Mar 15, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant and guard 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
Coach Shyatt always talks about creating a family environment for his team. He also wants to bring in quality athletes who are a good fit for the Pokes. Looks like the Shyatt connections have paid off again with their latest signing. Wyoming announced today that Charles Hankerson Jr. has signed with the Cowboys and will be transferring from Alabama.
Hankerson will enroll in May to start classes and get a feel for the campus. He will need to sit out one year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and then have two years of eligibility remaining. Hankerson Jr. visited Laramie this weekend and fell in love with the staff, the campus and the fans. He felt a great connection with Coach Shyatt who recruited him while he was in Florida. Jeremy Shyatt and Allan Edwards also recruited Junior while they were coaching at VCU. Having a relationship with all three coaches was a big plus.
In his two seasons at Alabama, Junior averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11 minutes. Listed at 6-5 210lbs he was one of the top shooting guards in high school. Hankerson was rated 4 stars by Scout after averaging 31 points and 11.3 rebounds as a senior at Coral Reef High School in Miami.
On the teleconference Junior said that reports that he was favoring the University of Miami were false. His recruiting was very open and he wanted to explore his options and find the best opportunity for him. He was respectful and thanked Coach Grant and the staff at Alabama.
Charles Hankerson Sr was also on the call and he spoke very highly of his relationship with Coach Shyatt. He still felt a bond from they first met several years ago. He loved that Shyatt was so sincere and honest.
Expect for Junior to take on a leadership role for the Cowboys. He won't be able to play right away but he will working very hard once he enrolls. Then in 2013 he can take over on the wing for Luke Martinez who will be graduating.
Very exciting to see the Cowboys land a quality transfer that they sought. The staff has worked hard to try and get a recruit from Florida and it finally paid off. They have just one scholarship remaining and will be looking to fill that with an athletic forward.