It seems that all Tad Boyle and the rest of the Colorado basketball program has to do to convince a recruit to come to Boulder is for them to actually come to Boulder.
For the second time this fall, Colorado has secured a verbal commitment from a recruit just after they came to campus on an official visit. First it was Jaron Hopkins and now it’s Dustin Thomas.
Thomas is a a 6-foot-8 forward from Texarkana, Texas that just spent the weekend in Colorado but already called Boyle to inform him of his decision to verbally commit on Monday. He was also being recruited by former Big 12 foe Oklahoma but quickly decided that he could not pass up the opportunity to play with Colorado in the Pac 12.
Just like Hopkins, Thomas informed Boyle that he wanted to be a Buff as soon as he got back home from his official visit to the campus. Colorado’s 2013 recruiting class is now up to two with room for possibly one more scholarship to be awarded. Although the CU football program is struggling mightily right now it has no affect on the recruits’ decision about wanting to join the Buffs and it has no bearings on the ability for Boyle to close the deal.
Colorado first discovered Thomas on the spring AAU circuit and once they saw the big man’s ability to shoot from distance they knew they needed to recruit him hard. Last season the forward averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds, five steals and six assists per game. One of the most impressive stats for the big man was his three-point shooting percentage, which was up to 48 percent by the end of the season.
Sabatino Chen is the only senior on the roster this year but it seems that if Andre Roberson has another great season in the Pac 12 he will leave early for the NBA after this season. Roberson was lightly recruited out of high school but he has cemented himself as a star in the conference and a perennial NBA lottery pick for the 2013 Draft.
If Roberson does leave early, Thomas will help fill the void. Colorado is already very young this season with the addition of the six-man 2012 recruiting class and returning sophomores Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie.