Battey joins CU's star-studded recruiting class

After taking three official visits, on his 18th birthday, Villa Park (Calif.) High big man Evan Battey was ready to announce his college decision.

Three for three.

Tad Boyle and his staff identified their top three recruiting targets from the Class of 2017, brought them all out to visit on the same weekend, and now all three are on the Buffs' commitment list.

Four-star big man Evan Battey announced his intention to sign with Colorado on Tuesday afternoon at his high school. He received a total of 19 scholarship offers throughout his recruitment, and also took other official visits to Purdue and Miami before picking the Buffs.

"I just feel like Colorado was home. I felt at home with the players and coaching staff," Battey said of his decision. “The coaches are a bunch of good guys. Coach (Bill) Grier and (Tad) Boyle are really good dudes. They’re really genuine people and good guys.”

With a 6-foot-7, 280-pound frame, Battey has a unique skill set.

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,” Scout basketball recruiting analyst Josh Gershon recently said in an interview with

Battey has a tremendous feel as a shooter, passer and rebounder. He's got really good hands and is a match-up nightmare on perimeter,” he added. “The key for Battey will be getting in better shape, which would take his game to the next level.”

Wing recruits Tyler Bey and D'shawn Schwartz, also both four-star prospects, verbally committed to Colorado earlier this month. All three are expected to sign their letter of intent with the Buffaloes on Nov. 9, the first day of the early signing period.

The camaraderie that Battey built with Schwartz and Bey played a big role in his decision.

“We all bonded on the visit,” Battey said. “It was important to be on campus with those guys. I think when you bond with your future teammates you get a better feel for what your college experience is going to be like.”

The four-star prospect has big expectations for himself and CU while on campus.

“I’ll play my game,” Battey said. “I’ll be wherever coach wants me to play. I’m going to try and get a double-double every game. With this recruiting class, we want to win the Pac-12.”


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