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Highly Rated PF Commits to Colorado Basketball

Could this be a replacement for Tyler Bey?

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Bey is off to the NBA after three great years with the Colorado Buffaloes. He was a double-double machine, and his 14 points & 9 rebounds a game will be hard to replace. More than that, his athleticism was game-changing and very rarely game-breaking for the Buffs. Tad Boyle has three open scholarships to try to reload this team. He’s off to a good start with the addition of Jabari Walker.

Walker has had a meteoric rise up the recruiting rankings, all the way up to a 4-star and the 143rd best player nationally, by 247 Sports. He is young for his grade, and he will graduate high school as a 17 year old. His top three consists of CU, Cal, and St. Mary’s, which gives you a few clues into him as a prospect. St. Mary’s only recruits skilled bigs that can contribute on offense. At 6’8 and a skinny 200 pounds, he is adequately sized for the PF position in college.

Walker may have some of Bey’s physical profile, but his game will more closely resemble Lucas Siewert, at least right away. As a prep big man, he has a very smooth shot that gets up in a hurry. His tape shows an ability to shoot from three and the mid-range, and he has a little more explosion to the rim that Siewert. His long arms allow him to be a disrupter on defense, but he will need to bulk up to succeed in 1-on-1 situations.

Welcome, Jabari!