Canadian Big Man Expected to Sign With CU

CU basketball coach Ricardo Patton made no secret of his goal to sign a post player with one of his team's remaining scholarships. It appears after 6-10 center Marc Van Burck visited Boulder this past weekend, Patton will get his big man.

Asked if it was Marc Van Burck's intention to sign with Colorado, Luther College High School basektball coach Drew Hunter said, "It looks that way, yeah.

"Marc did have a visit down there and I think it went really well. It sounds like they liked him," Hunter said.

Van Burck is currently in Texas competing with the Canada Junior National team, trying to make the team's final cut, Hunter said. Van Burck played three years of senior basketball (equivelant to varsity in the states) at Luther. Hunter said Van Burck "is about 6-10" and weighs around 230 pounds.

"He's got a soft touch, shoots the ball pretty well from the perimeter and pretty well from the free throw line," Hunter said. "He's got pretty good instincts for blocking shots on defense and staying on his feet.

"He's a young kid as far as his basketball experience. But he's been on our provincial team the past two years and on the Junior National team (for players 18 and under)."

Van Burck is from a small Canadian town, Star City, in Saskatchewan, with a population of roughly 500 people. But he has attended Luther, three hours from his hometown, in Regina, SK.

Hunter said Regina, a city of just over 100,000, sends a player to a Division I school about once every four or five years.

Hunter said Van Burck averaged between four and five blocks, close to 10 rebounds and 20 points for Luther last season.

The Rocky Mountain News reported last week that the CU basketball program expected to sign 6-6 shooting guard Daniel Brown to a scholarship. A CU official confirmed that Brown is expected to enroll in the school's second summer session.

CU has nine scholarships to give for the 2006-07 season — eight from graduating players and one from transfer Calvin Williams, who left after this past season. Colorado signed seven players during the early LOI signing period.

If sophomore Richard Roby opts to stay in the NBA Draft, that would open a 10th scholarship. Roby has until June 18 to finalize his decision.

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