CU hoops hires Billups (Rodney)

There is a Billups back in the CU basketball program. Here’s the school release:

BOULDER – University of Colorado men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle completed his 2010-11 coaching staff on Monday naming Rodney Billups as his Director of Basketball Operations.

Billups is the younger brother of former CU great Chauncey Billups, who played with the Buffaloes from 1995-97.

The younger Billups is a Colorado native graduating from George Washington High School in 2001. He later was a three-year standout with the University of Denver Pioneers from 2002-05.

“Rodney’s a Colorado guy; loves Colorado basketball and that means a lot to me,” Boyle said. “He’s a tremendous mentor and role model to the players we have in our program, as well as the group of players that we are bringing into the program in the coming years. Rodney’s a bright, young coach who has a tremendous future in this business. He’ll have an opportunity to learn from the ground up with this staff.”

At DU, Billups averaged 10.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds during his 2004-05 senior year. In addition to leading the Sun Belt Conference in assists, he also ranked 17th nationally. He was named an All-SBC third team selection in 2004-05, the same season he helped the Pioneers win 20 games and a National Invitational Tournament berth.

Billups’ 199 assists in his senior season, ranks third all-time in school history, while his 58 steals, ranks seventh. Over his three years at DU, Billups ranks fourth all-time in assists (418) and steals (154). For his career, he averaged 8.5 points per game, in addition to 4.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

In 2004-05, Billups was named co-recipient of the Floyd M. Theard Jr. Memorial Award. The award is presented each year to the DU men’s basketball player who best displays the qualities of leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship.

Billups earned his business management degree from DU in 2005. After his collegiate days, he played professional basketball for ASK Riga in Latvia (2005-06), where he led the league in steals and assists. He also played one year in Finland (2006-07).

About ryan

Ryan Thorburn has been a sports writer at the Camera since 2000. He covered the Denver Broncos beat for eight seasons (2000-2007). For the last six years Ryan has been covering the University of Colorado athletic department, including beat writing duties on men's basketball and column writing on football.
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