October 19, 2006

Big 12 Media Day Notebook

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Big 12 media day got started early on Thursday and lasted throughout the day and late into the afternoon. It was a time for coaches and players from the Big 12 to talk about the upcoming season and what their expectations might be. Rivals.com was on hand and has a breakdown of Big 12 media day from the Cox Convention Center.

Young Buffs Expected To Help Lead Colorado:

"I would say out of the eight guys, eight freshman, probably five of those guys will play major minutes," said Ricardo Patton. "And we have some guys, even though they are young, they have a degree of maturity that I really like."

During his time on the media day stand, Patton indicated that several players in particular have the talent and athletic ability to help CU right away. It's too early to tell what players might actually be immediate impact type players, but Patton mentioned a couple of players in particular.

"Xavier Silas is a guy that really stands out," he said. "His father, James Silas played in the NBA, and the San Antonio Spurs just retired his jersey last season. It's obvious to me that his father, James Silas, has prepared his son for the next level. In my mind, he is probably better than Richard Roby was at the same stage.

"Jeremy Williams, is the young player, 6-foot-8, out of Memphis, Tennessee. His high school team went 39-0 last year," he added. "They were the sixth best team in the country, high school-wise, and he is a guy that will make a difference. We have a young man by the name of Jermyl Jackson-Wilson who sat out last season for us after transferring from Ohio State that I think people are unfamiliar with that has been a great surprise for me and is doing a nice job.

"But in saying all that, the guys still have to go through and they have to gain some experience," he continued. "Hopefully in our non-conference schedule, which I think is a good schedule, it will prepare those guys for the grind and physical play and the speed of basketball at this level."

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!