Shane Harris-Tunks, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound center was recently singled out by Boyle as a player who would be a key facet of this season's team because of the improvement he had made in the offseason.
The loss will be difficult to overcome for a team lacking depth.
"I am extremely disappointed for Shane," Boyle said in a press release from the school. "He has worked so hard putting himself in position to be a positive contributor on this team. He gained 25 pounds in the offseason and without a doubt was the team's best ball-screen defender. On the bright side, Shane has three years remaining. He will learn from the bench and continue to develop from the sideline."
Harris-Tunks from Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, averaged 11.7 minutes playing in 28 games as a freshman, but but didn't contribute a lot statistically.
Coaches expected that to change this year.
"This stuff happens, it's sports," Harris-Tunks said in the press release. "The good thing is, I have three years remaining and it's an opportunity to get better and keep moving forward."
The Buffs begin the season two weeks from today at home against Idaho State.