Tad Boyle does not typically make a habit of offering gushing praise to players that have yet to prove themselves at the Division I level.

Nevertheless, the leader of the University of Colorado men's basketball program finds it difficult to contain his excitement when it comes to the Buffaloes' 2017 recruiting class.

On Wednesday, the latest crop of Buffs made it official by signing national letters of intent to join the CU program. A year from now D'shawn Schwartz, Tyler Bey, and Evan Battey - all four-star recruits - will begin CU careers as one of the most highly-touted freshman classes in the program's history.

"This will be I think our best recruiting class that we've ever had at Colorado. Certainly since our staff has been here," Boyle said. "It's not the biggest class, but I think it's the best class. I think all three kids will have an opportunity to be 1,000-point scorers, if not more, in their time here."

Schwartz, a 6-foot-6 lefty from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, continues a run of in-state talent landed by Boyle and his staff that includes former star Josh Scott along with current Buffs Wesley Gordon, Derrick White, Dominique Collier, and Dallas Walton.


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Now in his seventh season at CU, Boyle and his staff have made a point of landing the top prep players Colorado has to offer. The state doesn't typically produce many Power 5 Conference-caliber basketball players, yet with the notable exceptions of former Regis star Josh Perkins (Gonzaga) and last year's top Colorado recruit from Overland, De'Ron Davis (Indiana), the Buffs generally have kept Colorado's best at home.

Schwartz averaged 19.9 points and 8.5 rebounds for Sand Creek last year.

"He's had a lot of great experiences with USA Basketball, which is going to help him I think transition to the college game," Boyle said. "It's always nice to get who we think is the best player in the state of Colorado. We think D'shawn is."

The signings of Bey and Battey continue a recruiting pipeline Boyle's staff has established in the Los Angeles area, a trend that began in earnest when guards Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie arrived in Boulder as part of Boyle's first recruiting class in 2011. Carlon Brown, a transfer from Utah who played his senior season with the Buffs in 2011-12, also hailed from Southern California, the same as current Buffs Xavier Johnson, Bryce Peters, Lucas Siewert, and transfer Namon Wright. 

Battey in particular is an intriguing prospect as a 6-foot-7, 280-pound dynamo who has the size to mix it up inside while displaying sharp passing and shooting skills.

The Buffs' 2017 class is ranked 16th by Rivals.com and 18th by Scout.com.

"When I visited Colorado, I got in at night time and I didn't really see how beautiful Boulder is," Battey said. "I woke up the next morning, looked out my hotel room, and I was amazed. But I think the most important part of my Colorado visit was bonding with the players. I think what separated Colorado from a lot of schools is I bonded with the whole entire team."

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