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CU basketball gets commitment from European forward Jakub Dombek

The void in the frontcourt apparently has been filled for the Colorado men’s basketball team.

According to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Get Better Academy, a basketball training organization in Europe, the Buffaloes have received a commitment from Jakub Dombek, a 6-foot-10 forward out of the Czech Republic.

Dombek will enter CU as a freshman with four years of eligibility. It is the second European player in as many years landed by the Buffs since assistant coach Bill Grier joined the staff. Grier helped Gonzaga rise to prominence during a 15-year run as an assistant through 2007, with Grier serving as the recruiting coordinator over the final 10 years while bringing a number of international recruits to Spokane.

The 2017-18 roster also featured freshman guard Lazar Nikolic from Serbia.

The addition of Dombek completes a 2018 freshman recruiting class that already includes guards Elijah Parquet and Denver East’s Daylen Kountz. The open scholarship that remained in reserve for CU head coach Tad Boyle when those two players signed in November was temporarily, if not officially, filled when Tory Miller-Stewart considered returning for a fifth season following a season-ending foot injury after just six games. However, Miller-Stewart ultimately opted to transfer elsewhere to play his final season as a graduate transfer.

Boyle has consistently maintained the Buffs would seek a forward with the open scholarship, and in Dombek the Buffs add a third big body to utilize alongside 6-foot-10 Lucas Siewert and 7-foot Dallas Walton. CU will have another potential big body in freshman forward Evan Battey, who still is hoping to be cleared medically after a midseason stroke-like affliction that kept him out of practice the remainder of the season. By adding another 2018 freshman to the mix rather than a transfer, the Buffs also will remain extremely young in 2018-19 with only one senior (Namon Wright) and two juniors (Siewert and Deleon Brown) on the projected roster.

Also like Siewert and Walton, Dombek boasts a capable outside shot and a skill-set far more versatile than the standard back-to-the-basket post player.

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