Where are they now? Ex-Buffs update

It has been a tough year for former Colorado head coaches.

Ricardo Patton’s four-year rebuilding project at Northern Illinois is not going well as the Huskies are 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the MAC. That includes a 97-61 loss to Missouri. Michael Patton, Ricardo’s son and a Boulder High grad, is averaging 2.7 points as a senior.

Jeff Bzdelik’s first Wake Forest team is 7-10 overall and 0-2 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons — ranked 201st nationally in rebounding and 265th in assists — dropped non-conference games to Stetson, VCU, Winthrop and North Carolina-Wilmington.

Some former Buffs players are performing better:

n Xavier Silas (Northern Illinois). The Northern Illinois senior is fourth nationally in scoring average (23.5 ppg) and shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Silas, who was suspended by Bzdelik at CU and transferred after his sophomore season, had 40 points in an 80-78 win over Illinois-Chicago.

n Jeremy Williams (UTEP). Like Silas, Williams had the talent to play in the Big 12, but things didn’t work out in Boulder after the coaching change. Williams is averaging 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Miners (14-4).

n Caleb Patterson (Missouri State). The improved big man, who probably needed to be redshirted during his freshman season at CU, has found a home in the Missouri Valley Conference. Patterson is averaging 7.1 points and 3.0 rebounds on a good Missouri State (14-3) squad.

n Toby Veal (VCU). This physically talented forward from Georgia had athleticism similar to Andre Roberson’s but decided to leave Boulder to be closer to home after his freshman season. Now Veal (3.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg) is a starter on a solid VCU (12-5) team, which went to Wake Forest and clobbered Bzdelik’s team 90-69.

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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