SportsBasketball Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs athletics (Nov. 8, 2019) Big weekend ahead with basketball opener, football vs. StanfordShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Chat replay: Pat Rooney discusses CU Buffs athletics (Nov. 8, 2019) By Pat Rooney | firstname.lastname@example.org | Boulder Daily CameraPUBLISHED: November 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm | UPDATED: November 8, 2019 at 2:16 pmBuffZone.com beat writer Pat Rooney takes questions and leads a discussion on CU Buffs athletics. Chat begins at 1 p.m. MT. All right folks I've got to call it here. Thanks a ton for tuning in this week....easy to tell excitement for the basketball team is building! We'll be doing this on a weekly basis from here on out....will generally aim for Fridays but there will be times that gets juggled when I start traveling. Enjoy the game tonight and what should be a beautiful day Saturday at Folsom.....Pat R.I doubt he'll have time. I believe it's 16 hours of traveling. But if I see him at the game tomorrow and he seems particularly sleep-deprived, I'll be sure to ask!Is RG going to try and make it back from China in time for the Homecoming game tmrw?My guess is it will be a little of both. Early in the season it may be more reactive, because I think they don't want to push Walton's minutes too early. But later on there might be more of a balance with him trying to get opponents to react to his lineup.I like the big front court idea, except maybe against a zone team. Seems like Tad may react to other teams more than dictate the game himself with the lineup.That's fair. From what he inherited to where he got them in '16 was a heck of a leap. And by all accounts Bohn didn't get his way in the Embree hiring.Mac was a good hire. Can't put him in there with Hawkins/EmbreeI'm not sure how much I like taking a wing like Kountz off the floor to pair Dallas as a starter alongside Evan. But that's going to be an interesting twist to this team---they do have the depth and versatility that they certainly can mix those matchups accordingly against certain foes.Once Dallas comes along I could see Tad starting a bigger line-up in conference play especially against some of the bigger front-court teams. So Kin, Schwartz, Bey, Battey, and Dallas. Thoughts?All good points. Bohn did some great things at CU, but the Hawkins-Embree-Mac II trifecta on the football coaching hires will always be what he's remembered for, fairly or not. I wasn't covering the team with this sort of intensity in Bohn's days but I hear all the time how great he was in generating excitement for the hoops team. We'll see how it goes this year....this already is a group of guys that are easy to root for, if the team is winning as expected and they're still not drawing....well, then they really have a problem.Regarding Mike Bohn: Rick George clearly has been a tremendous fundraiser and businessman. Very happy with his work as AD. But Bohn was terrific with the students and fans. I remember once before one of the BB games where he came up to us (just regular season ticket holders sitting half way up the stands - not high rollers) and thanked us for being ticker holders. He also was great in energizing the students. The lack of student attendance and enthusiasm has really gotten almost embarrassing. A lot of that has to do with the disappointments of the last couple of years, but it was even down when we were making a great run at the end of last year. If Rick is not comfortable in the cheerleading role, they should hire an assistant to get the students re-energized. It definitely helps with the home court advantage. Maybe you can ask him if anything is being done to get the students back (other than winning more).Someone asked last week and I said 80-70 Buffs. I'm sticking with that.Did you make a prediction for this game?Last one from me...prediction for tonight? We haven't fared so well against Bobby's Boys away from Boulder, but...What I've liked so far watching Schwartz in practice is he's staying aggressive attacking the hoop. Which he started to do at the end of last year, but I think it helped something click for him. He's been shooting well too. Getting a solid double-figure scoring average from him would be another boon to this team.From what I can tell, D Schwartz is primed for a breakout year. The kid obviously put in a lot of work in the off-season, looks stronger and more committed than ever.I know we're up against the top of the hour, but I've got time to take a few more if you still want to fire away. But the shot clock is ticking folks!As for Dallas, don't be surprised if they bring him along slowly in nonconference. But he's healthy, and he looked great in the exhibition.I don't think it was an overall terrible season for Siewert, but he certainly struggled down the stretch. He's had a good half-season each of the last two years but hasn't put it all together. But if he can average around 5 rebounds like last year, especially since he's likely to be more off the bench this year and see fewer overall minutes than last year, his