Here are some observations of Colorado's first practice of the year from BuffPlayBook.com's staff:
Not only are junior guards Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie very effective on the court, they are also the unquestioned leaders of this team. It's no secret. Both Booker and Dinwiddie were constantly encouraging their teammates, correcting mistakes. They also let their teammates have it when they weren't playing intense. Booker and Dinwiddie dictate the energy of their team through their leadership.
Redshirt freshman guard/forward Chris Jenkins can shoot the three. He can shoot it real well. I found myself writing down Jenkins name numerous times. He's got an effortless, clean stroke.
It also helps that's he's 6'7 and has really long arms. I got my first glimpse of Jenkins' shooting prowess when he was working on his free throws. He rarely, if ever, missed. Then when Colorado went through 4-4 and 5-5 drills, he consistently made three's in live play. Jenkins is an excellent candidate to be a starter because of his ability to stretch the floor with this three-point shooting. He helped his case by starting practice off very strong.
Freshman forward Dustin Thomas was also an eye-opener after Colorado's first practice. The 6'7 forward has been described by Boyle as an excellent shooter for a big, and Thomas lived up to his coach's description of him. In live play, Thomas was electric from the arc. He didn't miss a three. Nor was he timid in letting it fly. But Thomas also showed some nice playmaking abilities. He knows how to use an effective pump fake, which led to clean looks, for him or his teammates. Thomas made a very nice pass to a cutting teammate after a pump fake. Thomas has the makings of being a very effective pick-and-pop forward, a mismatch nightmare for opposing teams.