The Colorado Buffaloes have star players on this year’s squad. But if a team wants to accomplish something special, it needs players who are willing to do the little things, and CU has a great one in Swiss Army knife J’Vonne Hadley.
Hadley made his way to CU via Indian Hills Community College and made an immediate impact last season, earning a starting spot and becoming a fan favorite because of his gritty play style. While listed at 6-foot-6, he regularly guarded opposing post players and battled for every loose ball that hit the court.
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Weight: 205 pounds
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Minutes per game: 25.6
Points per game: 8.0
Rebounds per game: 5.9
Assists per game: 1.3
Shooting percentages (FG/3PT/FT): .525/.000/.558
2022-2023 season highlight
Hadley made his name known in the first game of the season against UC Riverside when he filled the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. He was also a thorn in the side of Colorado State and Northern Colorado as he tallied near-double-doubles against both teams.
What Hadley brings to the Buffs
Versatility is the name of Hadley’s game. He can guard almost every position on the floor, including some centers. Hadley impacts the game without needing the ball in his hands as he fights for rebounds and loose balls while playing tough defense. On offense, he takes high-percentage shots and is usually rewarded with runouts on turnovers that he causes.
Hadley on what he wants to improve on this season
“Definitely my shooting,” Hadley said. “My shooting has always been there, it’s just about having the confidence to make shots. Last year, I was battling injuries so I was in and out of my confidence level. But this offseason I was always in the gym working with the team managers. I’m always in the gym with them, just trying to get my shot right and feel comfortable because it’s all about reps. Seeing the ball go through the hoop is something that really just helps me visualize it.”