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#11 Cory Higgins
Position: Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
City/State: Danville, Calif.
High School: Monte Vista HS
Other College: Pendleton School [Bradenton]
Experience: 4 Letters
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Cory Higgins Bio Cory Higgins Bio

2010-11 Records
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Most career made free throws (570)
Most career games played (132) Most career starts (131)
Most single-season minutes (1,222, 2010-11)
Career minutes played (4,478)
Career double-digit scoring games (107)
Most Big 12 Conference career starts by a CU player (64)
Most Big 12 Conference career minutes by a CU player (2,253)
•Only player in school history with at least 2,000 points (2,001), 500 rebounds (547), 300 assists (320), 150 steals (192).

15-Year History of the Big 12 Conference (CU Bests): Most steals (5) against Iowa State, Jan. 29, 2008 (Ames) • Most points (34) scored against Texas, Feb. 14, 2009 (Boulder) • Most points (30) scored against Texas Tech, March 6, 2010 (Boulder) • Most free throws attempts (15) against Texas Tech, March 6, 2010 (Kansas City) • Most points scored (27) against Texas A&M, March 4, 2009 (Boulder).

2010-11 Records Tied
Most points scored in a career (2,001) • Most points scored in a career by a guard (2,001) • Most games played in a season (38) • Most career Big 12 Conference games (64) • Most steals (5) against Missouri, Feb. 6, 2010 (Boulder) • Most steals (3) against Texas, March 11, 2009 (Kansas City) • Most free throws made (11) against Texas Tech, March 6, 2010 (Kansas City) • Most steals (4) against Texas A&M, Jan. 23, 2010 (College Station).

2010-11 Other Notes
University of Colorado Best Defender (voted by the players) • 36th nationally in free throw percentage (86.6 percent) • All-Big 12 third team selection (2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09) • Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List • 2011 USBWA 2010-11 Men's All-District VIII First Team • 2,001 career points ranks sixth all-time in Big 12 Conference scoring (all games) • 610 points scored during senior year, ranks fourth of senior guards • 610 points scored ranks seventh all-time in single season • 461 attempted field goals is 10th  • 174 made free throws ranks fourth 94 assists ranks 39th .

 Big 12 (only): Third in free throw percentage (.877) • 10th in scoring (14.9 ppg.) • 10th in minutes played (33.9) • 972 Big 12 Conference-only points ranking seventh • Made 281 free throws, ranking second all-time • Ranks sixth overall in free throw attempts (343).

Big 12 (all games): Second in free throw percentage (.866) • Eighth in scoring (16.1 ppg.) • Eighth in field goal percentage (.434) • Tied for sixth all-time among career scorers (2,001 points) • Second all-time in free throws made (570) and third in free attempts (691).

Career
• Colorado and Big 12 record holder with 45 consecutive free throws made: Dec. 10, 2008 - Jan. 14, 2009 (8 games) as a sophomore • 32 games scoring 20+ points 5 career games 30+ or more points 12 career games with 25+ points three double-doubles • 547 career rebounds ranks third among all-time CU guards and 22nd in career rebounding • Third in steals (192) • Fifth in career free throw percentage (.825) • 653 made field goals and 1,397 attempts ranks sixth all-time • Seventh in career three-point attempts (360) • Ninth in three-pointers made (125) • 10th in assists (320) •Also had 47 blocks 46.7 percent from the field (653-for-1397).

• Three-time All-Big 12 third team selection (2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09) • Big 12-only leader in steals two-straight conference seasons (junior, sophomore) with a 2.1 spg. • Fell one conference (career) made free throw (281) from tying school record • Earned 13 CU Athlete of the Week awards.

