As often is the case with international recruits, incoming Colorado basketball freshman Jakub Dombek is fighting through bureaucratic red tape in his quest to reach the Flatirons.
Signed in April to join coach Tad Boyle's Buffaloes program, the 6-foot-10 forward out of the Czech Republic still has not arrived in Boulder, with Boyle saying only "hopefully ASAP" as to when Dombek finally will set foot on campus.
Like last year, when the Buffs patiently awaited the arrival of Serbian guard Lazar Nikolic, Dombek already has missed an opportunity to get work out with his new teammates and get acquainted with his new home over the past few months. Boyle, however, noted there is one significant difference between Dombek's situation and Nikolic's from a year ago, though he declined to provide details.
"We're still waiting for some test scores to come in and get posted," Boyle said. "Last year it was an NCAA issue. This is a University of Colorado issue."
Nikolic lasted just one season at CU, returning to Europe this past spring to begin a professional career and allowing the Buffs to sign junior college 3-point ace Shane Gatling.
Whenever Dombek finally is added to the mix, his first priority will be to add strength to his long and lanky frame. Billed as a rangy big man athletic enough to get out on the fast break and knock down open shots, Boyle said Dombek tipped the scales at about 190 pounds when he signed in April. Like 7-foot-1 Dallas Walton, who attacked the weight room during a redshirt season out of Arvada West High School, Dombek will need to improve physically before he can compete at the Pac-12 Conference level. If the Buffs' projected frontcourt rotation remains intact — Walton, Lucas Siewert, Evan Battey, and Tyler Bey — Dombek could be a candidate for a redshirt season as well.