The continued development of Tristan da Silva and KJ Simpson is one of the biggest reasons why the Colorado men’s basketball team expects to offset the loss of Jabari Walker and Evan Battey.
Apparently, at least a few folks around the league believe big things are in store this season for da Silva and Simpson, as well. Those two landed spots on the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball preseason all-conference team on Monday, as voted on by the media. The team preseason poll will be announced on Wednesday as part of the Pac-12’s men’s basketball media day.
Da Silva, the 6-foot-9 junior from Germany, was a second-team selection while Simpson, a sophomore guard, received honorable mention. Da Silva shot .479 overall last season with a .373 mark on 3-pointers, averaging 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Simpson was a Pac-12 All-Freshman team selection after averaging 7.4 points while leading the Buffs in assists (86) and steals (26).
Da Silva and Nique Clifford are scheduled to join head coach Tad Boyle in San Francisco on Wednesday for the Pac-12 men’s media day.
2022-23 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Branden Carlson, Utah
Boogie Ellis, USC
Mouhamed Gueye, Washington State
Harrison Ingram, Stanford
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA
Spencer Jones, Stanford
Drew Peterson, USC
Will Richardson, Oregon
Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona
Marcus Bagley, Arizona State
Tristan da Silva, Colorado
DJ Horne, Arizona State
Kerr Kriisa, Arizona
Pelle Larsson, Arizona
Honorable Mention (at least 8 media member votes): Amari Bailey, UCLA; Oumar Ballo, Arizona; Jaylen Clark, UCLA; Quincy Guerrier, Oregon; K.J. Simpson, Colorado; Kel’el Ware, Oregon.