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Sabatino Chen emerging as leader for Colorado basketball

As the lone senior on the Buffaloes roster going into this season, guard Sabatino Chen has risen as one of the team's major leaders.

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Guard Sabatino Chen is meeting the challenge of being the only senior on the Colorado Buffaloes roster head on, embracing a heightened leadership role in the offseason, according to a report by Ryan Thorburn of Buffzone.com on Wednesday.

"Sabatino had an unbelievably great offseason, which has been typical of our seniors since we've been here," Colorado head coach Tad Boyle said in the report. "He really worked hard in the weight room and his jump shot is much better. And we know Sabatino always plays with great energy and passion. He's poised for a great senior year."

Here's what Chen had to say about his role with the team, in Thorburn's report:

"I just want to be that solid player that coach can rely on ... kind of like a second coach out there to help the younger guys with everything."

Chen averaged just under 10 minutes per game last season, getting two points and a rebound per outing on average as the Buffaloes earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament after defeating the Arizona Wildcats for the Pac-12 Tournament championship. After beating UNLV in the second round of the NCAA tourney, Colorado's run ended with a third round loss to the Baylor Bears.