CU in Spangler's final four

Oklahoma power forward lines up visits. Find out when and where he will be inside.

Boulder's beauty could play a big role in choosing a college for Ryan Spangler.

The 6-8, 215-pound power forward has named four finalists for his skills and they are: Colorado, TCU, Gonzaga and Tulsa.

This is how Spangler broke down each school.

"Gonzaga, they are always good," he said. "You can never go wrong going there. Colorado, heard it's real pretty up there and want to check out. TCU, I know basketball is turning around. Tulsa, they get 25 wins every year and is closer to home, but that doesn't really bother me."

Colorado also shouldn't bother him. Spangler said he enjoys snow skiing and has taken a few family vacations to the Rockies to ski at some of Colorado's famous slopes.

Talking with head coach Tad Boyle and assistant Mike Rohn at least once a week has shown Spangler some other benefits of Colorado.

"They are going to the Pac-10, a good conference," Spangler said. "They like to run the ball like I do."

Spangler will have the chance to see how much the Buffs run the ball on Sept. 18 when he visits the campus on an official visit. The visit to CU will be in the middle of a busy month for Spangler that also includes visits to Tulsa (Sept. 11), Gonzaga (Sept. 25) and TCU (Oct. 2).

"Get it done. Get it done early," he said about the consecutive visits.

Having those visits back to back to back to back, Spangler hopes he'll be able to make his decision after his visit to Forth Worth, Texas.

Right now the Bulldogs are the top dogs for Spangler, who also plays football for Bridge Creek High School in Blanchard, Okla.

"I know Gonzaga is on top right now because they are always good," he said. "I want to see other schools too because I've never had a chance to see them. Look at all the facilities and make decision from there."

After making his decision, Spangler hopes to take his team to the state title game, a hurdle that Bridge Creek couldn't jump the past few years.

"We keep getting the short end of it, … losing the round right before," he said.

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