Franklin Still Committed to CU

Colorado men's basketball verbal commit Stephen Franklin recently took an official visit to Boulder. The 6-5 swing player liked what he saw and is still a firm commitment.

Stephen Franklin, who averaged 18 ppg for Aurora Central as a junior last season, was on campus the weekend of Sept. 16 for an official visit. He was there the same weekend as recent CU commit Levi Knutson.

"It went good," Franklin said of his visit. "I like the atmosphere up there."

He said his commitment to the Buffs remains firm.

Aurora High head coach Bob Caton calls Franklin "a long 6-5. He can shoot. He's a great defender who does a little bit of everything for us."

Caton has coached high school basketball in Denver for over 30 years, including stints at Manual and George Washington, as well as Aurora Central. ACHS was winless four seasons ago before they hired Caton. Caton and Franklin both arrived at Aurora Central the same year, when Franklin was a freshman.

After going winless four years ago, ACHS has gone 16-8, 24-1 and, last season, 25-1. In March, Aurora Central lost in the 5A state semifinal to Cherry Creek.

To get to that semifinal game in March, Aurora Central knocked off Knutson's Arapahoe team in the third round of the playoffs. The two future teammates could face each other in the state playoffs again next spring, as both Aurora Central and Arapahoe are expected to be among a handful of teams contending for the 5A title.

Franklin played summer ball this year with the Colorado Hawks, who took part in tournaments in California, Las Vegas, Kentucky, Orlando and Texas, Franklin said.

Franklin also plays football (wide receiver and safety) for Aurora Central. He told BSN Tuesday that he wants to look into the possibility of playing both sports at CU. Franklin said, however, he hadn't spoken with either CU basketball coach Ricardo Patton or football coach Dan Hawkins about the idea.

Colorado has three verbal basketball commitments for its 2007 class, including Franklin, Knutson and Ringwood, Okla., big man Caleb Patterson.

CU has three scholarships to give for the 2007 class, but that number will rise to four if junior Richard Roby leaves for the NBA following the upcoming season.

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