One of the interesting story lines of the preseason has been the 20 pounds of muscle Josh Scott gained in the offseason. Scott proved the added weight will pay dividends this season.
Colorado hosted an open scrimmage Saturday morning at the Coors Event Center, unveiling the 2013-2014 Buffaloes. The Black team defeated the White team 77-51 in a game of two 16 minute halves. Scott unofficially led the Black team with 23 points points and numerous offensive rebounds.
The Black team was coached by Associate Head Coach Jean Prioleau and Director of Player Development Sean Kearney. The White team was coached by Assistant Coaches Rodney Billups and Mike Rohn. Head Coach Tad Boyle didn't coach, he just observed the game as a spectator.
The Black team’s starting five was Xavier Talton, Jaron Hopkins, Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Dustin Thomas and Josh Scott. Brett Brady, Beau Gamble and Ben Mills were the black team's reserves.
The White team's starters were Eli Stalzer, Spencer Dinwiddie, Chris Jenkins, Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon. George King and Kevin Nelson were the lone backups.
The teams were picked in a draft by the coaching staff. Boyle revealed that Dinwiddie was the first pick of the draft.
Junior guard Askia Booker sat out the game with an illness.
The Black team easily defeated the White team thanks to the dominant play of sophomore power forward Scott. Scott was the leading scorer in the game, doing extensive damage down low. The White team didn't have an answer for Scott.
Sophomore Xavier Talton really stood out with his shooting. Tatlon finished with 16 points, including two 3-pointers and three assists. "XT, you can see how he worked on his shot in the offseason," Scott said of his classmate. "He'll be a big player for us this year."
Other notable performances from the Black team came from the trio of true freshmen. Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Jaron Hopkins and Dustin Thomas all played a role in the Black team's route of the White team.
Fletcher led all the true freshmen with 11 points, scoring from inside and out. He played with an aggressive mentality, he really looked to create for himself and his teammates. He made one 3-pointer and added four rebounds and two assists.
Hopkins started off the game slow, didn't really contribute until the second half. Hopkins finished with eight points and two assists. Hopkins got the line and converted, finishing four of five from the free throw line. He also wowed the crowd with an alley-oop dunk, as well as an impressive missed tip dunk.
"Today I thought Jaron and Fletch played the best," Boyle said of Fletcher and Hopkins.
Thomas only finished with four points and four rebounds, but Boyle has liked what he's seen from the freshman forward in practice. "I think Dustin Thomas, in practice, has shown really the most consistency of any of them," Boyle said of Thomas and the freshmen. "Dustin has proved in practice that he's very relaxed."
Spencer Dinwiddie led the White team with 17 points while making four of seven 3-pointers. Dinwiddie also added three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Xavier Johnson scored 14 points, and made two of four 3-pointers. He shot 6 of 12 from the field overall.
Wesley Gordon scored ten points, with numerous scores coming as a result of offensive rebounds.
All stats are unofficial and were kept seperately by this writer.