Listening to the teleconference this morning with new Head Coach Larry Shyatt, he emphasized multiple times that the most important people that he wants to meet with and take care of is the players. He understands that they've been through a lot over the last few months and their world has changed. Shyatt plans on meeting with the entire on Sunday evening when he arrives in Laramie. The days following he will meet with each player individually to go over how they would fit into his system.
Despite finishing with 20 total wins over the past two years Wyoming has solid core of players that Shyatt can use to build around. The top scorer last year was G-F Desmar Jackson who will be a junior next year. Last year he led the Cowboys with 14.6 points and 2 steals a game, at 6-5 can play three positions. He plays best when at shooting guard but can handle the ball when needed. He has played from day one and still has his redshirt.
The most improved award would have have to go F Amath M'Baye who came strong under Fred Langley. He finished the year with 12 points per game and a team high 5.7 rebounds. In the seven games under Langley he had point totals of up to 27, 24, and 21. At 6-9 210lbs he is long and athletic and was very high energy on the court. He will also be a junior year and has a redshirt year available
Three point shooting has been a weakness for Wyoming the last two years but Francisco Cruz was the one bright spot for the Pokes from behind the arc. Paco hit a team high 49 treys last season on 37% shooting. Cruz transferred in from Western Nebraska JC and his game improved as he became more familiar with the system and earned more minutes.
The best player for Wyoming may have never even played a single minute last season. Leonard Washington transferred in from USC and used his redshirt year as he sat out due to transfer rules. The 6-7 235lb forward impressed staff and media during his practices and really pushed his teammates. His post game is much stronger than that of any big man that played for Wyoming the last two years. Washington averaged six points and five rebounds in his two years at USC.
With lots of staff changes happening across the country, coaches are moving all over the place. Wyoming assistant Anthony Stewart is expected to accepted a position at Southern Illinois. Stewart has a very strong connection with Desmar Jackson whom he recruited and both have Ohio roots. There has been lots of talk that Jackson would follow Stewart to Carbondale, IL and become a Saluki.
Since Langley really got the most out of M'Baye the bond the formed could mean that he would transfer based on where Langley ends up. Shyatt could could still keep some of the sold staff but he already has two coaches set with Scott Duncan from UCLA and his son Jeremy Shyatt from North Florida.
Jackson and M'Baye are the players that are mentioned most the topic of transfers comes up but others could include Daylen Harrison, Brian Gibson and Joe Hudson who all have at least two years of eligibility left. There will still be a large senior class with Adam Waddell, Afam Muojeke, Cruz, JayDee Luster and Arthur Bouedo.
During the teleconference Shyatt made it known that is fully aware that players do switch when coaching changes are made. He wants the current Pokes to stay here and help rebuild the program with him. Waddell was also on the call and sounded very excited with the hire and the message that Shyatt expressed. Let's hope his sentiment is shared by his teammates.