Dufault Plans To Sign Thursday

BSN has learned CU verbal commit Austin Dufault plans to sign his LOI to play at Colorado on Thursday, the second day of the early signing period. Some, including Scout.com national analyst Dave Telep, think Dufault will turn heads once he gets to Boulder.

Austin Dufault, the 6-foot-8 player from Kildeer, N.D., will sign his LOI to play for the Colorado Buffaloes on Thursday during a signing ceremony. He's one of five players expected to be part of Jeff Bzdelik's first recruiting class at CU.

Dufault blew up after a good showing at a summer tournament in Las Vegas, and garnered strong interest, especially from some Pac-10 schools. He took official visits to Arizona State, North Dakota State and Colorado (Sept. 22).

"Austin Dufault is kind of the dark horse in this class," Scout.com analyst Dave Telep said Wednesday. "He really rallied toward the end of his senior summer and became a priority for some Pac-10 programs and some schools in his area. This is a guy who's a little under the radar.

"He has a chance to exceed expectations."

Dufault has good ball skills (he plays the two and three positions for Kildeer despite being the tallest player on his team), and can shoot well from the perimeter. He appears to fit the mold of player Bzdelik covets — a player with good size who can hit jump shots.

"I like to score, but I like to do other things, too," Dufault told BSN Wednesday. "I like to rebound the ball, get some assists. I can bring it up court if I have to."

Dufault said the reason he chose Colorado was "a mix of things. They've got a very experienced coaching staff. And then the opportunity to play in the Big 12 — a very high level of competition — that's something that doesn't come around all the time. I thought I had to take that opportunity. And, I really like Boulder."


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