Two down, one big man to go?

On Monday, two weeks after being introduced as Colorado`s head coach, Tad Boyle signed his first official Buff recruit.

The Buffs landed Andre Roberson, a 6-7, 190-pound small forward from San Antonio.

"He`s 6-7, he`s long and he`ll probably grow some more," Max Ivany, Roberson`s AAU coach, said during a telephone interview with the Camera. "Andre is a late-blooming kid who was receiving a lot of interest lately. ... Colorado got a heck of a player."

Roberson, whose AAU team made an unofficial visit to Boulder last month while playing in a Denver tournament, was also being recruited by Penn State, UCLA and UNLV down the stretch.

New CU men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle signed his first Buff recruit on Monday, 6-7 forward Andre Roberson from San Antonio, Texas.
New CU men's basketball coach Tad Boyle signed his first Buff recruit on Monday, 6-7 forward Andre Roberson from San Antonio, Texas. ( MARK LEFFINGWELL )

Boyle will also be adding Utah transfer Carlon Brown to the mix for the 2011-12 season. The 6-foot-5 guard has decided to finish his collegiate career at CU after flirting with the NBA draft and visiting Kent State.

"I think going to Colorado will help me out in my career and it is the best option for me to showcase my skills and play at a high level of basketball," Brown told the Camera.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Brown -- who has just one year of eligibility remaining -- will have to sit out next season. He will get to practice against Cory Higgins and Alec Burks for a year before trying to fill in when the dynamic duo`s run together ends next March.


"That was a very attractive piece to the puzzle because one of them might be leaving and one of them is definitely leaving," Brown said of the timing. "So it will be a lot easier for me to come into a situation where I won`t be overshadowed and can make an impact on the team."

Brown averaged 12.6 points and 4.1rebounds for the Utes. He said the decision to leave Utah "is a whole other story" and that he is focused on finishing the paperwork and getting his credits transferred to CU.

"I`m very happy to get this done," said Brown, whose fiance will finish her degree at Utah next season. "It allows me to focus on other things."

Boyle has yet to announce a coaching staff, but Tom Abatemarco -- a former Joe Harrington assistant hired back to CU by Jeff Bzdelik in March -- was the point man in the courting of Roberson.

Brown indicated that Mike Rohn, Texas A&M`s director of operations, and Jean Prioleau, an assistant at TCU, have also been brought in. Both worked with Boyle at Wichita State under current Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon.

"The staff had a good mix of older guys and young guys," Brown said. "I liked how they came from a broad spectrum."

During his senior year, Roberson was a first-team all-state selection, averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game. He helped lead Wagner High School to a pair of consecutive Texas Class 5A state semifinal appearances and was the District 27-5A most valuable player.

The Buffs were the worst rebounding team in the Big 12 last season. Ivany said Roberson needs to work on his strength in order to help in that department.

"I have good instincts and I am pretty good on the defensive end. I feel like I know the game pretty well," Roberson said. "I need to improve my shooting and hit the weight room and get bigger."

Roberson also took official visits to Tulsa (last fall) and Penn State (this spring). Texas, UNLV, UCLA and Clemson showed late interest.

"In the end I had narrowed it down to Colorado and Penn State," Roberson said. "They are both very good schools, but I couldn`t choose them both. It had to be one or the other. I just really liked the coaches and players and the environment there at Colorado.

"Not to take anything away from Penn State, they have great coaches and players also. But Colorado is a little closer to home and at least some of my family will be able to come see me play a couple games."

Roberson`s father, John Roberson, played basketball at New Mexico State (1985-89) and professionally overseas for 12 years; his mother, Lisa, played volleyball at New Mexico State (1985-89). 

His two older sisters are also in the Big 12. Ashlee averaged 12.2 points per game and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 as a senior at Texas Tech in 2009-10; Amber is a two-year volleyball letterwinner at Texas.

"Andre is a long, athletic combo forward who has developed into one of the top prospects in the state of Texas. A complete player; he has the athleticism and length to be a game changer on both ends of the floor," Boyle said. "He understands how to use his size and reach to contest shots in the paint, but also possesses the foot speed and quickness to guard on the perimeter."

Boyle still has two scholarships available. The Buffs could still use an athletic 6-11 forward/center who can block shots and control the glass, but Bzdelik was never able to find a player like that during his three seasons at CU.