It’s official: Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle is bringing a highly decorated freshman class to Boulder in 2017.
On Tuesday the Buffaloes received their third verbal commitment from a four-star recruit in the past three weeks, as Evan Battey pledged his commitment to Boyle’s program.
A 6-foot-7 forward out of Villa Park, Calif., Battey joins a 2017 CU freshman class already expected to feature Tyler Bey and Colorado Springs native D’shawn Schwartz. Both those players made verbal commitments on Sept. 10 while visiting campus.
Battey announced his commitment Tuesday, his 18th birthday, with a live Periscope video. His commitment fills the allotment of scholarships Boyle had available for 2017-18.
Battey, Bey, and Schwartz all are listed as four-star recruits by Scout.com. Schwartz, from Sand Creek High School, also is ranked at No. 79 on ESPN’s list of top 100 recruits in the 2017 freshman class.
Battey averaged 24.3 points for Villa Park High School last year.
The trio of Schwartz, Bey, and Battey will join transfer Namon Wright next season as newcomers to replace the 2016-17 senior class of Wesley Gordon, Xavier Johnson, Derrick White, and Josh Fortune. Per NCAA transfer rules, Wright will practice with the Buffs this season but is ineligible after moving to CU from Missouri.
While Schwartz, Bey, and Wright all feature the sort of versatile, all-around perimeter skill-set favored by Boyle and his staff, Battey is projected as a post player. Despite his relatively average 6-foot-7 height, Battey is listed at 280 pounds.
The three four-star recruits pledged to the Buffs have pushed CU to No. 21 in the 2017 national team recruiting rankings compiled by Scout.com.