Five Seniors Conclude Memorable Wyoming Career
Game Tips at 11:40 a.m. MT in KeyArena in Seattle
Game is Rematch of 2006 Conference Championship Game
Pokes Advance to MW Title Game for Second Time in School History
Wyoming Beat Broncos on Jan. 10 in Laramie
USATSI photos of MW Tournament -- 3/13/15
NCAA Basketball: Utah State at Wyoming (USATSI)
Men's Basketball defeated Nevada, 64-58; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
USATSI photos men's basketball -- 2/7/15
Wyoming vs. Boise State
2014-15: Charles Hankerson Jr. was one of five seniors on the 2014-15 squad that helped lead Wyoming to a Mountain West tournament title and its first NCAA tournament since 2001-02. He started in 34 of UW's 35 games and averaged 6.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.6 minutes per game. He shot 39 percent from the floor and 34 percent from deep for nine double-figure scoring games. His top performance was a career-high 16 points, including five rebounds, against Utah State in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals on March 12. He also added 15 points, including a career-high five threes, versus UNI in the NCAA tournament on March 20. He notched 15 games during the season with two or more triples, while his 2.6 assists per game ranked second on the team.
2013-14: Hankerson 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.