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CSU Twitter Final Four

April 8, 2020

Looks like recency bias has produced the following four players to compete for the title of CSU’s Twitter Poll All-time best basketball player: Jason Smith, Dorian Green, Gian Clavell, and Nico Carvacho.

Dorian Green after the 2013 win over SDSU

Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with the concept of recency bias. Especially when it comes to CSU Basketball as I didn’t live in Fort Collins when many of the greats of the past plied their trade in both Moby Arena and the old field house on College Avenue. I know players like Bill Green and Lonnie Wright were amazing players back in the day. I just have no frame of reference.

I do have a lot of recent history with this final four, seeing virtually every home game and several of their away games over their CSU careers. I’ve also gotten to know them all a little bit on a personal level which makes it hard to pick one over another. I do believe that these are the best four players over the last 15 years of CSU Men’s Basketball.

First, let me begin by saying that there is no wrong answer picking the best of these four. They all had All-MWC careers and all of them are well-represented in the CSU Record Book.

Gian Clavell delivered one of the most amazing performances in a road win at San Diego State in 2017. 37 points that featured several circus shots, including the game winner. Everybody knew he was going to get the ball and he weaved his way full court through the entire Aztec team before finishing off the glass left-handed. Just one of many great games on his way to being named MWC Player of the Year.

Gian and I at Canvas Stadium

Jason Smith ended his Moby Arena career his junior year with a huge win over Wyoming with an amazing 28 point, 22 rebound performance where he virtually fouled out all 4 of the Wyoming bigs. MWC Freshman of the Year, followed by two All-MWC First Team awards. First round NBA draft pick and a 12-year career in the league.

Jason Smith at Moby for HOF Induction Weekend
Nico and I after the 2020 UNLV Orange-Out win

Nico Carvacho with a 4-year career where he became the MWC’s all-time leader in rebounds and double-doubles. His best game probably came on the road against UNLV against whom he delivered 28 and 20 in 2019. He’ll also be remembered as one of the most popular players because of his warm personality.

Dorian Green started all but one game in his four-year career. His best game was a 36-point effort, including 8-10 from beyond the arc, at Northern Colorado where I had the pleasure of sitting next to his dad. He didnt win MWC Freshman of the Year because his class included SDSU’s Kawhi Leonard and BYU’s Tyler Haws.

Dorian and dad

Ultimately, my vote will go to Dorian Green. Not because his individual stats are the best. I’ll vote for him because in his four-year career at CSU he led the Rams into four consecutive post-season tournaments. CBI in 2010, NIT in 2011, and NCAA At-Large bids in 2012 and 2013. Dorian scored 26 in CSU’s only NCAA Tournament win in this century. From the moment he arrived in Fort Collins, Dorian played as if he was elevated three feet off the floor, seeing everything from a different perspective. Best of the best in my book.

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