Nov. 9, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. - University of Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt announced on Wednesday, Nov. 9, that three recruits have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cowboy men's basketball team. Josh Adams of Parker, Colo., Austin Haldorson of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Jason McManamen of Torrington, Wyo., will begin their UW career during the 2012-13 academic year.
Matt Sellers of Champlin Park, Minn., was also announced as a junior college student-athlete that has signed a scholarship offer with the Cowboys. He will transfer to Wyoming this spring and have three years of eligibility beginning in the fall of 2012.
"The most significant thing about this recruiting class is the work ethic of our staff," Shyatt said. "All our coaches did a great job of evaluating and observing these four guys this summer. I'm very proud that their hard work paid dividends.
"Three of these four young men came to our camp this summer, which was extremely significant. We got off to a head start in terms of building a personal relationship with them and their families that carried over throughout the summer and fall. Each of these four have terrific attributes on and off the court. They are honor students that come from great families."
Wyoming will have two scholarships left for the late signing period in April. Below are biographies for UW's Fall 2011 signees.
Josh Adams - Guard - Parker, Colo.
One of the top point guards in the state of Colorado, Josh Adams has used his physical skills and aggressive play at 6'1" and 175 pounds to lead Chaparral High School under coach Rob Johnson.
During his junior campaign in 2010-11, Adams posted 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game to pace the Wolverines to a 15-11 record and appearance in the "Sweet 16" of the Colorado 5A State Tournament. He shot 44 percent from the field, including 34 percent behind the arc, while collecting 1.3 steals per contest. For his efforts, he was named First-Team All-Continental League.
As a sophomore, Adams was the sixth man at Chaparral, as the team went 19-5 to advance to the second round of the state tournament. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during the season.
This past summer, Adams was an AAU teammate of fellow UW signee Austin Haldorson with the Next Level under-17 Elite Team that is coached by former Duke player Marty Clark.
Adams was also recruited by Northern Colorado, Portland, Boston College, Hawai'i and South Dakota.
Shyatt on Adams: "Josh will certainly give us explosive, physical play at the point guard position. He is a competitive player that really knows how to use his size to his advantage. We'll count on Josh, along with Austin and Jason, to help us immediately next season with the loss of our current six seniors."
Austin Haldorson - Forward - Highlands Ranch, Colo.
A 6'9", 190-pound forward, Austin Haldorson will add size and talent to the 2012-13 Wyoming class. He is ranked as the seventh best prep player in Colorado by ESPN, with a Scouts Grade of 80 points out of a possible 100.
Haldorson has excelled under the guidance of coach Bob Caton at Highlands Ranch High School, as he helped guide the Falcons deep into the last two postseasons. As a junior in 2010-11, Haldorson averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game on a team that went 24-2 to advance to the "Final Four" of the Colorado 5A State Tournament. During his sophomore campaign, he contributed 3.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to help Highlands Ranch reach the "Elite Eight" with a 21-5 record.
An AAU teammate of Josh Adams, Haldorson played with the Next Level under-17 Elite Team that is coached by former Duke player Marty Clark. The team participated in tournaments in Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif., this past summer.
Haldorson is the grandson of University of Colorado All-American Burdette Haldorson, who was named to the 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympic teams. Burdette is a member of CU's Athletic Hall of Fame and his number (22) is retired.
Austin was also recruited by Nevada, Air Force, Denver, Boise State and South Dakota.
Shyatt on Haldorson: "Austin comes from a tremendous basketball family with his grandfather being an All-American and Olympian. Austin could really be a shining star for us in the future. He possesses a nice three-point shooting touch for a big man, but can also put it on the floor and really get off his feet. The challenge for Austin is going to be continuing to physically develop that strength and weight for the collegiate level."
Jason McManamen - Guard - Torrington, Wyo.
The top 2012-13 basketball prospect in the state of Wyoming, Jason McManamen has been a standout 6'6", 175-pound shooting guard for coach Jon Rakiecki at Torrington High School. He has been named All-Conference and All-State the past two seasons, while earning All-Tournament honors in 2011.
As a junior in 2010-11, McManamen averaged a team-high 16.5 points to go with 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in leading the Trailblazers to an overall record of 25-5 and third-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. He shot 49 percent from the floor during the season.
During his sophomore campaign, McManamen led the squad with 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest en route to a 3A state title and 20-8 overall record. He also collected 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 50 percent. For his efforts, he was named the Scottsbluff Star Herald Player of the Year.
With his AAU team, McManamen has been named to the Top of the Rockies All-Tournament team the past two summers.
McManamen was also recruited by Montana and Montana State.
Shyatt on McManamen: "Jason gives us some size in the backcourt that we haven't had. At 6'6" he possesses a really good shooting touch, but could also be a multi-position player on the perimeter for us. We're very proud to have what we consider one of the finest senior basketball players in the state of Wyoming joining the Cowboy program."
Matt Sellers - Center - Champlin Park, Minn.
A 6'10" center, Matt Sellers played last season for coach Trace Bevell at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Sellers will start classes at Wyoming during the spring semester, but will sit out of competition. He will have three years of eligibility beginning in the fall of 2012.
Sellers averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 2010-11 for the Mustangs, while shooting over 57 percent from the field. Western Wyoming won the Region IX title and qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament for the first time in school history. WWCC finished seventh at the event, after losing a close first game and winning its next three. In the classroom, he was named Academic All-Conference.
A native of Champlin Park, Minn., Sellers played his AAU ball with Big Game Sports, Minnesota Magic and Minnesota Fury Elite. He also trained with Jim Petersen, a former Houston Rocket and current assistant coach of the 2011 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.
Over the summer, Sellers was selected to play in the Mullen's Top 100 JUCO Showcase in St. Louis and also in the All-American JUCO Showcase All-Star game in Las Vegas.
Shyatt on Sellers: "For a relatively inexperienced college basketball player, Matt and his family embody everything we value in a member of our basketball family. He has terrific work ethic and a great value system. Because he's in the early stages of basketball development, he has a great upside for the future. His size and attitude are valuable commodities that he possesses, and we look forward to working with him as early as December."