CU senior basketball star Evan Batter assumes leadership role
With the Buffs losing bucket producing star McKinley Wright and sharp shooters D’Shawn Schwartz and Jeriah Horne, Battey will have a lot more of the ball in his hands.
BOULDER, Colo .– CU Buffs forward Evan Battey is ready for one final inning.
“I’m really grateful to be here with my team and this special group of guys,” Battey told 9NEWS.
The senior is now the undisputed leader of the young Colorado Buffaloes. CU lost 7 seniors after his magical run at the NCAA tournament in 2021.
“I don’t think my role has really changed, honestly,” Battey said. “I’m just trying to develop myself, and I personally get better every day and as a team we get better every day. “
With CU losing the bucket producing star point guard McKinley Wright and snipers D’Shawn Schwartz and Jeriah Horne, Battey will have the ball in his hands more than he ever had, and head coach Tad Boyle expects a production jump from the six-eight-foot tall man.
“He’s such a good teammate. He’s a guy who sometimes prefers to pass rather than shoot. But we’ll need Evan to be an aggressive goalscorer. I think Evan is going to have a great year, ”Boyle said.
Sniper Jabari Walker (who shot 52% of three last season and was 5-5 from the bottom of CU’s March Madness win over Georgetown) will also be screened to fill the void. And as the leader of this team, Battey took it upon himself to push the young guy.
“Sometimes I put myself down,” Walker said. “He’s like, ‘man, we need you.’ We can’t have that this year, I’m getting out of it pretty quickly.
Battey is a Lifetime Buff. He’s been in the program since 2017. Last season was the first time he had a double-digit points average.
“I have dreams for myself, you know, to be the Pac-12 Player of the Year, obviously all of that. If I get better every day, that’s the main goal,” said Battey.
CU was chosen to finish sixth in the Pac-12. Boyle has said his young team will be a work in progress, but Battey is confident they can find success.
“This team, honestly, can accomplish anything they want if we put the right parts together. We have the capacity. We just have to do it everyday. This is our challenge, ”said Battey.
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