CU Hoops…Ready to Dance again

Thank goodness the NFL Network televises portions of the NFL Combine; otherwise, I would be in complete football withdrawal.  But this month, it’s really all about college basketball and March Madness.

Thanks to the hiring of Tad Boyle at the University of Colorado (CU), I enjoy it more than ever.   As a Buffs fan, it used to be that basketball season was  a time to live vicariously through friends following the Jayhawks, Tar Heels, Bruins and Blue Devils.

I love Duke.  Meeting Coach K and my first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium in 2011 were dreams come true.  But my dream that Buffs basketball would one day fill the Coors Event Center and nationally sought after recruits would see Boulder as a viable option has been a long time in coming.

This would be a great time to mention Boyle and his team took the PAC-12 Championship in 2012 and will be dancing again in a few short weeks.  It’s as if it happened overnight.  [Please take note Coach MacIntyre … Spring ball begins this week.]

While not considered an annual hotbed for DI basketball talent, this year Colorado boasts two high school recruits who CU has offered and would love to keep in state to continue building their program around.

The first is Dominique Collier, a 6’2 guard out of East High School in Denver.  The second is Josh Perkins, a 6’2 point guard playing his ball at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, a suburb of Denver.

As a sophomore, Collier played on the Chauncey Billups Elite 15-U grassroots basketball team.  Yes, that Billups.  The NBA veteran, recently elected to the National High School Hall of Fame, is also serving as a mentor to this young man.

Perkins, who reportedly carries a 3.4 GPA, has numerous offers including Kansas, UCLA and Arizona.

Boyle’s 2012 recruiting class included top-100 prospect 6’9 Josh Scott of Lewis-Palmer High School near Colorado Springs.  Scott, Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year, joined two other Colorado players in that class and is contributing significantly as a freshman.

A final thought and request of the NCAA Tournament selection committee; please slot the Buffs as favorably as their record allows.  At least two young men deciding between CU and traditional powerhouses like Duke will be watching.

Let’s dance !

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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Marie Rudolph

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Rudolph created her opportunity to work in an industry she’s passionate about when she co-founded the EagleBank Bowl. In securing the inaugural 2008 license, Rudolph was involved in negotiating contracts with ESPN, the United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy and the Atlantic Coast Conference, as well as securing a $2 million letter of credit for the property. In 2010, the Bowl was renamed the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors. In 2011, Rudolph was presented with the Outstanding Service to Amateur Football award by the National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In 2012, she was appointed to the Advisory Board on Interscholastic Athletics for the District of Columbia. Currently working as a consultant, Rudolph continues to explore new entrepreneurial opportunities. She hails from Colorado and moved to Washington, D.C. following college. She holds a B.A. from Regis University and an M.A. from The George Washington University.
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