Staying gold

Alec Burks has decided he will remain at the University of Colorado after talking with new coach Tad Boyle.

Alec Burks had talked openly about possibly transferring if Colorado did not hire former assistant coach Steve McClain to replace Jeff Bzdelik, who left to coach at Wake Forest. But athletic director Mike Bohn hired Boyle from Northern Colorado instead, causing CU fans to worry whether Burks would be on the team next season.

"He told me his plan, I liked it and I like him . . . I'm putting all of my trust in him," Burks told CU sports information staffers. "He said we were going to play hard, play fast and go all out to win – and I believe in that."

Burks averaged 17.1 points a game and became CU's career leader in freshman scoring with 512 points. He also led the team in rebounding and was fourth in the conference in steals.

He earned first-team All-America freshman team from Basketball Times and was a second-team freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News.

"I want to get stronger, faster and more explosive," he said. "I'm still very young; I know I can put on some more weight."

The CU sports information department contributed to this report.

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