We officially have a new member of the Wyoming Cowboy basketball program. With national signing day here the school announced the signing of 6-3 SG Nathan Sobey a junior college transfer from Cochise College in Arizona. Sobey is a Warrnambool, Australia. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. Going with a junior college player helps balance out the roster that is loaded with younger guards.
"Nathan gives us everything we were looking for in one of our open perimeter positions, so we’re really excited to have him join the Cowboy basketball family," Shyatt said. "With the losses of JayDee Luster and Francisco Cruz, this position was our most imperative to fill. We couldn’t be happier with the young man who we spent the most time with in the country."
This season Sobey averaged 16.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game to help Cochise go 25-6 overall and earn its sixth conference title. The Apaches were ranked 16th in the NJCAA Division I national poll before falling in the semifinals of the Region I tournament. Sobey earned First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region honors while shooting 48 percent (181-of-380) from the field and 32 percent (37-of-117) beyond the arc during the season.
During the press conference this morning Coach Shyatt praised the work ethic of Sobey. He is a very energetic and mature player that gives a great effort on both sides of the court.
Even though the Cowboys only signed one player today Shyatt did give some insight into what they had planned with their two remaining scholarships. They want to add another interior player after the loss of Tyrone Marshall. Then with their final scholarship they are hoping to land a quality transfer that could make a big impact when he is eligible. He mentioned there were a couple athletes visiting campus this weekend but is not able to mention any names due to NCAA recruiting restrictions.
Coach Shyatt was asked about the status of Leonard Washington but he didn't have any comment.