If there is a downside to bringing in a top-notch recruiting class, it's that following up that effort with another class of similar stature becomes more challenging.
While that certainly is not the case at the Kentuckys and North Carolinas of the college basketball world, it certainly holds true for the University of Colorado. With the best recruiting class of his seven-year tenure ready to roll in Boulder, coach Tad Boyle has been busy hitting the road during the July recruit evaluation periods.
Heading into this past weekend, Boyle reported that between recruiting and his duties as an assistant coach with the U.S. U19 team in Egypt for the World Cup, he had slept at home just twice since mid-June. With the final two of the three five-day July evaluation periods still ahead (July 19-23 and 26-30) Boyle and his staff will continue to compile frequent flier miles.
With three scholarships currently available for the 2018 freshman class (replacing 2017-18 seniors Tory Miller, George King, and Dom Collier), Boyle realizes current high school stars are taking note of a 2017 Buffs class that includes potential future stars at nearly every position in point guard McKinley Wright, post player Evan Battey, and wings D'Shawn Schwartz, Tyler Bey, and Lazar Nikolic.
CU's 2017 freshman class was ranked No. 27 nationally by Scout.com in an evaluation format that doesn't include international players like Nikolic. Given the Buffs also have two projected rotation players for the upcoming years in 2017-18 sophomores Lucas Siewert and Deleon Brown, potential 2018 freshmen will have to understand that competing for immediate playing time might be an uphill battle.
"With such a good class last year, we're looking to follow up," Boyle said. "We have to find the right kids that can come in and give added value with the class this year."
The Buffs have offered a scholarship to Denver East guard Daylen Kountz, who also counts Wichita State and Wyoming among his finalists.