LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team will begin the 2016-17 season in Torrington, Wyo., when the Cowboys host Chadron State for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday, Nov. 3. The outreach event with the NCAA Division II Eagles will be played at Eastern Wyoming College’s Petsch Activities Center.
Cowboy fans will get to welcome home Jason McManamen, a native of Torrington who enters his senior season in brown and gold as one of the top shooters in the Mountain West and the NCAA. He had a breakout season in 2015-16 during which he shot a team-high 44 percent from beyond the arc, good for first in the conference and 15th in the nation, while his 2.9 threes per game ranked second and 27th, respectively. McManamen made 92 triples for third in Wyoming single-season history, while his 124 career threes are two shy of UW’s career top 10. His 14.4 points per game last season were second on the team, as he scored 20-or-more points in four of the last eight games of the year.
“We view this as not just a chance to give back to the McManamen family, but an opportunity to give back to all our great fans in the Torrington area,” UW head coach Allen Edwards said. “We know many of them make numerous trips to the Arena-Auditorium throughout the season and we appreciate that. Being connected with our fans has also been a priority and this is our way of saying thank you to that community and that great family.”
During his prep career at Torrington High School, McManamen earned all-state and all-conference honors each of his last three seasons, while helping the Trailblazers to two state titles and a third-place finish during that stretch. As a senior in 2011-12, he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Wyoming after averaging 19.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. His parents, Mike and Amy McManamen, still reside in Torrington with his younger sister, Danielle, and younger brother, Ryan.
“It really means a lot to me to go back to Torrington where my career started and play in my hometown,” McManamen said. “I’m excited to play in front of all the people that supported me throughout my high school career and still support me. I think going back shows that no matter where you are from; if you work hard and love what you do you can accomplish anything you want.”
The game will also be the first chance for Wyoming fans to see Edwards as a head coach. He has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach under Larry Shyatt, but was promoted on March 21 when Shyatt stepped aside. Edwards has earned 12 postseason berths and 14 conference championships during his playing career at Kentucky and as an assistant coach the past 14 seasons. He also helped the Wildcats to two NCAA titles in 1996 and 1998 as a player.
Ticket information and Cowboy Joe Club pregame hospitality information for the game will be released at a later date.