Though work remains to be done in finalizing the Colorado men's basketball recruiting class for 2019, coach Tad Boyle seemingly is attempting to get more pieces in place for 2020.

Earlier this week, the Buffaloes offered a scholarship to Lamont Butler, a 6-foot-1 junior guard at Riverside Poly in southern California. The Buffs also have a scholarship offer out to Keshawn Williams, a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Bloom High School just outside of Chicago.

Boyle's program previously received a verbal commitment for the 2020 class from Luke O'Brien, a junior guard at Columbine.

Boyle's roster, in its current configuration, has three scholarships available for the 2020-21 season, replacing current juniors Deleon Brown, Lucas Siewert, and Shane Gatling. Brown's current academic issues, which have left him ineligible for the remainder of the season, could throw a wrench into that equation, as Boyle has stated Brown's future with the program is cloudy.

For the time being, though, Boyle is focused on filling three spots for the incoming 2020 class. Through his team's 9-5 start, O'Brien has averaged 18.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game for Columbine. During that span, the O'Brien has shot .423 overall (91-for-215) with a .261 mark on 3-pointers (23-for-88), according to statistics posted on Columbine's page.


Butler is listed as a three-star recruit by Also according to, O'Brien has received offers from Colorado State and the University of Denver.

Boyle still has a scholarship remaining for the 2019-20 class to replace this season's only senior, Namon Wright. Later this spring, following the season, CU's leader will have several options to fill that spot, either via a transfer, an international player, or even a high school player whose recruitment opens up late — a route that brought current point guard McKinley Wright to Boulder.

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