2014-15 Roster Features Six Seniors
6-8, 225-Pound Power Forward Led Norland High School to Three State Titles
Pokes Tie Their Own Mountain West Record by Allowing Nine Points in the Second Half
Pokes Nab First Win Over Top-Five Foe Since 1998
Pokes Seek First Win in Thomas & Mack Center Since 2003
USATSI gallery, men's basketball
Wyoming defeated Utah State, 74-57
Wyoming vs. Air Force - USATSI
Wyoming vs. San Jose State
Wyoming vs. New Mexico - USATSI
2013-14: Charles Hankerson Jr. was the first guard off the bench in Wyoming's first 27 games of 2013-14, including making a start at New Mexico on Feb. 5, before being suspended for the remainder of the season. He averaged 5.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.2 minutes per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40 percent beyond the arc. Hankerson's top performance was 10 points, six assists and three rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes against the Lobos on Feb. 5. His other double-figure scoring game was 14 points against UT Martin in the season opener on Nov. 8. He grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Jackson State on Nov. 18. Hankerson's 40 percent beyond the arc ranked second on the team. He played more than 20 minutes in nine contests.
2012-13: Hankerson sat out the 2012-13 season to fulfill NCAA rules, after transferring to Wyoming from Alabama in the summer of 2012. He helped the team during the 2012-13 season by serving on the scout team.
Before Wyoming: Hankerson came to the Cowboys after playing two seasons at Alabama under head coach Anthony Grant. Hankerson helped the Crimson Tide advance to the postseason in 2011 and 2012. He averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds while playing over 11 minutes per game in 30 appearances during the 2011-12 campaign. He scored in double digits three times during the season, including a career-high 16 points against Alabama A&M, and led UA in three-pointers four times. Hankerson made a three-pointer in nine of 13 SEC games he appeared in and scored in all but two SEC games. The Tide finished the season at 21-12 after losing to Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a freshman in 2010-11, Hankerson made five starts and 26 appearances while averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He played in eight SEC contests during the season and one tournament game. He played 14 minutes per contest during Alabama's run to the NIT title game, as the Tide finished with a 25-12 record.
Hankerson had a standout prep career for Coral Reef High School in Miami, Fla. As a senior, he averaged 31.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game to earn a four-star rating from Scout.com and was ranked the No. 26 shooting guard prospect in the nation. He was named the Miami Herald 6A-5A Player of the Year as a junior after averaging 21.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, while leading Coral Reef to its first-ever state title. Hankerson was recruited by UW head coach Larry Shyatt while he was at Florida and UW assistants Allen Edwards and Jeremy Shyatt while they were at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Personal: The son of Charles Sr. and Cheryl Hankerson, Charles Jr. was born on April 10, 1992. His father played basketball at Hampton University and is second all-time in school history with 551 assists from 1979-83. Charles Jr. is majoring in communications at Wyoming.