Tad Boyle might have his entire starting lineup back next season.

And yet the Buffs are getting younger.

Colorado will add five freshmen to the mix in 2013-14 when the program seeks a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

The 2013 recruiting class of 6-6 forward Tre'shaun Fletcher, 6-5 guard Jaron Hopkins and 6-7 forward Dustin Thomas will arrive on campus for workouts this summer.

"All three have an opportunity to step in and help us," Boyle said after CU's season ended Friday with a loss to Illinois in the East Regional. "They're good players."

Two members of the 2012 recruiting class, Wesley Gordon (6-8, forward) and Chris Jenkins (6-7, wing), will add more length and athleticism to the rotation after redshirting this year.

Gordon led Sierra High School to the 4A state championship game last March where his team lost to Josh Scott's Lewis-Palmer team at the Coors Events Center.

Jenkins averaged 20 points and shot 67 percent from the field as a senior at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

The Buffs lose guard Sabatino Chen and center Shane Harris-Tunks from this year's team, which finished 21-12.

"Wesley Gordon is going to be an important part of this team next year, especially with Shane moving on," Boyle said. "He's going to have an opportunity, and I know he's champing at the bit. It has been a hard, long year for both those kids, but they're both capable of stepping in and helping us next year."

Fletcher, who is from Tacoma, Washington, attended CU's game against the Huskies in Seattle this season. He has a similar build to Xavier Johnson and is ranked as a top-100 player (No. 91) nationally for 2013 by Scout.com.

"He could be one of our best passers coming into the program," Boyle said. "One of our problems with our team this year was our assist numbers. When we don't assist the ball consistently it's not good news, unless we really guard.

"Tre'shaun is going to help in that regard. He's 6-6, he can see over defenses, and he's got a good feel for the game."

Hopkins averaged 22.2 points and 4.5 rebounds for Dobson High School in Mesa, Ariz. He was ranked as the 110th best prospect in the country for 2013 by Rivals.com.

"He's a 6-5, tall guard, a lot like Spencer (Dinwiddie)," Boyle said. "He's a terrific athlete who can pass, dribble and shoot."

Thomas, from Texarkana, Texas, attended CU's NCAA Tournament game in Austin. Boyle is hoping the late-bloomer will have a college career similar to Andre Roberson, the reigning Pac-12 defensive player of the year from San Antonio.

Roberson is in the process of deciding whether to return to CU for his senior season or make himself eligible for the NBA draft. Thomas already has a better perimeter game.

"He's a heck of a basketball player. He's 6-7, he can rebound it and really shoot the ball from three," Boyle said. "We could have used his jumper (against Illinois) because he's got the ability to shoot it and stretch the defense."

CU's practices are going to be competitive in the fall with more pieces for the coaching staff to work with in the back court (Dinwiddie, Hopkins, Askia Booker, Jeremy Adams, Xavier Talton, Eli Stalzer), on the wings (Johnson, Fletcher, Jenkins, Thomas and possibly Roberson) and in the paint (Scott, Gordon and Ben Mills).

"With a squad like that, we could be great," Johnson said.

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