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Deleon Brown to leave Colorado Buffaloes basketball program

The incoming senior will not return to CU.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

There were numerous question marks surrounding the future of Deleon Brown and they have now been partially answered. On Thursday afternoon, Pat Rooney broke the news that Brown will not return to the Colorado Buffaloes.

Brown’s departure was likely, considering what transpired in the past few months. First, Brown struggled from the start of the season and it made more sense for Tad Boyle to play younger guys with more potential. He played just 9 games before he was ruled academically ineligible for the Spring semester. After the season ended, he entered the transfer portal — it didn’t mean his departure was concrete, but it seemed to confirm rumors. Now it is concrete.

Brown is an incoming senior and could possibly be a graduate transfer. It’s unclear where he may end up. (My wild, irresponsible guess is Central Michigan.) Hopefully he can be like Tre’Shaun Fletcher and dominate in a mid-major league.

It’s always bittersweet to see a player depart, but the Buffs will be fine. Colorado’s guard depth is fantastic and they’re not losing anyone from the rotation. With McKinley Wright, Shane Gatling and D’Shawn Schwartz starting, and with Daylen Kountz and Eli Parquet on the bench, it was unclear if Boyle would find any minutes for Brown. This may be a good decision for both parties.

This also means the Buffs will have another scholarship to offer, either on an incoming freshman (McKinley Wright was a similar late commit) or a graduate transfer. Depending on Dallas Walton’s health, they may need another big man to play major minutes.