Colorado Signs Three to NLI's

    
November 12th, 2008

BOULDER - University of Colorado men's basketball head coach Jeff Bzdelik announced Wednesday that Alec Burks, Keegan Hornbuckle, and Shane Harris-Tunks have officially signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education beginning in the 2009-10 academic year.

"With the signing of these three young men, once again we have taken a major step toward creating the vision for this program," Bzdelik said. "All three are highly skilled, highly intelligent and play with a competitive spirit."

Burks is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Grandview, Mo., is a skilled left-handed player who is capable of playing point-guard and will fit CU's system because of his ability to shoot from distance and slash to the basket.

He committed to CU over Kansas State.

"Alec has the potential to be a 6-5 point-guard because of his athleticism and passing ability," Bzdelik said.  "Not only is he an excellent shooter, he has great vision."

Burks earned first-team all-Suburban Mix Six League honors as a junior after averaging 19.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Rivals.com lists Burks as the No. 31st point-guard in the class of 2009.

Hornbuckle is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Los Angeles, Calif. He is a smooth shooter with deep three-point range and the ability to finish above the rim in transition. Hornbuckle helped Campbell Hall High to a 31-5 record as a junior in 2007. He is rated as the No. 34 small forward/shooting guard by Scout.com.

Hornbuckle selected CU over Arizona and Arizona State.

"Keegan is a long, skilled and athletic perimeter player that fits our system," Bzdelik said.

Harris-Tunks is a 6-foot-11 center/forward from Sydney, Australia, will join current CU freshman guard Nate Tomlinson, who also hails from Sydney. Harris-Tunks is the third recruit to sign with the Buffaloes, selected CU over Vanderbilt and Gonzaga.

"Shane comes to us with an abundance of international experience," Bzdelik said. "He is a wide-big body who will provide us with a defensive post presence, defensive rebounding and shot blocking. From an offensive standpoint, he gives us a physical presence who can also pass and shoot the ball from the perimeter."

Harris-Tunks spent the last year and a half at the Australian Institute of Sport, a prestigious academy that has college like demands both athletically and academically.