May 30, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced on Wednesday the signing of Marios Matalon of Thessaloniki, Greece, to a scholarship to play for the Cowboys beginning in the 2007-08 season.
Matalon (muh-TALON) is a 6'3", 185-pound combo guard who has been a top junior player for the Greek Under 18 National team and will be competing in international competition for the Greek Under 20 National Team during the summer of 2007. He will be a freshman when he enters school at Wyoming in the fall of 2007.
Last season as a starter for the Under 18 National Team, Matalon averaged 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals per game, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
"I'm really excited about the addition of Marios to our program," said Schroyer. "He is a very talented young player, who can play both guard positions. Marios fits the style we want to play, and fits well into the program we are developing. He handles the ball well, can really shoot the three and has a high basketball IQ. He is also a great student and an outstanding young man.
"I think to add a freshman to our program with the talent and upside Marios has is a huge step in the right direction for us."
Matalon joins: fellow incoming freshmen Adam Waddell (6'9", 220-pound forward/center, Cody, Wyo.) and Afam Muojeke (6'6", 190-pound guard/forward, Jamaica Queens, N.Y.); Blinn (Texas) Community College signee Tyson Johnson (6'6", 230-pound forward, Long Island, N.Y.); and Wichita State transfer Sean Ogirri (6'2", 200-pound guard, Denver, Colo.) as members of the current UW signing class. Schroyer said that Wyoming has one remaining scholarship to give.