The crown jewel of the 2014 class is Dominique Collier, a 6’2 point guard out of Denver East High School. Collier – a four star recruit and a member of the ESPN100 – was awarded Mr. Basketball Colorado twice by the Denver Post. Following his senior season, Collier was also awarded with Colorado’s class 5A player of the year award.
Collier’s dominant season, in which he averaged 23.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.5 steals, concluded with a state championship win over Fossil Ridge at CU’s Coors Event Center. Collier earned national attention along the way and was named honorable mention on MaxPreps All-American team.
Collier has great court leadership and natural basketball IQ. He knows when his team needs him to score and when to facilitate for others. He will need to add strength to his frame to reach his potential at the college level.
On April 11th, Collier earned MVP honors at The Show, Colorado’s high school basketball all-star game at the Pepsi Center. The point guard poured in 17 points while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. Following the game, Collier modestly told the Denver Post, “It was a good end. It was fun to play with all these great players.”
Colorado’s current court leader, Spencer Dinwiddie, is still unclear, but many expect the junior to announce his decision to enter the NBA draft. Collier’s arrival on campus will soften that anticipated blow for the Buffaloes and their faithful fans. The freshmen will make an immediate impact while competing with Askia Booker, Juron Hopkins, and Xavier Talton for minutes in the backcourt. Collier is expected to take the reins of the starting point guard job.
Since taking over at CU in 2010, coach Tad Boyle has established Boulder as the destination for premier Colorado basketball recruits. Not allowing other schools to poach the elite talent in Colorado’s backyard is vital for the growth of the program. Accordingly, keeping Collier out of the hands of perennial contenders such as Arizona and UCLA was a big win for CU.
The second member of the 2014 class is Collier’s AAU teammate Tory Miller. Miller is a three-star power forward out of New Hampshire who stands at 6-8 and 250 pounds. Establishing a coast-to-coast presence in recruiting is another beneficial step for coach Boyle and Colorado.
Miller comes complete with a college body that is ready to contribute immediately. The big man finishes above the rim and plays with an attitude in the paint that was missing last year in Boulder. He will provide much needed depth and muscle to Colorado’s frontline.
The freshman power forward will need to extend his shooting range and continue to refine his post moves. He is not the most explosive athlete and his ability to defend elite athletes will be tested in Pac-12 play.
One major plus is that Miller will provide Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon with the ability to take breathers without forcing their teammates to play out of position in the post. He also offers five more fouls for coach Boyle to work with on the frontline.
Although they won’t be the same, Colorado has all the tools to be back in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year.
Tad Boyle is transforming CU basketball from a program that rebuilds to one that reloads.