Nov. 30, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain announced on Thursday the signing of Adam Waddell of Cody, Wyo., to a national letter of intent. Waddell signed to play for the Cowboys beginning in the fall of 2007.
Adam Waddell is a 6'9", 220-pound forward/center, who is currently a senior at Cody High School in Cody, Wyo. He averaged 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game his junior year at Cody High. Waddell led the 4A North Conference in rebounding (8.5 rpg), blocked shots (2.6 bspg) and field-goal percentage (64.2 percent, making 120 of 187 field-goal attempts) and ranked third in scoring (14.0 ppg) as a junior. He also earned All-North Conference honors last season. Three times during his junior year, he pulled down a season high 13 rebounds -- against Glendive, Mont.; Lovell, Wyo.; and Natrona County High School of Casper, Wyo. He blocked a season best seven shots versus Lovell High School. His best shooting performance of his junior season was an 84.6 percent shooting night against Worland High School. Waddell also helped the Cody defense rank No. 2 in the North Conference in team defense, allowing opponents an average of only 49.9 points per game.
His signing with the Cowboys was a natural one, as both his mother and father were student-athletes at UW. His mother Lori (Kline) Waddell still ranks seventh on the Cowgirl Basketball all-time scoring list. She scored 1,521 career points from the 1978-79 season through the 1982-83 campaign. His father Tim Waddell was a three-year letterman as an offensive lineman on the Cowboy Football team from 1977-79.
The younger Waddell is coached in high school by Jay McCarten.
In addition to basketball, he also placed sixth in the discus at the 2006 Wyoming 4A State Track and Field Championships, with a throw of 148' 5". His Cody High track team placed fifth at the state championships.
Waddell was also recruited by Boise State, Montana and Weber State.
"Adam is a young man who we've been following from his freshman and sophomore years of high school in Wyoming," said McClain. "He had an opportunity to go out this summer and play on an AAU team in a tournament in Las Vegas. Seeing how he performed against other top high school players added to our feeling that he could be a good Division I prospect. And finally after watching him play for four straight days in our team camp last summer, there was no question in my mind that he was a young man who could come right in and challenge to play a lot as a freshman. Adam is very athletic. He reminds me a little bit of Josh Davis coming out of high school."
Waddell is the one early signee for the Cowboys this year. The next national letter of intent signing period for basketball will begin after the season on April 11, 2007, and will run until May 16.