The question of who will eventually replace Josh Scott as the Colorado Buffaloes' premier big man will remain unanswered for the time being.

CU was one of four finalist hoping to land the services of Australian big man Harry Froling, but reported Monday evening that Froling had decided on SMU. That choice soon was confirmed by Froling himself in a tweet that read: "Happy to announce I have officially committed to SMU!!!! Excited to feel the moody magic and now I can officially #ponyup!!!"

Rather than play for head coach Tad Boyle, the 6-foot-10 Froling instead will play for Boyle's college coach at Kansas, Hall of Famer Larry Brown. SMU and CU were among a list of Froling finalists that also included Illinois and Arizona.

With two additional guards/swing players already lined up for the 2016-17 freshman class in Deleon Brown and Bryce Peters, CU will certainly keep a big man on its radar for its final open scholarship. The Buffs will have two scholarships available if senior forward Xavier Johnson completes a comeback from a torn Achilles during the season's stretch run instead of taking a redshirt season.

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