Evan Battey’s status remains in limbo.
A return to practice doesn’t appear imminent for Colorado’s freshman forward, who was stricken with stroke-like symptoms during the semester break. While CU head coach Tad Boyle remains optimistic Battey’s return remains a matter of when and not if, he sounded far less optimistic that comeback would occur with the 2017-18 season still in session.
“It will probably maybe the first week of April before we know something,” said Boyle, who added that deadline isn’t necessarily definitive. “That’s just from what the doctors have told me and the tests that need to continue to be done on him. We’ll hopefully get a feel here as we move in through March. Because there’s some more testing that needs to be done.”
Battey already was taking a redshirt season after he was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA during the preseason, but up until the holiday break he had practiced daily with the team while reshaping his hulking 6-foot-8 frame in the weight room.
Like injured senior Tory Miller-Stewart, Battey was allowed to travel home during the semester break while the Buffs prepared for road trips to Oregon and Southern California. He hasn’t practiced since rejoining the Buffs during their swing through Los Angeles.
“I am confident and hopeful. But I’m not a doctor. I won’t make that decision,” Boyle said. “That decision will be made by the medical team that Evan and his family are supported by. Much of that medical team is here in Colorado. Some of it is in California. This is something that (CU athletic director) Rick George is aware of and on top of. This is something we’re taking very seriously. When you talk about a young man’s health, that takes precedent over whatever basketball stuff that may or may not happen.
“But I’m hopeful and confident. I’m a glass half-full guy. I’ve got no reason not to be.”
With the roster as it currently is constructed, the Buffs have only one scholarship available for the 2019-20 freshman class. That player could be Ethan Anderson.
A 6-foot-1 point guard from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Anderson visited CU this weekend. Late Saturday night Anderson re-Tweeted an announcement by Beach City Sports that he had received an offer from CU.
Barring changes to the roster, next year guard Namon Wright will be the Buffs’ only senior. That would change if the injured Miller-Stewart opts to return for a fifth season at CU.
Boyle said he still has yet to speak with former CU star Andre Roberson, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward who suffered a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on Jan. 27. “We shared text messages and obviously told him the whole Buff nation is with him and concerned,” Boyle said…CU has won eight consecutive games against Stanford heading into the teams’ Sunday afternoon matchup. The Buffs have won the past four in Boulder by an average of 15.8 points. Stanford’s last win against CU was on Feb. 23, 2012 at the Coors Events Center.