Keonta Vernon waited till his birthday to announce his college decision. He held offers a number of schools including: Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Fresno State, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara. On his birthday Vernon gave the Wyoming staff a present by becoming a Cowboy.
At 6-6 210lbs is a versatile forward that projects best at the three spot for the Cowboys. Wyoming has struggled to find a natural fit at the spot in the recent recruiting classes. Vernon solves that problem, he also fits the mold that Shyatt has sought of a very athletic player that still has room to develop in college.
ESPN rates Vernon two stars with a 65 grade. He is also ranked as the 108th best forward and 48th best player in California. As a junior at Tulare Union Vernon helped lead the team to a 29-6 record including a perfect 16-0 in league play. They made it all the way to the state title game. He filled up the stat sheet with 19.1 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Shooting wise Vernon improves as he gets closer to the basket and shot 47% from the field. Still he was able to hit eight three points on 45 attempts (18%). From the charity stripe he shot 61%, three times last year hit double digits in free throw attempts.
In the summer Vernon played for the AAU team Double Pump and Run. Here are some highlights taken from this summer.
Wyoming now has two commits for the 2013 class. That would have filled the class but the recent dismissal of G Shakir Smith will open up a third spot. We'll see who the Pokes target with that scholarship. PG Brandon Rudolph has been offered by Wyoming and is still uncommitted. He seems like the top contender right now.