June 13, 2007
Laramie, Wyo. -- University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced on Wednesday the signing of Mikhail Linskens of West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, to a scholarship to play for the Cowboys beginning in the 2007-08 season.
Linskens is a 7'0", 270-pound center, who is currently one of the top junior players in Europe. He has been selected to play on Belgium's 20 and Under National Team during the summer of 2007. This past season, despite being one of the youngest players on his club team, he averaged nine points, five rebounds and 18 minutes per game, while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
He was invited to participate in the "Basketball Without Borders" instructional camps for European junior players in both the summer of 2003 and the summer of 2004. "Basketball Without Borders" is co-sponsored by the NBA and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA). He was one of approximately 50 junior players from the ages of 15-18 invited to the summer camp by the FIBA. The junior players were selected by the FIBA based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport of basketball. Born April 21, 1987, he will be a 20-year old freshman when he enters school at Wyoming in the fall of 2007.
"We are really excited to add Mikhail to our program," said Schroyer. "He is a big kid who is very skilled. He has the ability to score in the post, and stretch defenses with his three-point range.
"Mikhail has played against excellent international competition. He has potential to be a very good player at this level. He is a highly intelligent young man, who speaks three languages, -- both of his parents are chemists. When he adjusts to the American game, he will be a presence for us over the next four years."
Linskens was also recruited by Fresno State, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's (Pa.) and Washington.
Linskens joins fellow incoming freshmen Adam Waddell (6'9", 220-pound forward/center, Cody, Wyo.); Marios Matalon (6'3", 185-pound guard, Thessaloniki, Greece); and Afam Muojeke (6'6", 190-pound guard/forward, Jamaica Queens, N.Y.) along with 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. Linskens signing completes Wyoming's 2006-07 signing class.