CU men’s basketball: Buffs making final pitch on recruiting trail

Joe Amon / The Denver Post
Arvada West 7-footer Dallas Walton will make his verbal commitment to the Colorado men’s basketball program official during a signing ceremony at the high school Wednesday.

With the spring signing period set to begin Wednesday, the Colorado Buffaloes are ready to welcome Dallas Walton into the mix.

Further reinforcements are on the horizon.

While nothing is expected to be finalized on Wednesday, when the 7-foot Walton will make his verbal commitment official during a signing ceremony at Arvada West High School, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle said Monday he expects new commitments in the near future — possibly by the end of the week.

“It’s been really hard with the April calendar getting kids visits, but it’s going really, really well,” Boyle said. “We’re on the verge of getting one, possibly two. We’re involved with some really, really good ones that I’m very excited about.”

Walton had been the final addition to a 2016 recruiting class that also includes incoming guards Deleon Brown and Bryce Peters until Tre’Shaun Fletcher and Kenan Guzonjic announced their intentions of transferring two weeks ago. The sudden turn of events gave Boyle and his staff two scholarships to play with in molding next season’s roster.

Boyle was unable to talk about specific recruits but did rule out any newcomers arriving from the junior college ranks. The only junior college recruit the Buffs had been linked to, 6-foot-10 Kavell Bigby-Williams from Gillette (Wyo.) College, announced his commitment to Oregon on Sunday.

According to the Buffs have an offer out to 6-foot-8 three-star forward Adrean Johnson from Red Oak High School outside Dallas, where he averaged 18.6 points and nine rebounds this past season.

CU also reportedly has drawn the interest of guard Jimmy Whitt, who last month announced he is transferring from Arkansas after just one season. Considered a four-star recruit out of high school, Whitt averaged 17.2 minutes and 6.1 points in 32 games for the Razorbacks and has three years of eligibility remaining. Like all non-graduate transfers, Witt would not be eligible until the 2017-18 season.

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