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Wyoming Has One Basketball Scholarship Left

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What will the Cowboys do with their final scholarship?


Coach Shyatt and his staff put most of their recruiting class together in the fall. That gave them a solid foundation of freshmen that will join the program in the fall. Their final scholarship has been held open as they try and find the right piece for next year. In losing Leonard Washington, Derrious Gilmore and Luke Martinez the Pokes are left with a roster next year that is loaded with freshmen and sophomores, some solid juniors and a lone senior.

There are variety of paths that could be taken with that last scholarship. Add another freshmen, get a junior college player or try and land a transfer from another program. There have been some visits made and also rumors of players that the Cowboys are interested in.

What we do know. High school senior Rashad Muhammad from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas visited Laramie a couple weeks ago. Muhammad is the younger brother of UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad. Rashad is a 6-4 170 shooting guard that has been rated three stars by both ESPN and Rivals. While not the elite recruit like his older brother, Rashad is still a very talented and skilled player.

At this point it seems like Muhammad is the only high school athlete the Pokes are considering at this point.

Wyoming has done well with college transfers the last couple years. Leonard Washington was a star the last two years after transferring from USC. Charles Hankerson will be eligible in the fall after transferring from Alabama. Some reports have said that he was the most talented player on the roster this year. He will certainly be counted on to help provide a scoring punch that was lost due to graduation.

One player that internet message boards have connected with Wyoming is Jerron Granberry from North Florida. The 6-5 225 lb wing was a senior this year but only played in five games and the missed the rest of his senior after his father died. Wyoming has plenty of connections to North Florida as former Cowboy assistant Matt Driscoll is the head coach and Jeremy Shyatt was on his staff. Here is a great story on Granberry and Driscoll from this year.

In 2011-12 Granberry 10.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. For his career he's averaged 10.6 and 3.2 rebounds. Jerron is a prolific three pointer shooter that has averaged .352 from the behind the arc. Unfortunately his FG% is only slightly better at .362. He's also a fantastic free throw shooter with a .812 career average. He started every game of his career for the Osprey and is the only 1000 point scorer in the schools history.

The plus side of Granberry is that he would be able to play right away. The downside is that he only has one of year of eligibility to use if the NCAA granted it to him. It would be a hardship waiver since he was dealing with the death of his father and never redshirted in college.

The Cowboys could try and land a different transfer but most would have to sit out a year. No other transfers have been linked to Wyoming at this point. The Cowboys have offered junior college players in the past but they have committed elsewhere.