2009-10 (junior): All-Big 12 Conference third team selection • Big 12 Player of the Week (Mar. 1-7) • Led CU in scoring second straight year • 18.9 points per game average (highest over three years) • Scored 587 points, most by any CU player in a season since 1991-92 season • 45th nationally in points per game (18.9 ppg.); 47th in steals per game (1.9); 69th in FG% (50.5); 81st in FT% (83.3) • Shot a career best field goal (.505) and free throw percentage (.833), tied a season-best in three-pointers (32), tied blocks in a season (11) • Back-to-back seasons with at least 59 steals (career-best 60 steals) • Three 30-point efforts • Scored 33 points against Iowa State (Feb. 27) and tied career-best 12 field goals made against Cyclones and against Kansas State (Jan. 16) • Scored the eighth most points in a season in 2009-10 (587 points) • 169 FTs made fourth most in single season at CU, and ranks 10th with the highest single-season free-throw percentage in school history (.833).

Big 12 (only): First in steals (2.1); third in points per game (19.4); third in FG% (.522); 10th in FT% (.807) • Tied for the most free throws attempts in a game (15 versus Texas Tech, Mar. 6) • Tied for second most field goals made in a game (12) versus Iowa State (Feb. 27) and Kansas State (Jan. 6).

Big 12 (all games): First in steals (1.9); second in FG% (.505); fourth in scoring (18.9); fourth in FT% (.833); ninth in minutes played (33.4) • Conference-best 16 FT made, attempted, and percentage (1.000) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 13).

Other Trends: Led CU in scoring 17 of 31 games (twice shared) • 15 games shooting over 50 percent; 19 games with 18 or more points • made at least 10 free throw four times (seven career) • 13, 20+ games in '09-10 (25 career) • Six games with 25+ points or more • Against Iowa State (Feb. 27) first CU player this season to lead the team solo in four of six categories (points, rebounds, blocks, 3-ptrs. made). He's the last CU player to perform feat (Dec. 10, 2008 against Colorado State in Boulder) when he scored had 33 points, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, three steals in a Buff win.

Misc.: Fifth nationally of all juniors in FT% with at least 200 attempts and 13th nationally of all players in FT% with at least 200 attempts • Averaged 27.0 points per game when wearing metallic copper-colored Nike Air Foamposite shoes (Feb. 27 vs. Iowa State, Mar. 6 vs. Texas Tech, Mar. 10 vs. Texas Tech) • Averaged 20 points in games CU won • Tied a school record by going 16-of-16 from the free throw line against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in season opener (Nov. 13) • Of all the nation's juniors, Higgins ranked 13th in steals per game (1.9); 20th in points per game (18.9); 24th in FG% (50.5); and t-28th in FT% (83.3).

More Trends: Scored 30+ points three times • Scored 20+ points 13 times • Led the team in scoring 17 times; in steals 15 times; in rebounding seven times; in blocked shots seven times; in assists five times • 60 steals is the 11th highest season total in CU history and fourth highest by a junior.

2008-09 (sophomore): All-Big 12 Conference third team selection • Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 8-14) • One of 13 nationally ranked first or second on their team in the five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) and only sophomore nationally on that list • First statistically on the team in points, rebounds, steals, defensive and total rebounds, FTs and FTA attempts, FT%, FGM, FGA, minutes played; and second in assists and blocks; third in 3-pt FGs made; minimum of 200 shots taken was second on team (.476) • Tallied three nationally ranked categories: 64th steals (1.9); 77th FT% (.830); 93rd 17.4 ppg. • Scored 538 points finishing 13th all-time at CU for most points scored in a single-season • 538 points ranks third all-time among CU sophomores and seventh all-time among CU guards for a season • Led team in scoring 18 times, steals 16 times, rebounding 15 times, assists 10 times, blocks 8 times • Scored in double-digits in 28 of 31 games; 20+ points 12 times (seven conference), 30+ twice (1 conference) • Owed the team's top two scoring games 34 pts. vs. Texas (Feb. 14) and 33 pts. vs. Colorado State (Dec. 10) • Made 11 field goals in a single game, twice - also a team-best • Achieved a perfect 12-of-12 at the free throw line, twice (Kansas, Jan. 17; Coppin State, Dec. 28) • Two double-doubles • Second in both CU seasonal minutes (1,146) and conference minutes played (600) • named to the Rainbow Classic All-Tourney team, led Buffs in scoring every game (18 ppg., 6.0 rpg.) • Scored a CU 13-year conference high with a personal-best 34 points against Texas (Feb. 14); also performed the same feat against Texas A&M (Mar. 4) with 27 points • First player at CU to lead team in rebounding and assists the first two games of any season since 1973-74 season • Played 35+ minutes 24 times (13 conference); six games over 40 minutes; six or more rebounds 15 times (five conference); three or more steals 13 times (8 conference); four or more assists eight times (four conference); and 13 games with at least six or more made field goals • Tallied five CU Athlete of the Week awards • Under five minutes to play is 56-of-69 (.812) at the FT line.

