Evan Battey

California recruiting has been key to Tad Boyle's rebuild at Colorado

Colorado has seen unprecedented success in modern college basketball under Tad Boyle. One of the keys to the CU staff's success has been its recruiting in the state of California.

There is no questioning the success that Tad Boyle and staff have had in six years at Colorado.

The Buffs have been to the tournament in four of six years under Boyle, a statistic that is impressive on its own but much more so when taking a look at Colorado’s success – or lack thereof – before its current staff arrived in Boulder.

Colorado’s four NCAA tournament appearances in six years are equal to the amount of times it participated in March Madness in the 48 years prior to the Boyle era.

Coaching is going to be a big part to any successful program and that’s certainly the case right now at Colorado. But coaching is irrelevant without the necessary talent to compete at a high level and that’s where CU’s staff has really gotten the job done.

The key to Colorado’s rebuild has been recruiting in California. Moving from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 gave the Buffs the ability to successfully recruit not just in the Southwest and Midwest regions but also in California, where the team plays at least a couple times a year in its new conference.

That new recruiting territory has allowed the Buffs to build around local talent such as Josh Scott, Dominique Collier and Wesley Gordon and Texas prospects like Andre Roberson and George King.


In 2011-12, Boyle’s first NCAA tournament appearance at the school, the Buffs leading scorer – Carlon Brown – and three of its five leading scorers – Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker being the other two – were California products.

In 2012-13 the Buffs made the tournament again and its leading scorer – Dinwiddie – and three of its five leading scorers – Booker and Xavier Johnson being the other two – were California products.

In 2013-14, Colorado made the NCAA tournament again with Dinwiddie being the Buffs’ leading scorer and Booker and Johnson also being three of the top five leading scorers.

Colorado made the NCAA tournament again last season on the backs of Scott and King but the staff has clearly seen the necessity of recruiting in California and has reloaded there.

In its 2016 recruiting class, the Buffs brought in a talented scorer in the Booker mold in Bryce Peters, to go with a skilled shooter in face up post Lucas Siewert, both of which come from Southern California.

CU has hit SoCal hard again in 2017, starting off the class with Missouri transfer and Los Angeles native Namon Wright, while also picking up a pair of four-star Los Angeles area commitments in versatile post Evan Battey and athletic forward Tyler Bey.

With Colorado’s continued success in recruiting, the Buffs are set up to continue its historic run under Tad Boyle and staff.

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