Earlier this week the news that Australian forward Harry Froling was leaving SMU spurred curiosity from CU Buffaloes basketball fans.
Don’t get too excited just yet.
The 6-foot-11 forward was target of head coach Tad Boyle and his staff last spring before Froling ultimately chose to play at SMU. He committed to Boyle’s former coach at Kansas, Hall of Famer Larry Brown, but Froling found himself instead playing for Tim Jankovich when Brown abruptly resigned in July. Despite being ranked for much of last season and finishing with a 25-5 record, SMU was ineligible for the 2016 NCAA Tournament due to academic issues.
Froling is an intriguing player, but at the moment the Buffs simply do not have room for him. The available scholarships for next year with the imminent departures of seniors Xavier Johnson, Wesley Gordon, Derrick White, and Josh Fortune already have been devoted to incoming freshmen D’Shawn Schwartz, Evan Battey, and Tyler Bey in addition to Alex Strating, who is paying his own way this season as a redshirt before going on scholarship next year.
The only way CU will have an available scholarship next year is if an underclassmen opts to transfer after the season. Froling isn’t likely to want to wait that long if he wishes to continue playing NCAA basketball.
Froling, who reportedly will also look to return to his native Australia to play professionally, averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10 games with SMU.