CU men’s basketball: Buffs a possible landing spot for Arkansas transfer


Assuming Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle lands the post player that remains the only possible missing ingredient in the 2016-17 rotation, the second open scholarship afforded by the recent transfers of Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Kenan Guzonjic is the gambler’s equivalent of free money.

Boyle can play that hand by possibly stockpiling depth for further down the road by adding a transfer, or he can hold fast and add that scholarship to the four that will be available after the 2017 graduations of Xavier Johnson, Wesley Gordon, Josh Fortune and Derrick White.

Reports are surfacing that Boyle is toying with the idea of adding depth now for future use.

According to reports by and, CU is emerging as a possible landing spot for Jimmy Whitt, who announced last week he is leaving Arkansas after just one season.

Regarded as a four-star recruit out of high school, Whitt appeared in all 32 games for Arkansas this season, making 10 starts while averaging 17.2 minutes and 6.1 points. The 6-foot-4 guard was recruited by CU out of Hickman High School in Columbia, Mo., and was a club teammate of current Buffs Dom Collier and Tory Miller.

Whitt will not be eligible until the 2017-18 season — when Collier is a senior and after Fortune and White have moved on. He would have three years of eligibility remaining alongside incoming freshmen guards Deleon Brown and Bryce Peters.

Whitt also is reportedly drawing interest from Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina State and Wisconsin.

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