The 2017-18 Colorado men's basketball team will feature the youngest roster of the tenure of head coach Tad Boyle, who begins his eighth season at the helm when the Buffaloes host Northern Colorado. Here is a look at the new-look Buffs.

Guards (9)

Deleon Brown (So., 6-4, Grand Rapids, Mich.): One of CU's best perimeter defenders, Brown will be challenged to improve on last year's .314 mark (16-for-51) from 3-point range.

Dominique Collier (Sr., 6-2, Sr., Denver): After an up-and-down first three seasons, Collier will be counted upon to be a steady ball-handler and outside shooter for the Buffs.

George King (Sr., 6-6, Fayetteville, N.C.): King is the Buffs' top returning scorer and rebounder, and he will be tasked with leading the young Buffs at both ends of the floor.

AJ Martinka (Fr., 6-5, Stanwood, Wash.): Martinka replaced Mitch Lombard as the second walk-on for the Buffs.

Lazar Nikolic (Fr., 6-7, Belgrade, Serbia): The long-armed Nikolic owns a unique skill-set and gives the Buffs added size along the perimeter.

Josh Repine (Sr., 6-3, Englewood): The veteran walk-on already has been lauded for his leadership during the Buffs' offseason roster makeover.

D'Shawn Schwartz (Fr., 6-7, Colorado Springs): The latest homegrown CU recruit should provide a solid outside shot while learning the ropes on defense.

McKinley Wright (Fr., 6-0, North Robbinsdale, Minn.): A late spring signee could prove to be the most important piece of the Buffs' talented rookie class. The point guard of the future has arrived.


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Namon Wright (Jr., 6-5, Los Angeles): Spent much of last season recuperating from a foot injury after transferring from Missouri. Should be an immediate impact player.

Forwards (6)

Evan Battey (Fr., 6-8, View Park, Calif.): Ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA this season, the affable Battey will have to wait a year before showcasing his skills.

Tyler Bey (Fr., 6-7, Las Vegas, Nev.): An explosive leaper, Bey has the potential to become an elite rebounder but also will spend plenty of time along the wing.

Tory Miller-Stewart (Sr. 6-9, Kansas City): The Buffs' most experienced and aggressive post player will need to stay out of foul trouble in order to produce an improved senior season.

Lucas Siewert (So., 6-10, Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil): Showed promise last year with a soft outside shooting touch but has been tasked with improving his inside game.

Alex Strating (R-Fr., 6-7, Wassenaar, Netherlands): Might be the odd man out of the rotation, but Strating has displayed marked improvement this preseason.

Dallas Walton (R-Fr., 7-0, Arvada): The skinny young man from Arvada bulked up during his redshirt season in hopes of giving the Buffs production on the glass and at the defensive end of the floor.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07