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Princeton transfer Ethan Wright, four-star forward Bobi Klintman joining CU Buffs men’s basketball

Head coach Tad Boyle completes spring shopping list

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Jabari Walker still has a momentous decision to make that will impact the 2022-23 Colorado men’s basketball team.

That piece of the puzzle aside, next season’s roster is set.

One month after the 2021-22 season ended with a home loss against St. Bonaventure in the first round of the NIT, head coach Tad Boyle on Thursday put the finishing touches on the spring recruiting cycle by adding four-star forward Bobi Klintman and Princeton graduate transfer Ethan Wright to the mix.

Boyle previously told BuffZone the Buffs were targeting a forward and a graduate transfer with the two scholarships available this spring, and the signing of Klintman and Wright fills those two needs.

Considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports, Klintman is a 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward from Sweden, though he spent this past season at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kansas. Klintman will join a 2022 freshman class already set to include four-star forward Joe Hurlburt and 6-foot-4 wing RJ Smith.

Klintman originally was committed to play for Boyle’s longtime friend Mark Turgeon at Maryland,  but reopened his recruitment after Turgeon resigned in December. Klintman is ranked as the No. 143 overall prospect in the nation by 247Sports.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, brings a much-needed dose of experience to a roster that likely will not feature another senior, barring the addition of another grad transfer if Walker opts to leave.

Wright started all 30 games this past season at Princeton, earning second team All-Ivy League honors after averaging 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds, which ranked fourth in the conference. Wright shot .500 overall and .395 from 3-point range (70-for-177).

Despite not playing during the 2020-21 season (the Ivy League abstained from competition the entire academic year due to COVID), Wright played in 75 games overall with 52 starts over four seasons with the Tigers. The only current CU players who have played more than 47 games are Walker (59) and Tristan da Silva (55).

Given the two bigger guards that figure to be in the mix to back up Nique Clifford at the two guard — Smith and redshirt freshman Javon Ruffin, who was injured in 2021-22 — have not yet played a single Division I game, Wright’s experience fills a void on Boyle’s roster.

In order to take advantage of the extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA for the ’20-21 COVID year, Wright had to transfer, as the Ivy League does not allow graduates to compete. The move also presumably brings some financial relief to Wright and his family, as the Ivy League does not award athletic scholarships.

Walker has until June 1 to potentially withdraw from the NBA draft pool and return to CU, and players have until May 1 to enter the transfer portal while retaining their eligibility for next season. So while the Buffs may not be done scouting potential additions for next season, Boyle and his staff’s hands will be somewhat tied until Walker finalizes his decision.

The addition of a graduate transfer leaves the Buffs with at least one spot for a 2023 freshman.

“You’re always recruiting. It’s just now you have to recruit with a lot of transparency because it’s going to take a special situation,” Boyle said. “It puts you in an awkward position, but that’s the nature of the beast right now.”

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