Big man Doryan Onwuchekwa is making a big move, signing to take his big game to Colorado and play for the Buffaloes at the next level.
The Team Trae Young alum took the stage at Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy on Thursday alongside fellow TTY prospect Isaac Williams to make his decision official.
A 6-10 center who can score from all over the floor, Doryan had offers from some big names, including Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kansas State, Xavier, TCU, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech. But he landed on the Buffs, after forming a connection with the coaching staff that was cemented with a visit early this fall.
NEWS: 2024 four-star center Doryan Onwuchekwa tells me he’s committed to Colorado.
"I chose Colorado because I felt Coach Boyle and the rest of the coaching staff can bring the best out of me."
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) September 11, 2023
Imagine being a basketball recruit at a sold out football game. And you’re in the front row on TV with two NBA vets pointing at you. How could you not commit?
Spencer Dinwiddie and Derrick White with Trent Perry, Sebastian Rancik and Doryan Onwuchekwa.
— Chase Howell (@chasehowell__) September 10, 2023
Colorado Coach Tad Boyle expressed an early interest in DO and pursued him heavily while making it clear exactly how the Buffaloes plan to use a big man with an inside-outside skillset.
“Having been at a school for 14 years now, we have the luxury of almost every kid that we recruit, we can talk about former players we’ve had that have been very successful, Boyle said. “I think with Doryan, we talked a lot about Evan Battey and how we used him not just as a low block player, but he could lead the conference in three point shooting his senior year. So really a good kid from a great family. He’s going to be a terrific Buff.”
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It helped that Colorado will be moving back to the Big 12 next year when Doryan arrives, which will have him playing several games close to his Dallas home despite being away at school.
“We’ve always recruited Texas, but I think that going back to the Big 12 was appealing to Doryan and his family to get a chance to watch him play a little more,” Boyle said. “He’s a big guy; from the time we started watching him until (now) he’s lost a significant amount of weight. He’s really done a great job trimming his body down which he needed to do. He’s still a big burly, broad shoulder, big guy that again, he is skilled as well. He can shoot the ball from behind the arc, but he can also be on the block. He’s a great passer. He’s got great hands. Doryan is a guy we’re really high on in terms of being that guy in the middle for us that can do multiple things. He’s not just one dimensional.”