Wyoming basketball coaches will entertain former Baylor Bear and Texas prep star Nolan Dennis this weekend. According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports Dennis is interested in the Cowboys as well as fellow Mountain West school TCU. In February Dennis left Baylor due to a medical issue. There was no official diagnosis provided by the school but it may have been an inner ear issue that caused balance and diziness issues.
In his two years at Baylor Dennis averaged 2.3 points in 8.4 minutes. Coming out of Richland HS he was regarded as one of the top players in the nation and originally signed with Memphis after averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds. ESPN rated him as the 44th best prospect overall and 12th best shooting guard. At 6-5 180 he possesses great size and quickness and earned some lofty comparisons.
December, 2008: Nolan is a tremendous slasher that is tough to guard. He shoots it well enough to keep defenders honest. In Calipari's system where his guards are continuously trying to get a piece of the paint on the drive he fits that system perfect. And with his size and length he is tough to defend. He is lengthy athlete. Nolan's game and body draws many similarities to former Memphis All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts. Memphis does a great job at recruiting guys that fit their penetrating system. Nolan is a player and showed very well at Glaxo. He puts pressure on you at both ends of the floor with his attacking mentality on offense and his pestering defense.
If Nolan did enroll at Wyoming there isn't a clear sense of when he would be eligible to play for the Cowboys. He did leave for a medical issue which hopefully he has gotten over. Typically the NCAA does not make players with medical issues sit out an entire year. He still has a redshirt year he could burn if needed. If he is 100% it certainly seems like Dennis would be a great pickup for the Pokes.
A shooting guard is certainly needed for this team. The fact that he is a junior would also help provide some veteran leadership in 2012 when the Pokes lose five seniors.