A major goal for Larry Shyatt and his staff when they hit the recruiting trail was to get some help at center/power forward and at point guard. Their first two signings addressed the inside presence and today Wyoming took care of the point guard position. The Cowboys didn't sign one but in fact two point guards to provide some much needed depth at that position.
Riley Grabau from Boulder HS in Boulder, CO finally committed after a great visit two weeks ago. He visited Western Kentucky last week but ultimately decided that Laramie was the best fit for him. The 6-1 168 pound Grabau is a very fluid passer but can also light up the scoreboard. This past year he averaged 20.8 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He guided his team to a perfect 16-0 conference record and made it to the Class 5A title game.
Grabau was named Mr. Colorado for Basketball as well as Player of the Year by the Denver Post and Boulder Camera. Shyatt came for a in home visit right after he was hired and hit it off with Grabau and his family.
"I like that he's a straight-up guy," Grabau said. "He didn't promise me anything. He just told me the facts. I kind of respect that, a coach who'll tell you how it is."
This time they went the JUCO route and gained a speedy PG in Derrious Gilmore out of Jones County CC in Mississippi. As a sophomore Gilmore put 11.9 points and 6 assists per game. He is also deadly from long range as he shot 44% from behind the arc. Gilmore will come to Laramie as a junior and two years of eligibility remaining. Gilmore is just 5-9 but is also incredibly quick.
It's interesting that Wyoming doubled up at the point guard spot. Senior JayDee Luster is the lone returner, now there looks to be plenty of competition for minutes. With four new players now set to be Cowboys next fall the question on everyone's mind is - "Will they sign a fifth player?". The Pokes only appear to have four scholarships available but a fifth would be freed up if Brian Gibson does not return to Laramie after leaving school mid-semester due to personal reasons. Gibson is still listed on the current Wyoming roster on the athletic website.
If Wyoming does find that additional scholarship available then the top target appears to be SF Larry Nance from Revere HS (Ohio) who visited last weekend. Nance really enjoyed his time in Laramie and with the coaching staff. It appears that Wyoming is at the top of his list currently. Other schools he is considering include Central Michigan, Michigan and Oregon. Oregon is the lone school he has yet to visit.
Check out these highlight videos for the new members of Poke Nation! The video of Grabau is from his junior season and for Gilmore the video is during his prep career. He is the wearing #1 and sported long hair at the time.