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Ralphie Report: Colorado’s Aaronette Vonleh enters transfer portal

NCAA Womens Basketball: Oregon at Colorado

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CU’s scoring leader is heading somewhere else.

Colorado’s women's basketball team is going to look a lot different next year. The Buffaloes’ star center Aaronette Vonleh has entered the transfer portal, as reported by BuffZone’s Brian Howell on Monday.

Colorado WBB center Aaronette Vonleh has entered the transfer portal. She led the #cubuffs in scoring this season and has been an integral part of consecutive Sweet 16 appearances. HUGE loss for CU. @goodmansport first to report and I've been able to confirm with a source.

— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) April 15, 2024

After transferring from Arizona in 2022, Vonleh played with the Buffs for two seasons and emerged as one of the nation’s best centers during that time. Vonleh averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 2022-23, earning herself co-Pac-12 Most Improved Player honors and an all-conference honorable mention. Netty continued her tear in 2023-24, leading Colorado in scoring and receiving All-Pac-12 honors.

Losing a player like Vonleh is a tremendous loss for the Buffs. After the departure of players like Quay Miller and Jaylyn Sherrod due to graduation, Colorado was depending on Vonleh for some continuity in their lineup. Now, Frida Formann is the sole starter left from CU’s back-to-back Sweet Sixteen runs on the roster.

Coach JR Payne and the Buffs have no other choice but to hit the portal hard now. Colorado’s backup center, Brianna McLeod, has also entered the transfer portal. CU currently has no bigs on their roster, but that’ll probably change soon.

Aaronette was a huge factor for the success that the Buffaloes have sustained these last two years. Without her, CU likely wouldn’t have made such waves in the college basketball world. We wish Aaronette the best of luck wherever she ends up.

by RylandScholes
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CU At The Game: Transfer Portal Tracker – Spring

The Spring Transfer Portal Tracker up and ready for business ... (4/15) Defensive lineman Chazz Wallace joins safety Myles Slusher as the first two Buffs to announce they have entered the Portal ...

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CU At The Game: The NFL-ification of the CU Coaching Staff

Coach Prime recently hired two more coaches with no collegiate coaching experience ... Is the NFL-centric staff CU's path to winning seasons and championships? ... Or ... Could this be the Embree experiment Part II? ... Let's find out ...

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Ralphie Report: KJ Simpson declares for 2024 NBA Draft

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Mr. Big Shot 2.0 is heading to the association

After three weeks of speculation, we finally know KJ Simpson’s decision. Colorado’s star point guard has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2024 NBA Draft, he announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

Thank you Buff Nation pic.twitter.com/VR2j77FHkT

— KJ Simpson (@KSimpsonJr) April 12, 2024

In his three years in Boulder, Simpson has really come into his own. After a breakthrough in 2023, Simpson emerged as perhaps the nation’s most underrated point guard in the 2024 season. Simpson averaged 19.7 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 4.9 assists per game in the Buffs’ most recent campaign.

Stats aside, Simpson gave Colorado fans what is perhaps the greatest moment in program history when he hit a game-winner against the Florida Gators to push the Buffs into the Round of 32 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

Simpson earned the nickname “Mr. Big Shot 2.0” after his heroics in 2024, which is an extremely high honor considering what the original Mr. Big Shot, Chauncey Billups, means to the program. There’s no doubt that Simpson has etched his name on the Mt. Rushmore of Colorado point guards and he’ll forever be remember as one of the best Buffs to ever do it.

Currently, Simpson is being mocked as a low first or high second round pick. At the time of writing this, NBA.com has Simpson mocked as going 33rd to the San Antonio Spurs.

Regardless of where KJ lands, he’ll be representing Boulder and making us proud. Thanks for all the memories and we wish you the best of luck in the NBA!

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CU At The Game: CUATG Podcast: In’s and Out’s of CU’s Spring

Spring practices have brought with them the signing of three (very) under-the-radar recruits, along with the hiring of two new coaches, with one - Warren Sapp - bringing with him some controversy ... On the field, freshmen have been turning heads - Is that a sign of promising depth? Or another rebuilding season? ... Let's find out ...

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