Jakub Dombek was dressed and ready to go Tuesday night when the Colorado men's basketball team routed Drake in its season opener.
Despite a lopsided game that saw all three of the Buffaloes' eligible walk-ons get playing time, Dombek remained glued to his seat. It was a situation that will become routine for the foreseeable future.
On Thursday, head coach Tad Boyle confirmed that Dombek, a 6-foot-11 freshman forward out of the Czech Republic, will take a redshirt season in 2018-19, primarily with the focus on adding bulk to a lanky frame currently supporting only 190 pounds.
However, Boyle reiterated the thought he first expressed last week that it will be a fluid situation with Dombek. If another injury hits a frontcourt that already lost 7-footer Dallas Walton to a season-ending knee injury, or if Dombek's own development presses the issue, Boyle says he is willing to pull off that redshirt.
"If we stay healthy with those four guys...we'll continue with the redshirt," Boyle said. "Or unless Jakub makes unbelievable strides."
Unlike a more traditional redshirt setup, such as the season Walton went through as a true freshman two years ago, Dombek will dress for games and also travel with the team on the road, with the idea Dombek will be acclimated to the routines of game night and traveling if he eventually is called upon.
If Dombek still has not been pressed into duty at the end of nonconference play, Boyle said he and his staff will re-evaluate the traveling portion of Dombek's routine before Pac-12 Conference play begins.
"The option is, if he comes off the redshirt, he has to be ready to go," Boyle said. "For him to be ready to go, he has to at least see and experience...he's seeing what's going on, he's seeing what road trips are like. It's a little unusual, but that's how we're approaching this thing."