New Colorado men`s basketball coach Tad Boyle might be close to landing his first recruit at the school, but there is a catch with this catch. The player in question won`t be eligible for a year.

Carlon Brown is transferring from Utah after three years with the Utes and he is deciding between Colorado, Kent State or possibly entering the NBA draft. If he remains at the college level, he will have to sit out next season under NCAA rules.

Brown, a 6-foot-5 guard, said going pro is the least likely option for him right now. He must withdraw his name from draft consideration by May 8.

Brown visited Kent State last week and was in Boulder checking out CU earlier this week. He said he hopes to make a decision soon, but has no official timetable in mind.

"It went pretty well," Brown said of his visit to CU. "The coaching staff was good and so are the players. It was a good experience. I`m glad I got to make that visit and see what Colorado had to offer, and I`ve got a tough decision to make."

Brown was the Utes` leading scorer last season, averaging 12.6 points in 20 minutes a game. He came off the bench in all but 12 contests after starting throughout his first two seasons in the program. Brown is engaged to a fellow Utah student and says his fiance will play a big part in helping him decide his future. Brown says she has one year of school remaining and will finish her degree at Utah.


Boyle has four scholarships to offer this spring and is in need of at least one big man to help rebound and defend in the paint, but adding a veteran through a transfer makes sense for the program. Brown can add leadership in practices and would be a solid replacement in a year for Cory Higgins, who will graduate next year.

"I can be used at different positions at any time," he said. "I think I can play offensively one through three, I think I can guard one through three. I can bring the ball up. I can shoot. I can pass. I can make plays for teammates. I can finish well at the rim, and I think I can bring some leadership and experience to either team.

"I think I`ve got a lot of attributes I can bring to a team and help build a culture or help sustain one."