As a 2017 freshman class that has the potential to go down as one of the best recruiting classes in the history of the Colorado men's basketball program settles into the routine of classes and major college athletics, the next group of incoming Buffaloes is beginning to take shape.

Friday night, coach Tad Boyle's program received a verbal commitment from Denver East guard Daylen Kountz, who becomes the first player pledged to the 2018 freshman class. In a brief statement on Twitter, Kountz said, "I'm very blessed & Excited (sic) to announce that I am verbally committing to the University of Colorado to further my basketball career and Education (sic)!"

Also a product of the Colorado Hawks club program, the 6-foot-4 Kountz averaged 26.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game last season, according to Denver East's statistics page on He shot 51 percent overall (127-for-248) with a .310 mark from 3-point range (19-for-62). He also shot 79 percent at the free throw line (123-for-156).

Kountz has drawn mixed reviews in national recruiting circles, garnering a two-star rating from He was a second-team Class 5A all-state selection by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Kountz is taking his official visit to CU this weekend, as is 6-foot-9 power forward Amadou Sow from Napa, Calif. lists Sow as a three-star prospect.


Kountz's commitment continues Boyle's efforts to land the top in-state prospects, which has been a staple of his tenure as he gets set to begin his eighth season at the helm. During his time in Boulder, Boyle's in-state scholarship recruits include former Buffs Josh Scott, Derrick White, Wesley Gordon, and Xavier Talton, along with current Buffs Dom Collier and D'Shawn Schwartz. Collier also arrived from Denver East.

Including the one pledged to Kountz (and barring any player transferring out of CU), the Buffs have three scholarships available for the 2018 freshman class, replacing 2017-18 seniors Collier, George King, and Tory Miller-Stewart.

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