With a much-anticipated 2019-20 season getting set to tip off and a 2020 recruiting class that has started to fall into place, the Colorado men’s basketball team’s recruiting focus will be centered on the 2021 class this weekend.
The Buffs are scheduled to host a pair of prospects on official visits in 7-footer Lawson Lovering from Cheyenne Central along with Obinna Anyanwu, a 6-foot-7 forward out of San Diego ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com. The weekend will include the Friday night football game against USC as well as Saturday’s exhibition basketball game against Pomona-Pitzer (1 p.m., CU Events Center).
The Buffs could have as many as four scholarships available for 2021 to replace this year’s junior class of Tyler Bey, McKinley Wright, D’Shawn Schwartz, and Maddox Daniels, though Bey and Wright are possible candidates to turn pro next spring. Dallas Walton, also a 7-footer, is a junior eligibility-wise this season but has indicated he eventually will apply for a sixth season via a medical hardship. Walton redshirted as a true freshman in 2016-17 on the heels of two torn ACLs in his left knee in high school and was sidelined last year by the same injury in his right knee.
CU already has secured a pair of in-state recruits for the 2020 class who are expected to sign letters of intent on national signing day Nov. 13 in Columbine’s Luke O’Brien and Colorado Springs guard Dominique Clifford. That duo will hit the floor next season alongside freshman point guard Keeshawn Barthelemy, who is expected to redshirt this season.
Anyanwu is ranked as the No. 77 recruit nationally by 247Sports, and according to Anyanwu’s Twitter page he has received offers from USC, Cal, TCU, Miami (Fla.), and UNLV.
According to Lovering’s Twitter posts, he has received offers from CSU, San Diego State, and Nevada. He also recently visited St. Mary’s and Santa Clara.