How Colorado’s play­ers are far­ing

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Joe Nguyen JOSH PERKINS High school: CANYON BARRY, High school: DRICK BERNSTINE High school: RON­NIE HARRELL JR. High school: BRIAN CAREY Joe Nguyen: jn­guyen@ den­ver­post.com or @jo­en­guyen

While none of the Front Range men’s bas­ket­ball teams earned a bid to the NCAA Tour­na­ment, sev­eral for­mer Colorado prep bas­ket­ball play­ers are get­ting a chance to shine dur­ing March Mad­ness. Here’s a look at how they fared dur­ing the open­ing week­end of the NCAA men’s tour­na­ment:

Regis Je­suit (grad­u­ated from Hunt­ing­ton, W.Va., Prep 2014)

The Bull­dogs’ start­ing point guard av­er­aged 6.0 points, 2.0 re­bounds and 1.5 as­sists in wins over South Dakota State and North­west­ern. No. 1-seeded Gon­zaga faces No. 4 West Vir­ginia at 5:39 p.m. Thurs­day. The game will air on TBS. Cheyenne Moun­tain 2012

The youngest son of Bas­ket­ball Hall of Famer Rick Barry has been a key off the bench for Florida, av­er­ag­ing 7.0 points in vic­to­ries over East Ten­nessee State and Vir­ginia. He has also been mak­ing na­tional head­lines with his un­der­handed free-throw at­tempts — sim­i­lar to how his fa­ther shot. It has been work­ing. He has hit 88 per­cent from the line sea­son. The Ga­tors will next take on Wis­con­sin at 7:59 p.m. Fri­day in New York.

Chero­kee Trail 2013 The son of for­mer Bron­cos run­ning back Rod Bernstine, Drick Bernstine played a team-lead­ing 38 min­utes for the Fight­ing Hawks, scor­ing 20 points and grab­bing 15 re­bounds in a 100-82 loss to Ari­zona.

Den­ver East 2014 Harrell sure picked a good time to have his best game of the sea­son. The lanky guard, who av­er­aged 2.6 points and 1.9 re­bounds on the sea­son, played 24 min­utes off the bench, tal­ly­ing 15 points, five re­bounds and four as­sists in 24 min­utes. Un­for­tu­nately for the No. 6-seeded Blue­jays, they were up­set by No. 11 Rhode Is­land. High school: Den­ver East 2015

The speedy guard was in­jured and did not play in the tour­na­ment. No. 16 Texas South­ern lost 103-64 to No. 1 North Carolina.

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