Last year's recruiting class was the best Jeff Bzdelik brought to Boulder in his three years at CU. Alec Burks was the highlight of the class but one player Bzdelik never got to see in a Buffs uniform during a game is looking to make a big impact on this year's team.
Shannon Sharpe, from Corona, Calif., suffered a knee injury in the first official practice of the season last year, but the redshirt freshman is looking to bring a new look to the point guard spot for the Buffs.
When asked how his knee felt, Sharpe said, "It's not a hundred percent but its good enough to play on."
Sharpe wants to make a positive impact on the team, "I will be more of an impact on the defensive end. On offense, my job is to get Alec and Cory open shots," he said.
The up-tempo style of play that first year head coach Tad Boyle is implementing seems to have the Buffaloes excited to run other teams out the gym in the thin Boulder air and Sharpe is ready to be the general of that offense.
"Tad's style fits my game better," he said, when comparing this offense to the Princeton-style offense that Bzdelik had been running the past three years in Boulder.
Buff fans are ready to see the high-flying Sharpe out on the break. Sharpe's ability to jump out of the gym has fans anticipating his first start at point guard for the Buffaloes in just a few weeks.
Highlight-reel finishes above the rim isn't the only thing that Sharpe is going to bring the Buffaloes offense this season. Sharpe shoots the ball with more consistency than expected. During shooting drills in practice, Sharpe has been hitting open three's with a smooth perimeter stroke.
With the loss of guard Dwight Thorne, Sharpe will help fill the void that was left with Thorne's graduation. Thorne was the best three point shooter on the team last year.
He believes the Buffs have a chance to shock some of the doubters that expect the Buffs to be in the bottom third of the Big-12 this year.
"We are going to do better than people expect us to do," Sharpe said with a smirk on his a face.