Veal Pulls The Trigger

Savannah forward Toby Veal was in Boulder last weekend on an official visit. Thursday evening, Veal made a decision about whether or not to head to the Rocky Mountains after high school.

Toby Veal, the 6-7 forward at Johnson High in Savannah, Ga., has verbally committed to play at Colorado.

Veal had taken officials to Auburn, Colorado and Colorado State. He also had heavy interest from Florida State, LSU, Oregon State, Minnesota, UNLV and Alabama, according to his AAU coach Curtis Wheeler.

"The major factor was Coach Bzdelik's time in the NBA," Wheeler told BSN. "Every kid wants to play in the NBA, so Toby decided to go play for the coach that he believed could develop him into an NBA player."

Veal also enjoyed the Rocky Mountains on his trips to the state of Colorado, and wanted to play under the shadow of the Flatirons.

Wheeler said CU assistant Charles Baker was influential in recruiting Veal.

"Colorado came to Savannah during the live period to visit Toby when he was injured with a stress fracture he picked up a the Vince Carter Skills Academy," Wheeler said.

Veal averaged 19 points and 12 boards a game as a junior at Johnson.

Along with guard Javonte Clanton, Veal is the second player who committed to CU after visiting last weekend, where they took in the Colorado football win over Oklahoma. They join Cherry Creek big man Trey Eckloff as members of Jeff Bzdelik's 2008 recruiting class. IThe Buffs have two more scholarships to give in the class.

The early signing period is Nov. 14-21.

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