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Before Wyoming: The 6'5", 225-pound Keonta Vernon played a standout prep career under coach Mark Hatton at Tulare Union High School in Tulare, Calif. He helped guide the Redskins to a 99-20 mark during his four seasons and set the school's all-time scoring mark with more than 1,800 career points.
As a senior in 2012-13, Vernon and Tulare Union went 20-7 overall. He averaged team highs of 24.8 points, 17.1 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 3.7 blocks per game, while finishing second on the team at 3.8 assists. Vernon notched a double-double in all but one game during the season, including seven games scoring more than 30 points. He posted a season-high 37 points against Mt. Whitney on Dec. 4 to go with 21 rebounds. He was named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State after the season, including MVP of the conference.
As a junior, Vernon guided Tulare Union to a 29-6 record and the sectional title game thanks to averages of 19.0 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.6 blocks and 3.0 assists per game. He scored a season-high 29 points twice and notched more than 20 points in 18 games. He had one triple-double during the season with 18 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks en route to earning First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State honors.
During Vernon's sophomore campaign in 2010-11, he averaged a double-double with 13.2 points and 12.4 rebounds to go with 3.7 blocks and 2.3 assists per game. He helped lead the Redskins to a 26-3 mark and a berth in the state playoffs. As a freshman in 2009-10, Vernon was a part-time starter and helped Tulare Union go 24-4 with averages of 6.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
On the football field, Vernon was a dynamic wide receiver. During his senior season, he caught 36 passes for 614 yards and 11 touchdowns in seven games. He had three games with more than 120 receiving yards.
Vernon's AAU team, California Double Pump Elite, compiled a 44-2 record in his last two seasons.
Personal: The son of Anyka Harris, Keonta was born on Oct. 24, 1994, in Tulare, Calif. He has two brothers, Jontell and Frederick, and two sisters, Unique and Anisha. Keonta has not declared a major at Wyoming. He was also recruited by Fresno State, Northern Arizona, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara.