Oct. 8, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowboy basketball fans can get a sneak preview of the 2008-09 men's basketball team this Saturday as the team will host a workout, that is free of charge and open to the public, prior to the Wyoming-Utah homecoming football game. The workout will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Arena-Auditorium and will feature team drills as well as a scrimmage.
"This is a great opportunity for our fans to get an early glimpse of our team," said UW head coach Heath Schroyer. "We have some new faces this season and I think it will be nice for our fans to get to know each one and to see them in action. This will also be an intimate event as the fans will have a chance to visit with the guys afterwards."
The Cowboys welcome back three starters and four letterwinners from last season. Led by three-time All-Mountain West Conference senior Brandon Ewing, the Pokes also welcome back starters Ryan Dermody and Mikhail Linskens. Dermody started 29 games as a sophomore and was Wyoming's third leading scorer with 9.3 points per game. Linskens started 15 games as a true freshman while averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds a game. The Cowboys also welcome back senior Tyson Johnson, who started 11 games last season and averaged 9.8 points a game during the conference season.
This season, the Cowboy lineup will feature seven newcomers as well as three redshirts who sat out last year. Redshirt senior Sean Ogirri, who sat out last year after transferring from Wichita State, looks to be a main component in the Cowboy backcourt. Redshirt freshmen Afam Muojeke and Adam Waddell will see their first full season with the Cowboys after redshirting last year. The Cowboy newcomers include junior Mahamoud Diakite, sophomores JayDee Luster, Boubacar Sylla and Djibril Thiam as well as freshmen Arthur Bouedo, A.J. Davis and Galand Thaxton.
Through NCAA rules, teams are allowed eight hours of workout time a week during the preseason and two of those hours can be used on skill work with the entire team. The Cowboys will be using one of their allotted hours for Saturday's workout.
The Cowboys will begin their regular season practice schedule on Friday, October 17. They will host one exhibition game against the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, November 8. The regular season will begin on Friday, November 14 as the Pokes host Cal State Baskersfield.