Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle remains confident his roster will remain intact as the Buffaloes move deeper into their offseason conditioning program.
But that doesn't mean he has been able to completely rule out further defections from his projected 2018-19 rotation. While the likelihood of further outgoing transfers decreases as the spring continues to unfold, Boyle continues to stop short of declaring next year's roster as intact.
Tory Miller-Stewart, whose senior season was limited to just the first six games due to a broken foot, announced shortly after the season that he is leaving the CU program to pursue other opportunities as a graduate transfer.
"In the springtime you always have your pulse on a lot of different things. You never know," Boyle said. "I'm not going to say that I expect changes. But if something did happen, I wouldn't be surprised."
Perhaps the biggest personnel matter on the horizon for the Buffs is a potential resolution for the status of freshman forward Evan Battey.
Battey was felled by a stroke while in his southern California hometown over the Christmas holidays and did not practice with the Buffs for the remainder of the season. Though Battey was forced to take a redshirt season anyway after the NCAA deemed him academically ineligible, Boyle has stated repeatedly the broad-shouldered, 6-foot-8 Battey would have been a critical part of CU's rotation this past season.
Battey was ruled ineligible because he was forced to repeat his freshman year of high school five years ago. He proceeded to post a 3.38 grade-point average for the fall semester and recently was named the male recipient of CU's annual Clancy A. Herbst Jr. Student-Athlete Award, which is awarded to student-athletes who "overcome personal, academic and/or emotional challenges difficulties to succeed both academically and athletically."
"A lot of the tests have come back positively," Boyle said. "We're hopeful. We're cautiously optimistic. We're moving forward with supervised workouts. Monitoring his heart rate. Getting feedback from him as he enters back in slowly to playing college basketball. He worked out with the guys (Thursday) and he'll be going through our April workouts. He'll go home in May and hopefully continue to just get better.
"We're cautiously optimistic. That's the best way to put it. Nobody has come in and said, 'Boom, he's ready to go.' It's a matter of ramping him up to full speed, and that's not going to happen right away."