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Pac-12 men’s basketball: Updated transfer, personnel news

Buffs set to welcome large freshman class while rivals retool rosters

BOULDER CO - Jan. 16, 2021: ...
BOULDER CO – January 16, 2021: Stanford’s Daejon Davis tries to keep the ball away from Colorado’s Jabari Walker during the CU-Stanford game in Boulder on January 16, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Next week, the Colorado men’s basketball team will reconvene in Boulder to begin the first tenuous steps toward making the new-look season of 2021-22 a successful one.

“Reconvene” is perhaps not the most apt description, given that coach Tad Boyle’s program is set to welcome five true freshmen — Quincy Allen, Julian Hammond, Lawson Lovering, Javon Ruffin, and KJ Simpson — in a recruiting class ranked 11th in the nation by 247Sports.com. The Buffaloes also are welcoming another talented newcomer, Western Carolina graduate transfer Mason Faulkner, into the mix.

With the exception of the signing of Faulkner and Simpson in April, the Buffs 2021-22 roster has been set since national signing day in November. As has become a spring tradition, however, many of the Buffs’ Pac-12 Conference rivals are continuing to assemble their rosters for next season. A look at some of the more prominent moves in recent weeks.

— Late last week, Oregon picked up a key transfer with the addition of former Syracuse forward Quincy Guerrier. A third team All-ACC selection this past season, Guerrier averaged 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting .493 for the Orangemen. Guerrier’s addition arrives on the heels of the Ducks also adding Oklahoma transfer De’Vion Harmon, the Sooners’ second-leading scorer last season, and junior college All-American Rivaldo Soares.

— While Isaiah Mobley still debates his future between the NBA draft and a return to USC, the Trojans added reinforcements by signing Memphis transfer Boogie Ellis, who has three years of eligibility remaining. Ellis averaged 10.2 points and shot .401 last year for Memphis while winning the co-Sixth Man of the Year Award in the American Athletic Conference.

— New coach Tommy Lloyd continues to reshape the roster at Arizona. In recent weeks, Lloyd landed Utah transfer Pelle Larsson as well as international recruit Adama Bal, a guard from France. Larsson averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while playing all 25 games for the Utes last season.

— Washington State turned heads by adding Eastern Washington transfer Kim Aiken, who was the defensive player of the year in the Big Sky Conference. The Cougars also received a commitment from 6-foot-11 forward Mouhamed Gueye, one of the top prospects in the 2022 class who has indicated he may reclassify to join WSU ahead of next season.

— Last week, Arizona State added former Ohio State forward Alonzo Gaffney. Gaffney played sparingly for the Buckeyes during the 2019-20 season and spent this past season at Northwest Florida State Junior College.

— Former Stanford guard Daejon Davis, a Seattle native, has transferred to Washington. UW had previously added another Seattle-area transfer in former Arizona guard Terrell Brown.

— Remy Martin may be done with Arizona State, but there is a chance the Buffs haven’t seen the last of the dynamic guard. It was announced last week that while Martin intends to remain in the NBA draft pool for the time being, if that falls through he will spend his extra season of eligibility as a graduate transfer at Kansas. The Jayhawks are set to visit CU during the nonconference schedule.