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CU basketball notes: Buffs’ nonconference schedule in holding pattern

Recruit Tristan da Silva still sorting through international paperwork

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Colorado’s head coach, Tad Boyle, during a time out against Iona in Boulder on Dec. 29, 2019.

The nonconference schedule still is nearly complete for the Colorado men’s basketball team, and filling out the final open date is somewhat out of CU’s hands.

Still, at this point, there is little chance that schedule will be officially released until there is full confidence in the basketball season unfolding as planned.

This week, head coach Tad Boyle told BuffZone.com that the lone vacancy on the nonconference schedule remains a home date against a low-to-mid major program that will be part of the Fort Myers Tip-Off. However, even if that date becomes official in the next few weeks, Boyle said he would prefer to wait until there is a resolution to the timing of the start of the basketball season before releasing the schedule.

“Quite frankly, I’m just going to wait and see what happens,” Boyle said. “We’re hopeful and we’re planning on playing basketball games in November and December. But we also know there’s a possibility…based on football, we just don’t know. It’s just too fluid of a situation. I’m hopeful and I’m optimistic, and I do believe we’ll have basketball. We’ve got to wait and see what happens with the NBA and see what direction this thing takes.”

The Buffs have home dates scheduled against Kansas (Dec. 22), Colorado State (likely Dec. 12), and Pepperdine. CU also is set to play two games at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida on Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 — against either Wisconsin, Butler, or South Florida — and is scheduled to play TCU in the first annual Pac-12 Coast to Coast Challenge in Las Vegas on Dec. 19.

With the Pac-12 moving to a 20-game league schedule in 2020-21, the Buffs already have two confirmed conference games slated on the early ledger — Dec. 2 at Arizona and Dec. 5 at home against Washington State.

Holding pattern

The Buffs will be without incoming freshman recruit Tristan da Silva through the bulk of the summer, at least. A native of Germany who also is the younger brother of Stanford star Oscar da Silva, the typical glut of paperwork necessary to bring an international recruit to camps is an exhaustive one even under the best of circumstances. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buffs will have to display a little more patience.

“Working through the system. That’s where we’re at,” Boyle said. “It’s nothing different than before. It’s the same old deal. You’ve got to get his appointment with the German embassy. You’ve got to get his I-20 stamped and he’s got to get on a plane and get over here. We’re waiting patiently and we’re excited to have him. We also know that there’s a lot of things that are happening that are out of our control, both from Tristan’s end and our end here in the United States. He’s not here, but we hope to have him here soon and we’re excited for his arrival.”

Decision pending

As of Friday, point guard McKinley Wright IV still is officially in the NBA draft pool, though he also still is expected to return for his senior season. The deadline for remaining in the NBA draft is Aug. 3. Wright generally is not listed in any 2020 mock drafts.