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Another guard added to 2018 recruiting class for CU men’s basketball

And then there was one.

For Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle, that’s one open scholarship left to fill for the 2018-19 roster.

After getting a verbal commitment from Denver East star Daylen Kountz on Friday night, the Buffs also netted a verbal pledge over the weekend from Elijah Parquet, a guard out of Beaumont, Texas.

Like Kountz, Parquet took his official visit over the weekend before announcing his commitment via Twitter. Parquet is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who competed at the club level with Team STAGE and is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.

National analyst Eric Bossi from Rivals.com offered this assessment of Parquet this summer from a showcase in Dallas: “Parquet immediately passed the eye test with an athletic frame and good size. Once he played with Team Stage he showed good range on his jumper, the ability to create off the dribble and the tools to one day be a good defender. If anything, I’d love to see him be a little more aggressive going to the rim.”

Bossi also noted he believed the schools Parquet had been offered by at the time — Houston, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, and Rice, among others on a list that didn’t include CU at the time — were “ahead of the curve.”

With two guards already in the fold for 2018-19 on the heels of a 2017 freshman class that includes a point guard (McKinley Wright) and two wing guards (D’Shawn Schwartz and Tyler Bey), Boyle likely has his sights set on adding another frontcourt player with the last remaining scholarship. Amadou Sow, a 6-foot-8, three-star power forward out of Napa, Calif., also visited over the weekend.

The 2018-19 freshman class will take the roster spots soon-to-be vacated by this year’s seniors, George King, Dom Collier, and Tory Miller-Stewart.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07

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