Wednesday was the first day basketball players could sign with schools as part of the early signing period. These two young stars wasted no time in making sure they would be heading to Laramie next year to play for Coach Shyatt.
Both had committed to Wyoming long ago but now they are officially Cowboys.
Keonta Vernon is a versatile 6-6 215lb forward from Tulare Union HS in California. With his signing the Pokes finally found a versatile foward who is perfect for playing the 3 spot. Several of the players that Shyatt has signed since returning to Laramie have been athletes who needed some additional time to grow and develop in order reach their potential. They were projected to develop towards the latter half of their college careers. Vernon comes in with the potential to make an impact early next year.
As a junior in 2011-12, Vernon guided Tulare Union to the state title game thanks to averages of 19.0 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.6 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. He scored a season-high 29 points twice and notched more than 20 points in 18 games. He had one triple-double during the season with 18 points, 11 blocks and 20 rebounds, en route to earning First Team All-Conference honors.
Herndon (6'8 175) was the first player to commit to Wyoming this year. The Colorado Springs native is a very lean and athletic player. He is also selfless and a very big team player. His scoring isn't very high at 9.9 points because he is a team player that is looking to help more with rebounding (7.4) and blocks (2.3). We'll see if he becomes more aggressive his senior year when it comes to scoring.
Shyatt breaks another great set of analogies when talking about Herndon. Coach Shyatt called Larry Nance Jr. a mantis when he signed, Herndon is a piece of spaghetti.
"Alan is a lean young man that I call a piece of spaghetti right now, but he is going to be a very good pasta. He has got great skills on the court and comes from a great basketball family background. He's got all the intangibles you look for, except Mother Nature has not taken her course yet physically so he is thin. He's got great hands, great instincts and he is also from an excellent family with a sound academic background. He's got the total package and will become a valuable asset these next four years."
The Pokes may be gaining a third signee very shortly. GoWyoGo did an interview with PG Trey Washington from Woodrow Wilson HS (TX) and he said that he had committed to Wyoming already. Washington will visit Laramie over the next week and then plans to sign his letter of intent.