July 2, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Wednesday, University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced that JayDee Luster has signed a scholarship offer from the Cowboys and will transfer to UW from New Mexico State. Luster must sit out of competition during the 2008-09 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He will be eligible to compete as a redshirt sophomore during the 2009-10 season.
"We are really excited about adding a player of JayDee's caliber to the Wyoming basketball program," said Schroyer. "He is a very talented young man who will make an immediate impact. He has a very high basketball IQ, plays at a high gear and can really push the tempo as a pure point guard. He is a proven winner and has seen success everywhere he has been."
Luster is a 5'9", 165-pound point guard from San Diego, Calif. In his only season with the Aggies, Luster appeared in 27 games as a true freshman. On the year, he shot 40 percent from the field while dishing out 30 assists and recording nine steals.
Luster had a tremendous high school career at Hoover High School in San Diego, Calif., where he played for coach Ollie Goulston. At Hoover, Luster became San Diego's all-time assists and steals leader with 857 and 559, respectively. Entering his senior season, Luster had hopes of joining Jason Kidd as only the second high school player in history to score 2,000 points, dish out 1,000 assists and record 500 steals. However, Luster played in just 11 games before an injury forced him to the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Despite missing the majority of his senior season, his 559 career steals rank him third all-time nationally and second in his home state of California.
As Hoover's starting point guard for all four years of his career, Luster averaged 19.5 points, 8.8 assists, 5.8 steals and 4.3 rebounds. Prior to the injury his senior year, he was averaging 23.3 points a game, 7.7 assists and 7.1 steals.
In his time at Hoover High School, Luster received numerous career honors. He was selected as a Student Sports Magazine All-American three times, was a three-time all-state selection, was the Central League Player of the year twice and an All-Central League selection all four years of his career. As a junior, he helped lead Hoover to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Championship, the school's first in 44 years. Hoover also posted a school record 28 wins and closed the season 28-6. In his career, Hoover won two Central League Championships and appeared in the CIF finals twice.
By signing Luster to a scholarship, the Cowboys have concluded their 2008-09 recruiting class. The Cowboys inked one signee in the fall, Mahamoud Diakite, and two others this spring, A.J. Davis and Boubacar Sylla. Djibril Thiam is also included in the 2008-09 class, as he transferred to UW prior to the 2008 spring semester from Baylor.
"JayDee will have four years in our program and we are very excited that he will join Afam (Moujeke), A.J. (Davis), Adam (Waddell) and Boubacar (Sylla) in a very talented class," added Schroyer. "With the freshman and sophomore classes we have put together, we feel as though the foundation for a very bright future of Cowboy basketball has been established."