Pokes Advance to MW Title Game for Second Time in School History
Nance Notches Second-Straight 20-Point Game
Wyoming Records 10th Mountain West Win, Most Since 11 in 2001-02
Wyoming Seeks 20th Win on the Season
Jason McManamen Ties Career High with 10 Points
Men's Basketball defeated Nevada, 64-58; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
USATSI photos men's basketball -- 2/7/15
Wyoming vs. Boise State
Men's Basketball, USATSI gallery -- 11/1614
2014-15: Jason McManamen (pronounced mick-MAN-ah-men) was Wyoming's sixth man during the 2014-15 season, as he was one of three Cowboys to play in all 35 games and made four starts. He averaged 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.8 minutes per game, while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 34 percent beyond the arc. His top performance was a career-high 11 points at Nevada on Feb. 17. He also reached double figures with 10 points at Air Force on Feb. 7. McManamen grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Montana State on Dec. 23 and hit a career-high three threes at Nevada on Feb. 17. He had two of the more memorable plays of the season as he hit game-clinching threes at Colorado State and against Boise State in overtime in the Mountain West tournament semifinals. He played more than 20 minutes in 12 games during the season. He was a valuable reserve that helped lead Wyoming to a Mountain West tournament title and its first NCAA tournament since 2001-02.
2013-14: McManamen redshirted the 2013-14 season and did not play in a game, but did help the Cowboys by serving on the scout team.
2012-13: McManamen made 19 appearances for Wyoming during the 2012-13 season, including making his first career start at Boise State on Feb. 9. His top performance was a career-high 10 points at CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 6, as he went 3-of-3 from the field in a career-high 22 minutes of action. McManamen played in double-figure minutes in six games during the season, including 10 against South Dakota on Nov. 15 when he scored his first career points. He finished the season with 30 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. In the classroom, he was named to the MW Academic-All Conference team.
Before Wyoming: An in-state product of Torrington, McManamen was the top 2012-13 basketball prospect in Wyoming after a standout prep career for coach Adrian Gross at Class 3A Torrington High School. McManamen earned All-State and All-Conference honors his last three seasons, while helping guide the Trailblazers to two state titles and a third-place finish during that stretch.
During his senior season in 2011-12, McManamen was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Wyoming and the Panhandle Prep Player of the Year after averaging 19.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He shot 49 percent from the floor, including 34 percent from deep, as Torrington won the state title at 23-5 overall.
As a junior, McManamen averaged a team-high 16.5 points to go with 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in leading the Trailblazers to an overall record of 25-5 and third-place finish in the state. He shot 49 percent from the floor during the season.
During his sophomore campaign, McManamen led the squad with 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest en route to a state title and 20-8 overall record. He also collected 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 50 percent. For his efforts, he was named the Scottsbluff Star Herald Player of the Year.
With his AAU team, McManamen was named to the Top of the Rockies All-Tournament team the summer after his sophomore and junior seasons.
In the classroom, McManamen was on the Honor Roll all four years and was a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: The son of Mike and Amy McManamen, Jason was born on May 8, 1994, in Powell, Wyo. He has one sister, Daniel, and one brother, Ryan. Jason is majoring in business administration at Wyoming. He was also recruited by Montana, Montana State and Northern Colorado.