Patton Rounds Out 2004 Class

With the end of the late signing period today, the Colorado men's basketball team officially announced the final two signees for its 2004 class -- <b>Lamont Arrington</b> and <b>Julius Ashby</b>. In total, Colorado will have eight new faces on the floor next season.

Arrington (7-0, 215-pounds) is a forward/center from Detroit, who played last season at Schoolcraft College in Michigan. Ashby is a 6-9, 220- pound forward/center from Trinidad and Tobago, who played at Marshalltown C.C. (Iowa) last year.

"We're excited to have Lamont and Julius joining our program for the next two years," head coach Ricardo Patton said. "They bring experience at their respective positions and both did a nice job at their junior colleges. Lamont and Julius give us the size we need."

But they are only two of eight new players who will suit up and be expected to pick up the slack for four departed starters — David Harrison, Lamar Harris, Michel Morandais and Blair Wilson. The eight newcomers — two of whom practiced with the Buffs as transfers last season — will join five returning scholarship players.

Here's a look at the new faces.

Lamont Arrington, 7'0", 215, Forward/Center, Detroit, Mich. (Schoolcraft College [Mich.]. Junior transfer redshirted in 2002-03 after playing as a freshman at NAIA St. Mary's in 2001-2002. He was a semi-finalist in the USCAA 2001-2002 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Slam Dunk contest. Arrington needs to add bulk and improve on the offensive end, but his size and defensive ability makes him intriguing. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.0 boards per game and was named All-Region 12 First Team last season. Originally committed to Houston, but changed after Houston coach left.

Julius Ashby, 6'9", 220, Forward/Center, Trinidad & Tobago/Marshalltown Community College (Iowa). Junior transfer led Marshalltown with 14 points, 7 rebounds and four blocks per game last season. Turned down offer to Indiana to play at CU. Played 5 at C.C., but will probably play 4 at CU. Can really run the floor.

Martane Freeman, 6'6", 185, Forward, Kansas City, Mo./Penn Valley Community Junior College (Kansas City). Another junior transfer, he averaged 15.2 points, 4.7 assists, six rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots as a freshman. A slasher who should come in and compete immediately at the wing.

Marcus King-Stockton, 6'9", 226, Forward, Denver, Colo. (Colorado Academy). Another 6-9 player, who will battle for time at the 4, and possibly the 5. King-Stockton averaged 23 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots as a junior.

Michel Lasme, 5'11", 185, guard, Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Burlington [N.J.] Life Center Academy). Junior-transfer from the University of Massachusetts practiced with the team while sitting out mandatory transfer year. Can score, and will play point. Expected to start in 2004-05.

Andy Osborn, 6'9", 225, Forward, Longmont, Colo. Transferred to Colorado from Loyola Marymount prior to last season and sat our (redshirted) mandatory transfer year. Osborn will be granted a scholarship beginning in the fall of 2004 and will have two to play two. Smooth player with good offensive skills. Can hit from the outside and run the floor.

Richard Roby, 6'6", 190, Guard, San Bernardino, Calif. (Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass.). Named Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year for last season when he averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists, while leading the Spartans to the ISL title and a runner-up finish in the NEPSAC Class C finals. He's rated the No. 98 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. Should be a major contributor right away as true freshman.

Keith Smith, 6'7, 220, Forward, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City). Redshirted last season as a true freshman at CU. Hasn't played in a game since his junior year of high school – a botched foot surgery kept him out of action his senior year. Muscular forward who will need to work on his offensive skills.


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