Knutson Familiar With Bzdelik

If Jeff Bzdelik becomes the next men's basketball coach at Colorado, he'll have one player on his roster who's a little familiar with him. Bzdelik recruited Levi Knutson at Air Force last year.

Levi Knutson was a four-year starter for Arapahoe High School, and led his team with a 28 point scoring average as a senior. He signed a LOI with Colorado last November, but not before taking an official visit to Air Force, where he was courted by Bzdelik.

Knutson got to know the coach on his trip and came away impressed.

"He's an all-around great coach, and great guy," Knutson said. "He's down to earth, he says what he means. He's honest, easy to get along with. He doesn't feed you any false lines about how things are going to be easy."

Prior to coaching at Air Force, Bzdelik was head coach of the Denver Nuggets. He's also a longtime NBA assistant, most notably on Pat Riley's staffs.

At Air Force, Bzdelik coached a disciplined passing, cutting style of offense often referred to as the Princeton offense. The big question will be if Bzdelik would install the same system at Colorado if he were to become coach in Boulder.

Knutson, who will come to Boulder with the reputation as a skilled 3-point shooter, said he would look forward to playing in that style of offense, if that were to come to pass.

"I think I'd love that system," he said. "I liked how they ran that system at Air Force – they shot the ball well, moved the ball well, spread the floor. They were really hard to guard."

Bzdelik visited CU Monday and was offered the job. He is reportedly weighing his options Tuesday evening.

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