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How Colorado players fared in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament – The Denver Post

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:

Josh Perkins

Josh Perkins #13 of the Gonzaga ...

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Josh Perkins of the Gonzaga Bulldogs dribbles during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 17, 2018 in Boise, Idaho.

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.

Creighton's Ronnie Harrell Jr (4) looks ...

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Creighton’s Ronnie Harrell Jr (4) looks to pass the ball as Kansas State’s Kamau Stokes (3) defends during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 16, 2018.

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.


Alpha Diallo

Alpha Diallo #11 of the Providence ...

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Alpha Diallo of the Providence Friars reacts after a play against the Texas A&M Aggies during the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2018 in Charlotte, N.C.

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.


Matt Haarms

Matt Haarms #32 of the Purdue ...

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Matt Haarms (32) of the Purdue Boilermakers battles for a rebound with Nate Fowler (51) of the Butler Bulldogs during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit.

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.

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