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CU Buffs basketball adds pledge from 4-star forward

Colorado’s 2021 recruiting class currently ranks No. 6 nationally

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It’s early, but coach Tad Boyle’s 2021 recruiting class has the potential to be his best yet at Colorado.

On Friday, Quincy Allen, a four-star small forward from Maret School in Washington, D.C., gave his verbal commitment to CU.

Allen joins Lawson Lovering, another four-star recruit, on CU’s commitment list. With those two on board, CU’s 2021 class currently ranks No. 6 nationally and No. 2 in the Pac-12 by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com.

“I’ve enjoyed the recruiting process and would like to thank each and every university for their time and efforts,” Allen said in a video he posted on Twitter. “However, I can only choose one. After careful consideration  and talking with my family, I’ve decided to continue my academic and athletic journey at the University of Colorado.”

Allen, listed at 6-foot-7, is ranked by Rivals.com at No. 52 among all prospects nationally and he’s rated as the top player in the D.C. area. Allen is ranked No. 57 overall by 247Sports.com. Both Rivals and 247Sports list him as a top-10 small forward in the class.

Allen is teaming up with Lovering a 7-foot center from Cheyenne who ranks No. 54 overall nationally by 247Sports and Rivals.

According to 247Sports.com rankings, Allen’s rating of 0.9802 is the second-best for a CU recruit in recent history, just behind 2012 power forward Josh Scott (0.9810). Lovering’s rating of 0.9783 ranks third.

In terms of rankings, Boyle’s  best class came in 2012. Led by Scott, Xavier Johnson and Wesley Gordon, the Buffs’ class ranked No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 17 nationally that year. CU’s No. 2017 class, which included Evan Battey, Tyler Bey, McKinley Wright and D’Shawn Schwartz, ranked No. 26 nationally by 247Sports.

CU is just getting started with the 2021 class. The Buffs have six seniors on the roster next season, although center Dallas Walton is likely to request a sixth year of eligibility because of multiple injuries. If Walton returns for 2021-22, as expected, the Buffs could add three more players to the 2021 recruiting class.