Three former Rams hoopers enjoy great nights in pro leagues

Stanton Kidd. Credit: NBA

Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a great influx of talent at Colorado State when it comes to the basketball court.

On Thursday night, three former Rams basketball players showed out, either with huge dunks or huge games.

First, let’s start with Stanton Kidd, who threw down this monstrous dunk in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz:

That dunk was only one of his great buckets last night; Kidd finished tied for the team lead with 15 points, going 6-11 from the floor, and also had five rebounds with two blocks and two steals. And in the Jazz’s first Summer League game of the year, he scored 13 with three boards, knocking down three 3-pointers.

Kidd was a versatile wing man in Fort Collins, using his sharpshooting from downtown to help stretch the defense, while able to rebound with toughness inside, too. He played only one year for the Colorado State Rams, in 2014-15, averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, knocking down 38.9 percent of his 3-pointers that year.

Next up, we have Jordan Brangers. Brangers is the only one on this list who didn’t actually play for Colorado State, but he was committed to play here and then de-committed and declared for the NBA Draft when Larry Eustachy resigned.

Brangers participated in the Miami Pro League game last night, and was the player of the game, scoring 43 points:

Unfortunately, the stats from the game are hard to find. But, here’s a highlight tape of Brangers’ game. He knocks down a ton of 3s before starting to drive on guys inside, too. Simply, Brangers would’ve been a game-changer at CSU.

Finally, Raquan “The Chef” Mitchell, who played with CSU just last year, threw down this monstrous dunk:

For those who watched some CSU hoops last year, you know Raquan did a lot of this at Moby Arena. He, too, will be missed by the Rams.

Luckily for Colorado State fans, new head coach Niko Medved was able to convince Nico Carvacho to stay with the team, after the important big man announced he was listening to other teams when Eustachy left the building.

Carvacho enjoyed his breakout season in 2017-18, and the sky is the limit for the soon-to-be junior at Colorado State. Medved — who was an assistant under Tim Miles and one year under Eustachy — is looking to re-vamp the Rams and turn them into a transition team.

Expect Colorado State to bring a lot of energy and excitement to Moby Arena this season with Medved in charge.

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