When looking over Colorado's 2013-2014 roster, one thing jumps out at you: there are more underclassmen than upperclassmen. By a wide-margin.
Colorado boasts ten underclassmen, six of which are freshmen (Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins are redshirt freshmen). There are only three players on the roster who have been in Boulder at least three years. Askia Booker, Spencer Dinwiddie and Ben Mills form Colorado's triumvirate of experience.
Mills is the lone senior on scholarship. But he's played sparingly in his career. Booker and Dinwiddie, both juniors, will man the backcourt once again for Colorado. They were starters last year and led the team in scoring and assists. Production-wise, Booker and Dinwiddie are expected to perform the same if not better. It's their leadership that head coach Tad Boyle is really counting on this year.
"I think the two guys that have really stepped up in my mind in a leadership role are Spencer and Ski," Boyle said. Boyle then elaborated on Booker's leadership.
"Ski has always been kind of an emotional leader for us, but now its helping the freshmen," Boyle said. "He's an upperclassmen now, its not about thinking about himself and how he's playing, its about how they're doing, how they're adjusting." Boyle then talked about his 6-foot-6 point guard Dinwiddie.
"Spencer's got a lot of confidence," Boyle said. "He's smart. You almost feel him thinking like a coach out there. He's doing a terrific job." Point guards are, to an extent, extensions of their coaches on the court, so Boyle is really pleased with Dinwiddie as the team's primary facilitator.
Although there are only three upperclassmen, Boyle doesn't see it as a negative. He thinks Colorado will be fine, with Booker and Dinwiddie leading the way. They'll have too.
"They're gonna need too as the season goes on," Boyle said. "They're two of our better players, our two most experienced players. Without a doubt."
Colorado resumes practice tomorrow morning, followed by another practice on Saturday morning.
Additionally, it's a big recruiting weekend for Colorado. Two key 2014 recruits will be on campus for official visits. Thomas Welsh of Los Angeles, California and Tory Miller of Lee's Summit, Missouri will be in Boulder. Welsh is a 7-foot, 245 pound center, is a four-star prospect ranked 44th in the country by Scout. Miller is a 6-foot-8, 245 pound power forward who's a three-star prospect.