Knutson Wants to Make an Early Decision

Shooting guard Levi Knutson caught the eyes of several coaches, including CU's, this past summer when he played for the Colorado Select in tournaments in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Texas. He plans an official visit to Boulder soon, and said he wants to make a commitment prior to the high school basketball season.

"(CU coaches) were at a lot of our games during the summer, so I knew they were interested," Levi Knutson said.

The Buffs came to him with an official offer after tournament play was over, Knutson said. He also holds an offer from Air Force, and said Iowa State has been showing strong interest, and an offer from the Cyclones may be forthcoming.

Knutson, 6-4 and 190 pounds, will be a senior guard at Arapahoe High School in Littleton this season. The Warriors begin their season Nov. 30. Knutson said he wants to make a commitment to a college prior to that.

"Once I get a good feel for all the programs interested in me, then I'll make a choice at that time," he told BSN. "I don't want to wait for the season. Hopefully, I'll make a decision before the season starts."

He is scheduled to take an official visit to Boulder the weekend of Sept. 16. He has taken an unofficial visit to Air Force, and said he'll likely take official visits to AFA, plus Iowa State if they offer.

A good outside shooter with the ability to create his own shot, Knutson averaged roughly 20 points a game last season as a junior at Arapahoe. Knutson said he learned to shoot from his father, Jim, who played basketball four years at NAIA Concordia in the early 1980s.

Knutson said he didn't grow up watching Colorado basketball, but has been following them in recent seasons. He got a taste of the direction the CU program is headed by playing pickup basketball with some of the current players, including members of the touted incoming freshman class.

Asked what he liked about CU, Knutson said, "Obviously Big 12 basketball, and I really like Coach Patton." He also mentioned staying close to home is a positive.

"Just all the things put together, (CU) seems like it'd be a fun place to play," Knutson said.

The Buffs currently have one known verbal commitment for the 2007 class in 6-5 small forward Stephen Franklin (Aurora Central).

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