As a high school junior, Lucas Siewert made a quick and somewhat hasty decision about his future.
When that plan fell through, Siewert decided to take as much time as possible to make sure he found the right fit.
Roughly a year and a half after committing to Arizona State, Siewert found his right fit with the Colorado Buffaloes. The latest addition to head coach Tad Boyle's basketball program, the 6-foot-10 Siewert visited campus the past two days and enjoyed his first personal interaction with his future teammates since he signed his letter of intent last week.
"I kind of thought about where I could continue my progress," Siewert said. "It wasn't about how many schools recruited me, it was about the right school. I have a goal to make it to the NBA, and I believe this school will help me get there.
"I knew I was going to go somewhere. I just had to think about where I could improve the most."
Siewert opened up his recruiting a little more than a year ago after Arizona State underwent a coaching change, and Boyle and his staff made Siewert a top priority.
Despite playing his entire senior season while sorting through the thicket of the recruiting trail, Siewert still turned in a standout campaign for Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. Siewert more than doubled his scoring average from his junior season, recording 22.6 points per game while also averaging 8.3 rebounds. Siewert shot 46 percent from the floor and has the ability to stretch opposing interior defenders, having finished his varsity career with a .350 mark from 3-point range.
Siewert said he plans on returning to Boulder in June to take summer courses while hitting the gym — the first steps in what Siewert hopes will lead to a contributing role during the 2016-17 season.
"I really like their style of play. It's like how I like to play," Siewert said. "I don't have to force myself to be something else. That's one of the reasons why I came here. I looking forward to helping the team win."