Big 12 (Only): Five Top-10 finishes [1st in steals (2.1); t-2nd minutes played (37.5); sixth in scoring (17.7 ppg.); seventh in FG% (.456) and FT% (.824); 11th in defensive rebounding (4.1); t-19th rebounding (4.7)].

Big 12 (All Games): Six Top-10 finishes [second steals (1.9) and minutes played (37.5); fourth FT% (.830); fifth in scoring (17.4 ppg.); sixth FG% (.476); seventh defensive rebounds (4.8); 17th rebounding (5.4)].

2007-08 (freshman): Started all 32 games averaging 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals a game • First freshman since 2004-05 to start every averaging 33.6 minutes a game • Played 1,074 minutes ranking sixth all-time in school history for most minutes played in a season • Second in assists (73) and steals (36), third in rebounding (136), third in field goals made (95), and fourth in 3-pointers made (25) • In Big 12 play was third in scoring (8.8 ppg.), second in rebounding (4.3), assists (35) and steals (19) • Netted double-digits in 15 games, nine of them were conference games; also had 15 games with five or more rebounds in a game • Season-best five steals at Iowa State (Jan. 29) • Career-best eight rebounds at Texas (Jan. 19), in addition to eight boards in both conference tournament games against Baylor (Mar. 13) and Oklahoma (Mar. 14); grabbed seven defensive rebounds in home upset win over Oklahoma (Feb. 9) • Collegiate debut scored 10 points with five rebounds and three steals • Led team in scoring in back-to-back games with a 15-point effort at Texas A&M (Jan. 12) and in home win over Nebraska (Jan. 15) with 13 points • Season-best seven assists in road win at Colorado State • Scored 266 points ranking 10th all-time among all CU freshman; also ranked sixth in steals (36); eighth in assists (73); ninth in rebounds (136); and 15th in blocks (11).

MONTE VISTA HS: Four-year letterwinner • First-team All-East Bay Athletic League and league most valuable player as a junior • Helped the Mustangs to a 27-4 record as senior averaging 21 points per game • High school team went 69-15 (.821) over three seasons • Named to the all-tourney team of the National Prep School Invitational and the Torrey Pines Classic • Member of the E.B.A.L. Championship team and Torrey Pines championship team in 2006 • Member of the 2007 AAU Elite Basketball Organization (EBO) Spring Showcase Championship team in Las Vegas • Also averaged 18 points per game during his junior year.

ACADEMICS: Graduated in May 2011 with a degree in sociology.

PERSONAL: Born Courdon Higgins on June 14, 1989 in Danville, Calif. • Son of Rod and Concetta Higgins • Youngest of two children; older brother, Rick was a member of the CU basketball team during the 2009-10 season • Father was a standout basketball player at Fresno State and played in the NBA for 13 years with the Bulls, Kings, Warriors and Cavaliers (1982-1995); Currently serves as the Charlotte Bobcats General Manager • Lists being able to play with his brother, Rick, as his biggest moment from high school.

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