spot in the rotation will be secure.Two-part question but related...how healthy is Dallas? And do you see Lucas bouncing back after an off-year or relegated to more pine time?I don't think personal experience is necessarily a requisite for a position coach in any sport. But in Coleman's case, they have a guy that is both big enough and young enough to get out there and knock elbows with Dallas, Lucas, etc. and demonstrate how things are supposed to get done.I always was curious what Rohn could bring to the table with regard to coaching the bigs. I am sure he is a good coach, but he couldn't exactly draw on personal experience on the floor. Or maybe I'm mistaken and he showed off his back to the basket game and dunking prowess. But probably not.It actually was Red Shoes 25, not to be confused with his brother Red Shoes 22. But yeah, that definitely was weird, but it's China. If that's the most peculiar thing the team encounters during its week there, that's a win.I know you're not there, but the exhibition seemed kind of odd. They switched teams at the last second and the players don't have names - Red Shoes 22, etc. China is kind of a weird place, but the lack of player names on the stats is bizarre.I like the idea of Gatling off the bench. He's a streaky shooter, and you can find out pretty quickly if he's going to give you a spark or if he's off. Plus, he's capable enough to spell Wright for a few possessions at the point. My guess, and I wrote this the other day, I think that starting spot comes down to Kountz and Parquet. I wouldn't be surprised if Tad goes with defense tonight with Eli, but ultimately I think Kountz will play more minutes at the spot over the long haul of the season.Who gets the most minutes at the 2? Personally I think Kountz has the highest ceiling with Gatling coming off the bench. But now it appears Parquet is earning some time.And get rid of the Tips for the Toilet above the urinals? Blasphemy! I don't really know anything about the in-arena advertising. And I haven't asked Rick in a while where they are at with the naming rights, but that's a good question. I'll bump it up my to-do list.Do you know how much the Sawaya Law Firm paid for the ads on the floor of the entry and the huge "banner" on the wall as you walk in? At least it wasn't Frank Azar. Any plans to sell other space in the Events Center - maybe on the wall above the urinals? ;-)And for what it's worth, I'd certainly describe Kim English as a no BS coach.I got to watch Kim English for two full seasons and Coleman for just one preseason so far, so I'm not sure that can be answered definitively just yet. It's a different dynamic this year because Coleman is working one-one-one with the bigs instead of Rohn for the first time since Tad/Rohn got here. The players certainly seem to respond to him. He's probably not as outwardly extroverted and vocal as English from what I've seen so far.How would you compare Coleman's relationship with the players to English's? I recall that English was very popular. Is Coleman more of a serious, no BS, type coach?You are right about the expectations. When they're low, his teams tend to do better than expected. When they're high it's been the other way. Personally I think the No. 2 is legit. That's exactly where I voted them. Assuming they stay healthy, I think anything short of competing for a P12 title, either regular season or tourney (preferably both) and an NCAA bid is a disappointing year.Hey Pat, the four most welcome words for CU fans...it's almost basketball season. What do you think of the #2 P12 ranking? Tad's teams tend not to live up to expectations, but no excuses this season.So he actually left ASU for UNLV, and CU just kind of happened and timed out well.The short of it is he thought he was going to get on staff at UNLV, and when that fell through the ship had sailed on returning to ASU. But Kim English left CU at the same time so the Buffs had an opening.Do you know why Anthony Coleman left ASU for CU?Sometimes me no talk so good.I knew what you meant. ;-)I don't know this for certain, but I believe several of the functions already were jointly between the teams, like the world's biggest Starbucks and Disneyland. Also they both played exhibitions the other day as a doubleheader, so I'm sure they crossed paths.Were there any joint functions with CU and ASU in China? Or do they keep them apart until the actual game?Back to you, 1992.....If they win, most definitely. if coach Tucker can get in kids' homes I think he'll always be able to sell this program. Success breeds success, and Tucker's ties to that SEC footprint, if you will, I think are deep enough that it won't run dry just because he's been in Boulder a few years.Hey Niwot J back to you....noticed a typo in my response. Meant they could probably get as much from Barthelemy as they did from freshman Dom. Obviously Dom wasn't there last year. Meant 'that' year as in his freshman year.I was shocked that Alfano decided to come here. Players like that haven't even looked the direction of CU in decades. It's pretty clear that Mel was a significant factor