Knutson Verbals to Colorado

A basketball team at any level can never have enough pure shooters on its squad. The Buffs will have one in 2007-08, as Arapahoe High sharp-shooter Levi Knutson verbally committed to Colorado Sunday evening.

Levi Knutson's father, Jim Knutson, confirmed to BSN Monday morning that Levi verbally committed to Colorado Sunday evening.

"Last night he called Coach Patton and gave him the news," Jim Knutson said. "He's real excited and so are we."

Knutson chose the Buffs over offers from Air Force, Army, Navy, Montana State and a bevy of bigtime academic institutions – Boston University, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth. (Knutson carries a 4.0 GPA).

The 6-4 shooting guard visited Air Force over this past weekend. He also received an in-home visit from Iowa State coaches a week ago, who reportedly were close to offering.

But Knutson, who made an official visit to CU Sept. 16, decided to stay in state.

"They've got really good players and I think the program is heading in the right direction," Levi Knutson told BSN Monday afternoon. "It just felt like the right fit for me."

During his official visit, Knutson got the chance to play with some of the current CU players. He said the pickup game went really well.

Knutson gained attention following his performance with the Colorado Select Gold Crown team this summer in Las Vegas.

In one particular game in Vegas, Knutson displayed the outside shooting touch that college coaches love when he scored 36 points (30 in the second half) against the Las Vegas Prospects. That Prospects team included high-profile prospects Craig Brackins, P'Allen Stinnett and Andre McFarland on its roster. Knutson was 6-of-11 from 3-point range in the game.

Knutson averaged roughly 20 points a game last season as a junior at Arapahoe. Interestingly, Knutson's 8th grade Gold Crown team which feeds Arapahoe High School won the state Gold Crown title four years ago. The past two years, a high school squad made up of former state-winning 8th grade Gold Crown players (Heritage, Mullen) took the state high school title. So stay tuned.

As far as CU and the 2007 class, Knutson joins 6-5 small forward Stephen Franklin (Aurora Central) and 6-11 1/2 post Caleb Patterson (Ringwood, Okla.) as verbal commits.

The Buffs' 2007 scholarship situation is flexible. There are two seniors and an open scholarship on the current team, which likely means they'll have three to give for the 2007 class. However, if junior Richard Roby leaves for the NBA after this year, that would open another one. Also, senior Marcus Hall has been declared academically ineligible for the fall semester. If he sits out the entire year, using his redshirt season, that would affect the number available for 2007, too.


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