Rodney Billups enters his fourth year with the University of Colorado men's basketball team and begins his second year as an assistant coach on Tad Boyle’s staff.
During his two years as the director basketball operations, Billups was an integral part of the behind-of-the-scenes success of the Buffaloes program with travel, scheduling, and the day-to-day operations of the program. In the summer, he is director of the CU basketball summer camps.
In his previous three years in Boulder, Billups has helped the Buffaloes enjoy their finest seasons to date with back-to-back 24-win campaigns in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and a 21-win season in 2012-13. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, CU earned NCAA Tournament berths in back-to-back years for the first time in 50 years (1961-62 & 1962-63). Billups also helped the Buffaloes to three consecutive 20-wins seasons, a school-first, and the 69 wins are the most victories in any three-year span in school history.
In 2011-2012, he helped CU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nine years, upsetting No. 6 UNLV in the second round and advancing to the third round. At the inaugural Pac-12 Conference tournament, the Buffs became just the 10th team in the nation to win at least four games in four days to capture the tournament title (a CU first since winning the Big 8 in 1968-69).
In CU’s first year of the Pac-12, Andre Roberson (first team, All-Defensive, All-Tournament team), Carlon Brown (second team, tournament Most Outstanding Player), and Spencer Dinwiddie (freshman team) were named all-conference.
In year two of the conference, Roberson (first team, Defensive Player of the Year, All-Defensive team); Dinwiddie (first team) and Josh Scott (All-Freshman team) earned post-season accolades.
Billups is the younger brother of former CU great Chauncey Billups, who played with the Buffaloes from 1995-97. The younger Billups is a Colorado native graduating from George Washington High School in 2001. He later was a three-year standout with the University of Denver Pioneers from 2002-05.
“Rodney continues to bring a lot of value to our staff,” men’s basketball head coach Tad Boyle said. “Each year, he gets more and more comfortable in his recruiting role, and continues to develop into a fine, young coach.”
At DU, Billups averaged 10.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds during his 2004-05 senior season. In addition to leading the Sun Belt Conference in assists, he also ranked 17th nationally. He was named an All-SBC third team selection in 2004-05, the same season he helped the Pioneers win 20 games and a National Invitational Tournament berth.
Billups' 199 assists in his senior season, ranks third all-time in school history, while his 58 steals, ranks seventh. Over his three years at DU, Billups ranks fourth all-time in assists (418) and steals (154). For his career, he averaged 8.5 points per game, in addition to 4.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
In 2004-05, Billups was named co-recipient of the Floyd M. Theard Jr. Memorial Award. The award is presented each year to the DU men's basketball player who best displays the qualities of leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship.
Billups earned his business management degree from DU in 2005. After his collegiate days, he played professional basketball for ASK Riga in Latvia (2005-06), where he led the league in steals and assists. He also played one year in Finland (2006-07).