The Colorado Buffaloes bolstered their backcourt Monday, signing junior college All-American Shane Gatling to a National Letter of Intent.
Gatling, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard, averaged 16.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Indian Hills Community College in Iowa last season, leading the Warriors to a 33-1 record.
“As I look at next year’s team, what we lost and what we need to add, Shane is a perfect fit,” Buffs coach Tad Boyle said in a news release. “He is the true combo guard we were looking for.”
Gatling tied Indian Hills’ record of 102 3-pointers made in a season — welcoming news for Colorado, which lost its top two 3-point shooters in graduating seniors George King and Dominique Collier. Gatling is also expected to help provide depth at point guard, behind freshman McKinley Wright IV.
“He’s got the ability to play the point,” Boyle said. “He’s got a very good assist-to-turnover ratio, he has great ball skills. He’s a guy that can shoot it and stretch the defense. Side-by-side, they (Gatling and Wright) can be really good together, but as we saw when McKinley went down with an ankle sprain in the Pac-12 Tournament, we fell off pretty dramatically at that point guard position.”
Gatling is the fourth member of CU’s 2018-19 signing class, joining Jakub Dombek (Czech Republic), Daylen Kountz (Denver East High School) and Elijah Parquet (West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas).