Shortly after the Buffaloes' 2016-17 men's basketball season concluded with an NIT first-round exit, word reached the Stampede Elite message board that guards Bryce Peters and Thomas Akyazili were likely headed to play basketball elsewhere next season. And on Wednesday, that news became official.
"Thomas is returning to his home in Belgium to pursue a professional career," head coach Tad Boyle said in a released statement. "Bryce is exploring other options away from the University of Colorado at the end of the semester."
Peters came in as the highest ranked member of Colorado's 2016 recruiting class. And at times during his true freshman campaign, the Los Angeles native showed the ability to be an impact player at the Pac-12 level. But he had a number of off-the-court issues which led to a suspension. Peters missed a total of 10 games due to disciplinary reasons.
Akyazili also showed some promise during his true freshman season, in 2015-16, especially with his ability to push the pace. But his play regressed substantially this past season. After dishing out 53 assists and scoring 123 points during his first year in Boulder, the Belgian point guard shot just 29 percent from the field and only scored 52 points as a sophomore.
It is clear Tad Boyle and his staff have anticipated this attrition, as they have been recruiting a handful of 2017 prospects for the late signing period, which begins on April 12 and extends through May 17.