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For former Colorado Sate Rams men’s basketball players, it’s a time of excitement in the lead-up to the NBA Draft. On Monday, Antwan “Smooth” Scott told me his workout with the Sacramento Kings has become official and will take place on Wednesday. On Saturday, it was Antwan Scott earning a workout with the Denver Nuggets. When we spoke to…...

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After recently working out former CSU point guard Antwan Scott, the Nuggets worked out seven players Monday afternoon, including winningest player in Colorado State men’s basketball history, Joe De Ciman. https://twitter.com/nuggets/status/742127683883016193 De Ciman is one of the few players that played four seasons under Larry Eustachy, transitioning from a role player off the bench and developing into a workhorse…...

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J.J. Avila and Jon Octeus are just “livin’ the dream.” It’s a saying that gets thrown around wildly, more as a complaint than a prideful boast, but the two former Colorado State Men’s Basketball players are indeed living their dreams. Back in April, Avila was preparing for pre-draft workouts by practicing with Chauncey Billups, a Denver native with the…...

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J.J. Avila, it seems, has the best chance of Colorado State’s “big three” from last year to make the NBA. That is, at least, if chances are gauged on how many pre-draft workouts players receive. For Avila, the 6’7” and 250-pound, his fifth pre-draft workout is scheduled to take place today per his former CSU coach Ross Hodge on…...

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In terms of Denver basketball royalty, J.J. Avila just got the chance of a lifetime. Today, the former Colorado State Rams men’s basketball star worked out with Chauncey “Mr. Big Shot” Billups and fellow former NBA guard Anthony Carter in Denver. “I worked out with Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter today and have been working out with Carter the…...

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It was certainly a spectacular year for Colorado State Rams senior forward J.J. Avila. On Friday, Avila was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District 17 team. His teammates were Derrick Marks (Boise State Broncos), Larry Nance Jr. (Wyoming Cowboys), J.J. O’Brien (San Diego State Aztecs) and Marvell Harris (Fresno State Bulldogs); talk about an all-star…...

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[vc_bunyad_ads] // < ![CDATA[ (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ]]>[/vc_bunyad_ads] Twitter is a cool thing. Twitter can give everyone a voice to the public, and for athletes, to the fans. After the Colorado State men's basketball team lost in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament last night, us media stiffs waited for players and post game quotes....

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“It took a lot out of us, Sunday,” Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy said of the NCAA Tournament snub. It could clearly be seen in the Rams team that showed up Wednesday night. CSU came out flat in their National Invitation Tournament opener against South Dakota State. SDSU, on the other hand, started the game with all the energy,…...

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Colorado Sate didn’t deserve this. “Team Together,” led by three senior stars, didn’t deserve this decision from the selection committee on Sunday. While Mountain West cohorts Wyoming – who won the Mountain West Tournament for an auto-bid – San Diego State and Boise State made it in, it became clear CSU would be the one left out. No way the…...

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Late Friday night it was finally time for basketball. The Colorado State men’s basketball team faced the San Diego State Aztecs, and without senior forward J.J. Avila, the Rams were underdogs. SDSU played like a championship team from the first tip, taking a quick 7-3 lead to start. But the Rams fought stalwartly and put together an 8-0 run of…...

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Even with leading scorer and likely best passer J.J. Avila going down in the first half with an ankle sprain, the Colorado State Rams men’s basketball team caught fire from outside and dominated the glass inside to win 71-59. It began nearly perfectly for Colorado State, as they ran out to an 8-0 lead on the strength of their best…...

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After a fantastic finish to the regular season, which included five straight wins and multiple honors for Colorado State men’s basketball players, tourney time begins. For 26-5 CSU, it’s been a season full of mostly ups – including a Top-25 ranking – and only a few downs. While the Rams, who sport a 26th-best RPI in the nation, likely have…...

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J.J. Avila is enjoying a good week. That’s putting it lightly. First and foremost, Avila was named Mountain West Player of the Week for his two great games, leading his Colorado State Rams to two victories over the Nevada Wolfpack and Utah State Aggies. In those two wins, Avila scored 27 and 29 points respectfully. His regular season finale performance…...

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Written by Rich Kurtzman We’re all currently witnessing the greatest era in the history of the Colorado State Men’s basketball program. It’s all thanks to the leadership of Larry Eustachy. In three years as the head man in Fort Collins, here’s what Eustachy has done. He owns the two top records in program history, 26-9 in 2012-13 and 26-5 this…...

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