With help from Scout national basketball recruiting analyst Josh Gershon and BuffStampede.com Publisher Adam Munsterteiger, we take a closer look at the three basketball recruits that are visiting Boulder this weekend:
Josh Gershon: “Schwartz is a small forward with good size who is very versatile. He's a much improved three-point shooter and athlete who can knock down shots or create for others. He has the size and quickness to play multiple positions on both sides of the court. He's a player who would be a really good piece to the puzzle in Boulder and someone the CU staff has rightfully prioritized for a long time.”
Adam Munsterteiger: “While Schwartz has shown some interest in Cal, Stanford and Butler at stages during his recruitment, at this point it would be a shocking development for him not to end up at Colorado. Schwartz has been up to Boulder countless times and no other coaching staff has come close to recruiting him as hard as the Buffs' coaches have. Schwartz is a heady, skilled player. He might not be the most explosive prospect in the 2017 class, but he can get to the rim and can defend multiple positions.”
Josh Gershon: “Battey is one of the most unique prospects in the 2017 class. He's an undersized post who may not have a true position as either a four or five on offense or defense, but he's so skilled offensively that he still has a lot of value at the Pac-12 level. Battey has a tremendous feel as a shooter, passer and rebounder. He's got really good hands and is a matchup nightmare on perimeter. The key for Battey will be getting in better shape, which would take his game to the next level.”
Adam Munsterteiger: “For a basketball prospect from California, Battey has an interesting list of suitors. He has 19 offers and Colorado is the only Pac-12 program he is giving serious consideration at this stage. Battey has also lined up an official visit with Miami and Purdue for later this month. Boston College, DePaul, TCU and Seton Hall are some other schools trying to get him in for a visit. It is hard to get a read on which way Battey is leaning at this point, but Colorado does appear to be in his top three. You could spend all day watching tape of 2017 recruits and you likely won't find another player quite like Battey. His skill set with his 6-foot-7, 280-pound frame would surely make him a fan favorite in Boulder should he choose to sign with the Buffs.”
Josh Gershon: “Bey is one of the very rare prospects who has successfully made the transition from the four to the three, even if he'll likely play both at the next level. Coming up he was an undersized four energy guy but he's now much more skilled as a shooter, ball handler and passer. While those are all areas Bey will need to continue to improve at, he has the physical tools and upside to be a very good player in Boulder if it all comes together for him.
Adam Munsterteiger: “Tad Boyle rarely goes through a meeting with the media without mentioning 'defense and rebounding.' They are the pillars of his program. So it should come as no surprise the Buffs' staff has made Bey a top priority this cycle, as he excels in both those areas. Bey already took an official visit to Wyoming and he currently has other trips lined up with Arizona State and San Diego State. The Aztecs might have led for Bey entering the summer, but the Buffaloes appear to have the edge now.”