Of Colorado State’s five seniors entering the 2014-15 season three are front court players, J.J. Avila, Marcus Holt and Stanton Kidd. Avila was one of the Mountain West’s best players last season, as he averaged 16.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest and earned third team all-conference honors, and both Holt and Kidd are expected to factor into this season’s rotation as well.
With those three approaching the end of their time in Fort Collins, head coach Larry Eustachy and his staff need to bolster the front court depth for the future. Sunday afternoon the Colorado State program received its third verbal commitment in the class in the form of 6-foot-10 center Nico Carvacho. Carvacho currently attends Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, and news of his commitment was announced via the program’s Twitter account.
Carvacho attended Frisco HS in Frisco, Texas last year, where he made the District 9-4A All-Defensive Team and was also named district co-Newcomer of the Year. According to MaxPreps, Carvacho averaged 10.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season. Carvacho joins guard Jeremiah Paige and small forward Nathan Bain as members of Colorado State’s 2015 recruiting class.
Bain actually signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Colorado State last November, but he’s spending a prep year at Sunrise Christian Academy before joining the program. Bain and Carvacho play on different teams at Sunrise Christian, with Carvacho being on the elite roster that is for player with high school eligibility remaining.
Carvacho will join a front court that will include Bain and holdovers Tiel Daniels and Toby Van Ry. Daniels, who transferred in from Southern Illinois, will be a redshirt junior this season with Van Ry being a freshman.