(Note: This is the last edition in a series of player reviews from the CU men’s basketball team for the 2019-20 season).
Lucas Siewert had shown more than a few flashes of big-game ability, and often during his first three seasons at Colorado the forward from Brazil rode hot streaks that lasted weeks at a time.
Yet putting together an entire, consistent season from start to finish proved elusive for Siewert until his senior year. With the exception of the season-ending five-game losing streak, during which almost every CU player struggled, Siewert was a steady presence off the bench for the Buffaloes throughout the 2019-20 season.
Settling into a bench role after starting 26 games as a junior, Siewert generally avoided the peaks and valleys that marked his first three seasons. And, by the time his career ended with the abrupt cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, Siewert’s name was entrenched among some of the greatest CU players in several categories.
Siewert averaged 5.6 fewer minutes per game this past year than he played as a junior, and his overall averaged dropped accordingly, with his scoring average falling from 8.9 to 7.7 and his rebounding average dipping from 5.1 to 4.1. Siewert posted an overall field goal percentage of .417, down slightly from .430 a year earlier, but his 3-point percentage improved from .352 to .386. Siewert also posted a career-best .842 mark at the free throw line (32-for-38), sharing the team lead with fellow senior Shane Gatling.
For much of the season, Siewert’s play had him among midseason candidates for the Pac-12’s Sixth Man of the Year award. The 6-foot-10 forward enjoyed a career night in the Buffs’ home loss against Northern Iowa on Dec. 10, hitting a career-best five 3-pointers before finishing 7-for-11 overall with a career-high 21 points.
Siewert was key in each of CU’s wins against a solid Arizona State squad, finishing 4-for-9 from the field with nine points and eight rebounds in the season-opening win in the Pac-12’s annual game in China. In a win at ASU on Jan. 16, Siewert went 4-for-6 on 3-pointers with 14 points.
Given a spot start two games later at home against Washington State as Tyler Bey nursed a hand injury, Siewert responded with his only double-double of the season and the third of his career, recording 16 points and a career-high-matching 10 rebounds.
Siewert was afflicted by the same shooting malady that thwarted the rest of the Buffs down the stretch, as he went 9-for-28 from the field with a 5-for-17 mark on 3-pointers during CU’s season-ending five-game losing streak. Still, the late slide didn’t stop Siewert from finishing his career among the top 3-point shooters in program history, with his career .384 mark from the arc ranking sixth all-time. Siewert also ranks eighth in made 3-pointers (140) and sixth in games played (130). Siewert missed only two games due to injury in four seasons.
While the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament was a bitter finale for an entire Buffs team hoping for a final chance at redemption after the late losing streak, it perhaps was toughest for Siewert, who arrived at CU in 2016 just months after the program’s most recent appearance in the tournament. Though the NBA likely is not in Siewert’s future, his sturdy frame and steady shooting touch could lead to a long pro career, whether in his native Brazil or elsewhere.