As the Colorado student body was graduating or fleeing for summer break, Tad Boyle and his staff began putting the full-court press on some coveted post players as the clock winds down on the spring signing period.
Ben Mills made a visit to Boulder on Thursday. The 7-foot-1 center from Hartland, Wisc., had originally signed with Boise State last November but was granted his release by the school and relaunched his search after the Broncos made a coaching change following the 2009-10 season.
"It wasn't bad," Mills, who conducted a brief interview with the Camera while traveling home on Friday, said of his CU experience.
On Friday night, Rivals. listed Mills as a "solid verbal" commit to CU.
That would certainly be some more welcome news for the Buffs, a talented team in need of some help in the paint. During Jeff Bzdelik's third and final season, CU finished last in the Big 12 in rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage defense.
Mills averaged 17.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as a senior at Arrowhead High School. The list of schools interesting in signing him includes Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Oregon State.
"Ben is an exceptional young man that can run the floor and play multiple posi-tions," former Boise State head coach Greg Graham said after signing Mills last fall. "He has grown over a foot and gained over 40 pounds in the last three years, so the potential for him to get bigger, stronger and more mature as a player is something we are looking forward to developing."
CU is also expected to bring David Hahn in for a visit this weekend. The 7-footer played on the same AAU team in Texas as Andre Roberson, the 6-8 forward who signed a letter-of-intent on Monday to play for the Buffs.
Carlon Brown, a Utah transfer, will also join the CU program next season and will be eligible to play in 2011-12.
Boyle -- whose best recruiting job was convincing Alec Burks, the Big 12`s freshman of the year, to remain a Buff -- has two scholarships available. The spring signing period ends May 19.
Just before Bzdelik left for Wake Forest, Guy-Marc Michel, a 7-1 center from North Idaho College, visited CU. On Friday, Michel signed with Indiana, where former CU associate coach Steve McClain is an assistant to Tom Crean.