The 2014-15 season was expected to be a solid one for the Colorado basketball program, with the Buffaloes picked to finish third in the Pac-12 preseason poll. Things didn’t work out that way for Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes however, as injuries and inconsistency resulted in an overall record of 16-18 and a conference record of 7-11.
Changes were inevitable this offseason, especially considering Boyle’s comments in early March regarding the commitment returning players would be required to make this summer. Wednesday morning the program announced that one of its contributors, sophomore guard Jaron Hopkins, has decided to transfer and has been granted a release from his scholarship.
Hopkins started 17 of the 32 games in which he played this past season, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.9 minutes of action per contest. He’s the second player to decide to transfer since the end of the regular season, with sophomore forward Dustin Thomas being the first.
“Jaron has decided to transfer from the University of Colorado,” Boyle said in the release. “We appreciate all what he has done for our program in the last two years. We wish Jaron all the best in his future endeavors.”
Xavier Talton and Dominique Collier were both part of the perimeter rotation at the end of the season, with Askia Booker and Hopkins being the departures. In addition to Talton and Collier, with the latter expected to be a centerpiece for the Buffaloes moving forward, Colorado has Josh Fortune (Providence transfer) and George King coming off of redshirt seasons to add depth on the wings (Tre’Shaun Fletcher is also back).
And of its three commitments in the Class of 2015 two are guards, Thomas Akyazali and Deleon Brown.