April 13, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming headbasketball coach Steve McClain announced on Thursday the signing of ScottieVines from the College of Eastern Utah to a national letter-of-intent.
Vines is 6-2 and 185 pounds and averaged 15.6 points and 6.2rebounds per game for the 1999-2000 season. He shot 48 percent from thefield and 38 percent from the three-point arc. Vines played two years forhead coach Bryan Zollinger at the College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah.
"Scottie is a great athlete, who will remind our fans a lot ofAnthony Blakes," said McClain. "With his athleticism, particularly hisjumping ability, I see Scottie coming in and challenging at the three-spot.He is a slasher offensively, much like Anthony was. Scottie has the kindsof athletic skills that will make him a perfect fit in our up-tempo style."
Originally from Alexander City, Ala., Vines averaged 26.4 points and6.0 rebounds his senior season at Benjamin Russell High School in AlexanderCity where he played for head coach Paul Carney. An outstanding three-sportathlete in high school, Vines was a seven-foot high jumper on the track andfield team, and was recruited by Florida State in football as a widereceiver.
He is the son of Jeannie and Lucious Vines. Vines was alsorecruited by Kansas State and Texas A&M coming out of junior college.
Vines is the first spring signee for Wyoming. He joins three highschool student-athletes who signed with the Wyoming Basketball programduring the early signing period in November of 1999. Those three earlysignees were: Alex Dunn, a 6-10, 220-pound forward-center from Sioux Rapids,Iowa, Joe Ries, a 6-8, 230-pound power forward from St. Louis, Mo., andDavid Rottinghaus, a 6-5, 185-pound guard-forward from Charles City, Iowa.