University of Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards added three players to the 2017-18 roster on Wednesday with the signings of Anthony Mack, Hunter Maldonado and Pine Bluffs native Hunter Thompson.
“We are excited about this recruiting class,” Edwards said. “To be able to get the quality of players that we were able to get is very impressive. All three of these young men have great a great work ethic. I have to complement our staff in identifying players that fit what this program is trying to do moving forward.”
Mack, a 6-6, 218-pound guard plays for Joe Mantengna at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. Mack was a 3-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. He ranks as the 51st shooting guard in this year’s recruiting class. He received offers from Villanova, Memphis, Georgia, Missouri and Saint Louis among others.
During his junior season at Blair Academy, Mack averaged 12 points per game to go along with five rebounds per contest. He is one of four players from Blair Academy to sign with NCAA Division I teams. Mack plays AAU basketball for the South Jersey Jazz coach by former NBA player and ESPN analyst Tim Legler.
“He has a great mindset and vision for what he wants to become as a basketball player,” Edwards said. “He has a tremendous work ethic to go along with great size. Anthony can shoot the ball and handle it very well. His tremendous athleticism will allow him to play with anyone in our league.”
Maldonado, a 6-6, 185-pound guard plays for head coach Joe Hites at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. Maldonado was named a two-star recruit by ESPN and was one of the top ranked recruits in the state of Colorado.
He had an outstanding junior season leading Vista Ridge to the semifinals in the 4A State Tournament. He scored 29 points with 11 rebounds in a quarterfinals upset against top-seeded Lewis-Palmer High School. He scored 37 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the semifinals.
Maldonado averaged 22.6 points per game as a junior and added 6.9 rebounds and two steals per game. He earned First Team All-State last season. During his sophomore campaign, He averaged 18 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. He has 1,194 career points at the varsity level.
“We identified Hunter early in the recruiting process and moved aggressively on him,” Edwards said. “He fits what we want to create here at Wyoming. He gives us another big guard that can really handle the ball and can also shoot the ball as well as defend.”
Thompson, a 6-10, 225-pound forward played for head coach Will Gray at Pine Bluffs High School. He was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star recruit from Rivals and 247 Sports. This past summer Thompson along with some of the nation’s top recruits participated in the National Basketball Players Association's Top 100 Camp. He also received offers from Colorado and Creighton among others.
As a junior, Thompson averaged a double-double with 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He also was solid on the defensive end of the floor averaging 3.2 blocks per game, which led the state. He led the Pine Bluffs Hornets to the Wyoming Class 2A state championship.
He was named the 2016 Male Prep Athlete of the year by Cheyenne Tribune Eagle. He was also named the 2014-15 Casper Star Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
“When you have a kid of his stature in this state and being to keep him home is a wonderful thing for this basketball program,” Edwards said. “He has a very unique skill set with his size and ability and will help this program moving forward.”
The trio will join redshirts Nyaires Redding and Brodricks Jones as eligible players to the 2017-18 Cowboy basketball team.