During his time as the head basketball coach at Colorado, Tad Boyle has taken just one transfer player.

That transfer, Carlon Brown, wound up being named the Pac-12 Tournament MVP in 2012 after leading the Buffaloes to the title.

The Buffs would love to have that same success with their next transfer. On Wednesday, CU officially announced that Josh Fortune, who left Providence after two seasons, has been added to the roster. Fortune's transfer was reported several weeks ago, but Boyle was unable to comment until Fortune was enrolled in classes.

“We had a great experience with Carlon Brown, the only transfer we have taken up to this point other than Josh,” Boyle said in a press release by the school.

Fortune is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard from Hampton, Va. He will sit out the 2014-15 season due to the NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years to play beginning in 2015-16.

“It will allow him time to grow and develop parts of his game that he needs to work on, and it will give him a year to get use to our system, what we expect and what we're all about,” Boyle said of Fortune sitting out.

When Fortune does get on the court, the Buffs will add an experienced player to the mix. Fortune started all 35 games at Providence last year, averaging 8.4 points and 2.1 assists per game.


“We're extremely excited about Josh and what he brings to our program,” Boyle said. “He's a guy who is battle tested in the Big East for two years, played a lot of minutes and played in a lot of big games. To bring a player like that into your program only helps us.”

Fortune connected on 35.0 percent of his 3-pointers (56 of 160) last season. As a team, the Buffs made just 31.8 percent of their 3s last year, so Fortune is expected to provide a lift with his perimeter scoring.

“He can shoot the ball, shoot it from deep, which is something our team needs,” Boyle said. “Three-point shooting is one of the areas we probably under-performed last year, so Josh really helps us.”

Fortune helped Providence (23-12) win the Big East Tournament last season. He averaged 14.3 points in the tournament, including a career-high 24 points in a quarterfinals win against St. John's.

By adding Fortune to the roster, the Buffs have 13 players on scholarship, which is the maximum allowed by the NCAA. Just one of those 13, guard Askia Booker, is a senior this upcoming season.

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