Wyoming Cowboy Basketball Signs Colorado Player of the Year Riley Grabau

April 28, 2011


Riley Grabau, the Colorado Basketball Player of the Year for all classifications, announced on Thursday that he would play his college basketball at the University of Wyoming for head coach Larry Shyatt.  Grabau signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cowboys beginning in the fall of 2011.

"Upon accepting the job at Wyoming, Riley was the first player Scott Duncan, Jeremy Shyatt and I zeroed in on as a building block for a new era of Cowboy basketball," Shyatt said. "We couldn't be more pleased to have Riley joining our program. He embodies everything this program is about, both on and off the basketball floor.

"He has great ambition and drive to be the best basketball player that he can become, and he has a very supportive family behind him. I fully expect him to become a leader for our team because of his core values."

Riley Grabau (pronounced GRAY-bo) was selected as the Colorado Player of the Year for all classifications by the Denver Post this past season. Grabau, who attends Boulder High School, was also one of five players named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado Team for all classifications and was the Class 5A Mr. Basketball in Colorado.

A 6'2" guard, Grabau averaged 20.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.8 rebounds a game this past season. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field and over 40 percent from three-point range.

As a senior, Grabau led the Boulder Panthers to a record of 25-3 and the Colorado 5A state championship game. He was exceptional in the state tournament and was named the tournament's MVP. In the sweet 16, he scored 30 points against Mountain Vista. In the great eight, he scored 28 points in a win over Denver East. In the final four, he scored 30 points in a come-from-behind win over Highlands Ranch. In the championship game, he scored 26 points in a loss to Regis-Jesuit.

As a junior in 2009-10, Grabau was named Second Team All-State by The Denver Post.

Grabau began his high school career at Faith Christian High School, where he led his team to the Colorado 3A State Championship as both a freshman and sophomore. He was named First Team All-State in Class 3A by The Denver Post as a sophomore. He transferred to Boulder High for his junior and senior seasons. He was coached by Alan Schulz at Boulder High and Andrew Hasz at Faith Christian.