Coming from a small school, Zoe Correal wasn't really sure how she'd stack up against Division I college competition.

After a few weeks with her new Colorado teammates, Correal feels just fine.

"I was definitely worried about that," she said. "I feel like (working out with the Buffaloes in June) was all within my range. A few things I still need to tighten up and focus on more, but nothing I felt was too far out of my reach."

A 6-foot-4 center, Correal has great potential coming into CU. She posted 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game at Salesian High School in Richmond, California. She helped the Pride, which also featured Louisville recruit Mariya Moore, reach the state championship game last spring.

Correal could have an immediate impact on the Buffs, who lost 6-foot-4 center Rachel Hargis to graduation. Hargis was a solid defender in the paint for the Buffs. Correal, who is the tallest player on the team, certainly replaces Hargis' height, but also features more athleticism. She also, hopefully, brings a passion for defense like Hargis had.

"I feel like I bring a lot of defense," Correal said. "That's one of my main things is I like to play defense. I feel I'm going to bring a lot of intensity on defense."

The Buffs would like Correal to become a threat on offense, too. That's something CU hasn't had from the post position in a while, but Correal could change that.

The good news for Correal, though, is that the Buffs seem to be strong in the paint. With Arielle Roberson, Jen Reese, Jamee Swan, Zoe Beard-Fails and Bri Watts already established in the frontcourt, Correal could get a chance to ease into college basketball.

"Yeah, I feel like I have a lot of room to grow, because there are people I can learn from," she said. "I have a lot of room to grow, and I'm going to get there."

Whether she plays a lot as a freshman or sits, Correal is excited to be in Boulder and to develop as a player.

"I think if I work really hard I can get there," she said. "For me, I'm just mostly expecting to improve (this year) and to learn from everybody else. I'm going to work on improving and try to be a part of the team."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.