The off season is off to a rough start for Wyoming basketball team. The school just announced the indefinite suspension of forward Leonard Washington. Washington will be a senior in 2012 and led the Cowboys in points, rebounds and blocks this last season.
Here is the statement from the University:
Laramie, Wyo. (April 4, 2012) – University of Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt announced Wednesday that redshirt junior forward Leonard Washington has been suspended from the Cowboy basketball team indefinitely.
"We have certain expectations and standards that members of our program must meet," Shyatt said. "At this time, Leonard has not met those expectations and standards."
A Second Team All-Mountain West selection, Washington averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks in 32 starts for the Cowboys last season. He ranked in the Top 10 of six MW statistical categories, including leading the conference in blocks (1.0) and field goal percentage (56.0). He scored in double figures in 22 games and notched six double-doubles.
Shyatt said the UW coaching staff and players would have no further comment on the subject.
Washington transferred to Wyoming from USC and sat out the 2010-11 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He had some issues on and off the court at USC but there have been no signs of trouble in Laramie up until today. By all accounts Washington had been enjoying being in a small town environment and had adjusted well to everything at Wyoming.
Coach Shyatt has always spoken about wanting his athletes to do the right things and holds them to a very high standard. Obviously the season doesn't start till October but the Cowboys are also planning a summer trip to Canada to play in a tournament. I hope that whatever occurred is not a large issue that involves any legal problems. Hopefully this can get resolved rather quickly. Losing Washington would have a huge impact on the Cowboys 2012-13 season.
We'll keep you posted on any developments on this story.