Mar 15, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guards Ben Eblen (10) and Charles Hankerson Jr. (2) at the practise before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
On April 11th Coach Shyatt said he knew what type of players they were looking for to fill the two remaining scholarships. He wanted an athletic forward that may be a junior college player and also to land a quality transfer who could have an impact in 2013. Turns out there are two recruits that fit those exact roles visiting Laramie this weekend.
Bob Hammond posted on his twitter the two recruits that will meeting with the Cowboys this weekend.
UW BKB visits this weekend coming from Alabama transfer guard Charles Hankerson Jr., and Cloud County (Kan.) forward Derek Cooke.— Bob Hammond (@BobHammond1) April 13, 2012
Both are intriguing prospects that could fill a role for the Cowboys.
Charles Hankerson Jr. is leaving Alabama in search of more playing time. He has expressed interest in getting closer to home and the University of Miami appears to be in the lead. Hankerson is a 6-5 210lb wing that was one of the top shooting guards in the 2010 recruiting class. He was rated 4 Stars by both Scout and ESPN rating services. Scout had him rated as the 24th best SG and 100 best overall player that year. Obviously Wyoming is much further away from Miami but the Cowboys may offer significant more playing time. Hankerson has only averaged 11 minutes in his first two years at Alabama. He would redshirt next season and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
Derek Cooke from Cloud County CC in Kansas is more of a raw talent. Cooke is a very athletic 6-9 190 forward that only started playing basketball after high school. He originally played football and is still working on his skill set on the court. He used his redshirt in 2010-11 and then played this year where averaged 6 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He shot 55% from the field but only 42% on free throws. His defense and rebounding are certainly ahead of his offense which is typical for someone who has only played for a couple years. He would have three years of eligibility left at Wyoming.
Here is video that shows some of the athleticism that Cooke possesses. His main highlights are at the beginning and he also has a great dunk at the very end of the video.
Bradley is also recruiting Cooke though he hasn't set an official visit yet. SF Billydee Williams from Florida is still considering Wyoming and will look to visit later this month.