After enduring a seven-game rut in December, Colorado reserve guard Maddox Daniels has made the most of his minutes lately.
Going into the 20th-ranked Buffaloes’ Pac-12 Conference battle Thursday night at Arizona State (7 p.m. MT, ESPN2), Daniels has been enjoying a productive stretch off the bench.
“One of our charges for Maddox is to stay within himself,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said. “Do what he can do and don’t try to do the things you can’t do. Part of that has been limiting his dribbles. Part of it has been taking great shots. Defend, help us rebound. Focus on the things you can be good at every single day. He’s coming along.”
The junior college transfer has endured a bit of a rollercoaster ride in his first season at the Division I level. It began well, with Daniels going 7-for-12 on 3-pointers through the season’s first five games. The next seven proved challenging, though, as Daniels struggled to a 1-for-15 mark from long range.
Daniels has reverted to his early form over the past four games, going 8-for-12 on 3-pointers in a run that was capped by an eight-point outing on Sunday against Utah. That game, and the 10 points Daniels scored against Iona on Dec. 29, marked Daniels’ top scoring efforts since he posted eight points against Arizona State in the season-opening game in China.
The addition of former ASU assistant Anthony Coleman to Boyle’s staff this year sparked a shift of duties on the staff. For his first nine seasons at CU, associate head coach Mike Rohn handled the one-on-one instruction for the Buffs’ big men, but now those duties are being handled by the 6-foot-10 Coleman.
Roughly midway through the season, Boyle reports that he is pleased with how that shift has been handled.
“It’s worked out great. I think the big guys really appreciate coach Coleman,” Boyle said. “He’s a guy that can jump in those drills and be a formidable defender at 6-10 and have a body to bang on. But then also, he’s played the position. And coach Rohn did a terrific job. Coach Rohn is such an underrated coach in terms of being able to work with anybody. He worked with our bigs the first nine years and did a great job. Now it gives him an opportunity to work with the guards, which is the natural position he played. It was kind of a natural move with Anthony coming in. I think it worked out well for both coaches.
“And I think sometimes it’s good for the players to hear a different voice. Especially some of the guys that have been around coach Rohn for three years. And maybe the guards, they’ve been hearing Kim English’s voice and Bill Grier’s voice for two years, and now they get to hear Mike Rohn’s voice. So sometimes it’s good from a players’ standpoint to hear a different voice as well. It’s been a good move.”
The broadcasting team of Jason Benetti and Bill Walton will be on the call of the CU-ASU game on ESPN2…Tyler Bey has shot .531 (26-for-49) with three double-doubles in six career games against the Sun Devils…Point guard McKinley Wright IV goes into the game tied with Marcus Hall for fourth-place on CU’s all-time assists list with 423. Next on that list is Jose Winston with 440 assists.