Posted On: 08/17/15 8:00 PM

Colorado hoops has risen in recent years and the current upswing looks to continue. The 2016, 2017, and 2018 classes could produce record numbers of Division I recruits and the depth of talent beyond D-I level prospects has increased. 

While the latest group is extremely promising, it is time to give credit to those who played high school hoops in Colorado and are still competing at some level to this day. They've helped set the stage for the ongoing success of Centennial State basketball. 

Without further ado, here's Prep Hoops Colorado's third Where Are They Now article in an ongoing series. 

Jason Smith:  Smith, a 7-footer from Platte Valley High School in Kersey, had an excellent career for Colorado State before getting drafted by the Miami Heat in the first round in 2007. He’s enjoying a lengthy NBA career, averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game and signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Orlando Magic in July. Smith is one of the most successful players ever from the Centennial State.

Xavier Talton:  Another small-town kid, Talton led Sterling to 27 wins and the 4A state championship as a junior before signing with the Colorado Buffs. The guard,

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