Campus Corner

Lee’s Summit’s Tory Miller helps Colorado on boards

Colorado forward Tory Miller worked out with his teammates Wednesday in Des Moines.
Colorado forward Tory Miller worked out with his teammates Wednesday in Des Moines. AP

A Kansas City connection continues at Colorado.

Alec Burks of Grandview, a former All-Big 12 selection, finished his Colorado career in 2011.

Tory Miller is the latest from the metro to suit up for the Buffs. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound sophomore spent three seasons at Lee’s Summit North before finishing at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire.

In his second season at Colorado, Miller is averaging 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes off the bench.

The Buffs rank fourth nationally with 42.42 rebounds per game, and Miller is one reason why.

“Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon, Troy Miller are all terrific rebounders,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said.

Colorado to lose assistant

Rodney Billups’ days are numbed as Colorado’s assistant coach. When the Buffaloes’ season is over, he’ll become the head coach at University of Denver, his alma mater and be greatly missed in Boulder where he spent the past six seasons.

“He’ll truly be missed,” said Buffaloes guard George King.

The Billups name is magical at Colorado. Rodney’s older brother Chauncey, was an All-Big 12 guard for the Buffaloes in 1997 who went on to a successful NBA career which included being named the MVP of the 2004 NBA Finals for the Detroit Pistons.

Mentioned as a possible successor on the Colorado staff: former Buffs head coach Ricardo Patton.

Colorado takes on Connecticut in Thursday’s NCAA Tournament first-round game at 12:30 p.m. The winner takes on the survivor of Kansas-Austin Peay.  

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff