Colorado head basketball coach Tad Boyle added yet another four-star talent to his 2017 class when on Tuesday four-star power forward Evan Battey offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Buffaloes.
Boyle is clearly recruiting an at elite level and Battey will now join four-star small forward D’Shawn Schwartz and four-star power forward Tyler Bey in Boyle’s impressive recruiting class.
Colorado now has a 2017 top 10 class in the 247Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings w addition of Evan Battey. https://t.co/tPTQcTGXUp
— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) September 27, 2016
Battey spoke with Josh Gershon of Scout.com about why he decided to commit to Colorado. More from Scout.com:
“I’m going to Colorado,” Battey said. “I just feel like it was home. I felt at home with the players and coaching staff.
“The coaches are a bunch of good guys. Coach (Bill) Grier and (Tad) Boyle are really good dudes. They’re really genuine people and good guys.”
Battey, a 6’6”, 280-pound power forward from Villa Park, California (Villa Park High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 115 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 28th-best power forward in the country. 247Sports also regards Battey as the 11th-best basketball player in the state of Colorado.
The wide-bodied brute is a terror in the lane and also possesses deceptive athleticism that had college coaches drooling over his potential.
He chose the Buffaloes over heavy interest from Purdue, Miami, Boston College and DePaul. Battey also had offers from Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, James Madison, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego, San Jose State, Southern Utah, UAB and Utah State.
247Sports ranks Colorado’s 2017 recruiting class as the eighth-best class in the country at the moment.