Buffaloes Score 2005 Commitment

Ricardo Patton (AP)

Count the Buffaloes among the handful of schools with commitments from the Class of 2005. For Ricardo Patton's first junior addition, he went down to Memphis to get it done.

Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton has solid ties to the state of Tennessee. Those ties worked to get the Harrison Brothers to Boulder and Patton used them again, this time to nab a junior.

Calvin Williams, a 6-8, 195 pound forward from Memphis Hillcrest committed this month to playing for Patton in the fall of 2005.

"Colorado, along with other schools came in and watched us work out," Hillcrest coach John Anderson said. "Ricardo Patton hits several schools. Last year, the kid had grown from 6-2 to 6-5, 6-6. This year, the kid was playing on the perimeter.

"The Buffaloes moved quickly to lock him down. You know, Ricardo's done and outstanding job at the University of Colorado. Bringing them to where they are now, you've got to consider him among the best coaches in the conference."

Back to Williams.

Apparently, he's very skilled. Anderson talks about how well he handles it and how his shot has improved. Last year, he averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds when he was healthy. A high ankle sprain bothered him for much of the year.

"I've coached 15 Division I players. At his age, he's the best player I've coached; at his age. Plays that he's trying to make and may not be able to make, you see that the thought is there. He's working hard on his strength too."

Williams played briefly in the summer with the Bobcats but did a ton of individual work with a strength coach.

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