Wyoming Head Basketball Coach Steve McClain Announces Two Early Signees

Nov. 30, 2001


University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain announced on Friday that twostudent-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent with the Cowboys. Supo Jegede of Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., and JerryWebb of Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyo., have both signed with Wyoming.

Supo Jegede (Pronounced: SOUP-oh, JEG-uh-dee ) is a 6-8, 205-pound forward from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo. He entershis senior season having earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior last season. Jegede averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and3.1 blocks per game as a high school junior. His Smoky Hill High School team won the Centennial League Championship with a 16-7 record andadvanced to the Sweet 16 of the Colorado 5A State Playoffs. He also was selected First Team All-Centennial League. Smoky Hill enters the2001-02 season ranked No. 2 in the Colorado Class 5A rankings. Jegede is coached by Russ McKinstry at Smoky Hill High.

Jegede is the son of Brenda and Supo Jegede Sr. He was also recruited by Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and Utah State.

"The first time I ever saw Supo (Jegede), I loved his attitude, I loved how he played the game," said McClain. "He is a young man thatwe targeted as a potential recruit during his sophomore year of high school. I think he is the type of kid who is going to get better every timehe walks on to the court. He's 6-8 now. He could by 6-9 or 6-10 by the time his college career is over. He plays in a good league, and iscoached by a good coach. I really think he has the opportunity to come in as a freshman and have an impact on our program."

Jerry Webb is a 6-5, 215-pound guard/forward, who will join his former junior-college teammate Donta Richardson on the Cowboysquad. Webb averaged 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman in the 2000-01 season at Sheridan. He averaged 19points per game in conference play. Webb was part of a Sheridan squad that posted a 26-7 record and a No. 11 national ranking in the NationalJunior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) a year ago. Sheridan also led Region IX of the NJCAA in scoring, averaging 91.7 points pergame, and won the Wyoming Conference title with a 5-1 mark.

Thus far in the 2001-02 season, Webb is averaging 21.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He scored 31 points in avictory over Southern Idaho this fall. He is coached by Brian Marso at Sheridan College.

In high school, Webb attended St. Paul Central High School in St. Paul, Minn. He earned Nike High School All-America honors, and wasa First Team All-State selection. He averaged 23 points and five rebounds per game his senior year of high school.

Webb is the son of Quincella and Robert Webb. He was also recruited by Cincinnati, DePaul, Minnesota, UNLV and Texas.

"Jerry Webb is as good a swingman as there is in junior-college basketball," said McClain. "He can play the two (shooting guardposition). He can play the three (small forward position). He's got a pro body, and is really strong and physical. Jerry is another kid that whenwe first saw him his freshman year of junior college, we knew we wanted him, and we went after him hard. He is a kid that I think will come inand push the other players in our program to be better. That is the philosophy that we've had as we've brought in new players. We wantyoung men who will make our existing players better. That is what makes your program better down the road."