in his decision (but perhaps his academic advisor from Alabama coming here had something to do with it too?). It seems like there's going to be a honeymoon period right now where HS players who know Mel from Georgia may come here. If there's no momentum carried over from Georgia the question will be can Mel recruit like this on his own?As far as your comparison....I think Barthelemy will be better than Dom when it's said and done. But Dom didn't shoot well as a freshman, and yeah I think Barthelemy certainly could give as much as they got from Dom last year. But I think if they're in that position, it means something terribly wrong has happened to the season.He's very fast with the ball. I'd guess he's the fastest guy on the team foul line to foul line with the ball. I think he'd be best served with the redshirt season, but I think he could step in if needed. I think the only scenario where that happens is if Wright gets hurt, and I don't think he can step into those shoes and keep this team at the expectation level that has been set.I was very impressed with Barthelemy at the scrimmage before the football game. Extremely quick and aggressive. Not quite as much when he played in the exhibition game. I know that the plan is to redshirt him, but if something happened (knock on wood) that changed that, do you think he is ready to play at Pac-12 level - at least to the level of a Dom Collier who played as a freshman?It's always interesting to me to see the divide in CU hoops fans about Tad. I don't know if they will ever be like Gonzaga, but he certainly has built a track record of developing guys over the long haul. That actually was a selling point for Barthelemy.With the recruits Tad is bringing in the future is looking pretty bright. Especially if Kin will stay another year to help bring the guards along. The league seems to be divided in the player development vs one and done approach, with UO, UW, and UA taking the latter approach. I think the Tad way will lead to better long term success, kind of like Gonzaga.A bigger one EVER? That's kind of subjective. But yes, in terms of what coach Tucker is trying to get going here, it feels like a critical one. Will be interesting if the addition of Alfano leads to an overall bump in CU's next recruiting class.More of a comment- I hope Buffs fans show up in good numbers and help create a great environment tomorrow. I really think the team plays well at home and gets a big win vs Stanford. Not to mention it’s a massive recruiting weekend. Can you recall a bigger weekend for recruiting?Nothing new to report, but both programs reportedly are under NCAA investigation now. My guess is if anything does (and finally) comes of it, it won't happen until after the season.What's the latest on Sean Miller and the USC coach? is the NCAA looking the other way? Is there a chance they'll still get penalized?Up in the air and the ol' game time decision.Any word on KJ Trujillo status at CB for tomorrow’s game against Stanford?Good question, but no. Their exhibition the other day was FIBA international rules but this will be an NCAA game all the way.Are there going to be different rules for the game tonight vs normal games the rest of the way?He looked OK at all the scrimmages and exhibition. He didn't play a ton and wasn't as sharp as he's been at times in practice. His minutes next year are hard to say and kind of dependent on Wright. If Wright stays and the roster stays the same with Eli and Kountz and Schwartz on the wing, he probably won't average 15. If Wright leaves, he certainly will.How did Keeshawn Bartholemy look in the scrimmage? Think he'll play over 15 min/game next year?In a matchup of CU foes, San Diego lost at home to UC-Irvine by 3 in season opener.They're expected to be down this year. That was a senior-heavy team last year and they were picked in a tie for 8th in the West Coast Conference preseason poll.San Diego any good?I'm not sure about a leap particular to one exhibition or scrimmage, but if I had to vote for a Most Improved award from the end of last season through the preseason, it would go to Eli Parquet.So who looked like they made the biggest leap at the scrimmage?I don't think it has anything to do with the network. If that was the case they'd make sure this was on the network and not ESPN2. Though I don't know the particulars of the finances, it's a revenue stream. Pac-12 schools tend to have the highest concentration of Asian international students, so it gives them exposure.Why do they do games in China? Does Larry Scott think China will save the Pac-12 Network?He did not. He hasn't committed anywhere yet. If he doesn't sign anywhere this week, it's likely a sign he'll be holding out to be a spring signee at UW, assuming a spot comes open there.Did that recruit who visited from Washington ever officially commit?Greetings again folks. We're ready to go, so fire away whenever. At long last tonight is the season opener for the men's basketball team, and I'd be happy to discuss football and whatever else too.Greetings Buffs fans! Thanks for tuning in and we will get started at 1 p.m. MT.