None of Colorado’s teams earned a bid to play in the NCAA Tournament this year, but several former local prep stars have made an impact during March Madness.
Here’s a look at how they fared during the opening weekend of the tournament:
No. 4-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs junior guard
High school: Regis Jesuit (Graduated from Huntington Prep ’14)
The Bulldogs starting point guard averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 assists in wins against North Carolina at Greensboro and Ohio State. After suffering a season-ending injury in his first year, Perkins has helped Gonzaga advance to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the past three years.
Next game: vs. No. 9 Florida State on March 22
Ronnie Harrell Jr.
No. 8-seed Creighton Blue Jays junior guard
High school: Denver East ’14
The lanky 6-foot-7 guard had two points, two rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes off the bench in a 69-59 loss to Kansas State.
No. 10 Providence Friers sophomore guard
High school: Denver West (Graduated from Brewster Academy ’16)
The 6-foot-7 Diallo poured in 21 points and added seven rebounds and four assists for Providence, but the Friers fell just short, losing to Texas A&M 73-69 in the first round.
No. 2-seed Purdue Boilermakers forward
Colorado connection: Played with the Chauncey Billups Elite AAU team
The 7-foot-3 forward — who’s become known for his fantastic hair — has averaged 4.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in wins over CS Fullerton and Butler. With an elbow injury to starting center Isaac Haas, Haarms stepped into the starting lineup against No. 10 Butler, contributing seven points and six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
Next game: vs. No. 3 Texas Tech on March 23.
Texas Southern’s Brian Carey, TCU’s Clayton Crawford and Michigan’s Luke Wilson did not play.