April 12, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With collegiate basketball's signing period in full swing, Wyoming Head Basketball Coach Heath Schroyer said he hoped to announce his newest Cowboys, "in the very near future".
Schroyer, who was selected as Wyoming's 20th head coach three weeks ago ( March 23), said that he and his coaching staff may sign as many as four new student-athletes during this signing period which began March 11, and extends through May 16.
The Cowboys already had one scholarship filled when Adam Waddell (6-9, 220, Cody, Wyo.) signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period in late November. Schroyer had three scholarships available when he accepted his new position. He awarded one of those scholarships to forward Ryan Dermody (6-8, 205, So., Loveland, Colo.), who was already in the program. That left him with two. He has since gained two additional scholarships after forward Ike Okoye (6-8, 210, Sacramento, Calif.) and guard Aaron Henson (6-6, 215, Corona, Calif.) decided to leave the program.
"We hate to see anyone leave," Schroyer said. "But with this program moving in a different direction, both Ike and Aaron decided to move on. I know everyone appreciates their contributions in the past, and wish them the very best."
Schroyer said he would like to sign at least three student-athletes during the signing period. "In the very near future we are going to add a few more pieces to our program," he said. "We are looking for guys who will fit the culture of this program, and understand our vision. I believe we have some young men coming here who will do just that.
"We have been very pleased with how our guys, currently in the program, have embraced the changes. They are thriving in the new structure, and are improving every day. Watching how they have reacted makes me excited about next season.
Dermody averaged 2.9 points per game as a redshirt freshman this past season. He played in 16 games, averaging 15 minutes per contest. He transferred to Wyoming for the spring semester of 2006 after originally walking onto the University of Colorado basketball team in the fall of 2005.
"I think Ryan has a chance to be an outstanding player in this program," Schroyer said. "He is exactly what we are looking for. . . he is a good student, and can help us win basketball games. He should have a great career over the next three years."