has been the case with him, the weight room will continue to be his challenge. He's gained a little weight but I'm curious to see where he will be at after the summer. If he keeps progressing as he has since the fall he should be in good shape.How is Dombeck coming along? Tad seemed to imply he had NBA potential.Greetings. I know they are very close and that it nearly was released recently before they had a hangup with one particular contract. Guessing they won't do it during a holiday week next week, but certainly by the end of July.When do you expect the full OOC schedule to be released?We will get this rolling at noon MT and I'll be here at least an hour to chat about all things CU Buffs.Greetings Buffs fans! Felt time for a summer update before a holiday weekend next week, so I'll be here for an hour or so to talk hoops or whatever else you'd like to discuss.