While the Colorado men’s basketball team takes aim at a Pac-12 Conference tournament title this week in Los Angeles, a pair of future Buffs are aiming for another crown.
Wesley Gordon and Josh Scott, two members of CU’s latest recruiting class, will lead their teams in the Class 4A state semifinals Thursday at Coors Events Center.
Gordon is a 6-foot-8 center for Sierra, which won titles in Boulder in 2009 and 2010. Scott is a 6-foot-9 center for Lewis-Palmer, which is making its fourth straight trip to the Final Four.
“It’s very exciting, because we’re going (to CU next year),” Gordon said.
The two of them are friends, but will put that friendship on hold for the weekend.
For Gordon, this could be his third state title on CU’s home floor. He played a significant role, although not a starring role, in Sierra’s two championship runs earlier in his career. Sierra failed to reach the Final Four last year.
“I’d like to get this last one not just for me but for my teammates because they don’t have one and for coach (Terry Dunn) because he doesn’t have one,” Gordon said.
Gordon hopes past experience will help him this week and he said he isn’t concerned with impressing CU fans this week.
“As long as we win, it really doesn’t matter to me too much,” he said.
Scott, meanwhile, has always left the CEC with frustration.
Three years in a row he and his Rangers have been knocked out in the semifinals by the eventual champ — in 2009 and 2010 by Gordon’s team and in 2011 by Sterling, led by another incoming CU freshman, Xavier Talton.
“Xavier already won one, I have one, so Josh feels like he should have one,” Gordon said. “If he doesn’t have one, oh man, me and Xavier are going to be on him.
“He has two obstacles to go through.”
The first obstacle for Scott and the Rangers (25-1) is Valor Christian (23-2). If the Rangers get past that test, the second obstacle could be Sierra (25-1), which Lewis-Palmer defeated, 45-42, on Feb. 10, or Broomfield (25-1), which handed the Rangers their only loss in the season opener, 67-65.
Gordon said it would be fitting if Sierra and Lewis-Palmer could meet in the finals.
“I feel like it should be us two there since we signed there,” he said. “It would be a perfect ending to the story.”