CU basketball star Spencer Dinwiddie announces he’s going to NBA

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CU basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie heading to NBA

CU basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie heading to NBA

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie made it official Thursday afternoon.  The 6-foot-6 point guard announced that he will forgo his final year of college eligibility to turn pro.

Dinwiddie is still recovering from a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee, but said being ahead of schedule was a big factor in his decision.  After seeing a specialist in Houston, the orthopedist said he was doing so well, he compared his recovery to that of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

“He told me, ‘If Adrian Peterson is Secretariat (for returning so quickly after knee surgery), you are Seabiscuit,’” Dinwiddie said.  The Los Angeles native said he should be 100 percent by the first week of August.

“I think I’ve got first-round talent across the board,” he said. “Everybody of course is going to doubt my knee.  I got a lot of intrigue from the league. Everybody likes what I bring to the table.”

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle believes that Dinwiddie is first round talent in the NBA draft, but understands that his injury suffered on January 12 in a game at Washington could play a factor.

“Somebody is going to get a heck of a player,” Boyle said. “And they’re going to get it at a bargain price. With Spencer, they’re getting the whole package.”

In two-and-a-half seasons at Colorado, Dinwiddie became the 30th player to score 1,000 career points, is third in program history in free throw percentage, fourth in 3-point field goal range, fifth in free throws made and seventh in free throw attempts.

For Boyle, this is the third time in four years he has lost a star underclassman to the NBA draft. In 2012, Andre Roberson was taken 26th overall by Minnesota before being traded to Oklahoma City.

Alex Burks left in 2011 and was taken 12th overall by the Utah Jazz.

The Buffs head coach wondered what kind of run this team would have made with those players on the court during the NCAA tournament.  “Those are questions that float in your mind, but you’ve got to get them out quickly,” Boyle said.

“Sometimes you’re driving down the road and you’re like, ‘OK, if we had a healthy Spencer and Andre together this year with the rest of the squad that we got how special it could be. How good could we be with Spencer next year coming back?’”

Boyle is excited about the upcoming season and believes that his program will not take a step backward.

He has another solid recruiting class that includes incoming freshman point guard Dominique Collier who led Denver East to the Class 5A state title.

“Use everything that happens in a positive light,” Boyle said. “We try to build sustained success.  At some time things are going to come together.   We’ll have a couple of NBA players on the court at the same time and we’re going to blow the doors off this place.”

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