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As it turns out, Tad Boyle won’t go into the 2019-20 season with an open scholarship in his back pocket after all.

Hours before Friday night’s football kickoff between Colorado and Colorado State in the last Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver, Buffaloes basketball fans received a jolt of good news with a commitment from Keeshawn Barthelemy, a four-star guard from Ontario.

The new addition to Boyle’s program was first reported by 247Sports.com, which also stated Barthelemy is reclassifying to join the Buffs this season and is starting classes this week.

Boyle still had an open slot following the graduation of Namon Wright, the only senior from last year’s team, and Deleon Brown, who left CU after academic issues kept him sidelined most of his junior season last year. Boyle and the Buffs filled one of those slots with junior college transfer Maddox Daniels, a 6-foot-6 guard who played two seasons at Florida Southwestern State.

247Sports.com previously had Barthelemy ranked as the No. 90 overall recruit in the 2020 class, with the 6-foot-2 guard telling the site he chose Colorado “because they (recruited) me the hardest throughout the process and they had open spot for 2019 and I just took it. They fact that they develop guards really well and the campus was really beautiful.”

Boyle still had an open slot following the graduation of Namon Wright, the only senior from last year’s team, and Deleon Brown, who left CU after academic issues kept him sidelined most of his junior season last year. Boyle and the Buffs filled one of those slots with junior college transfer Maddox Daniels, a 6-foot-6 guard who played two seasons at Florida Southwestern State.

The Buffs will have at least two spots open for the 2020 recruiting class to replace 2019-20 seniors Lucas Siewert and Shane Gatling. CU already has a verbal commitment for 2020 from Columbine guard Luke O’Brien.

Barthelemy could be viewed as a possible future replacement for point guard McKinley Wright, who is going into his junior season. CU hasn’t had a native Canadian on its roster since Marc Van Burck in the 2006-07 season.

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