Fans Encouraged to Wear Gold to Gold Out the Arena-Auditorium
Former Cowboy a Member of 10-Man U.S. All-Star Team
Five Wyoming Seniors Played in Their Final Game
Tip Set for 8 p.m. MT on Monday in Beasley Coliseum
UW Advances to CBI Quarterfinals at Washington State
A video tour of the facility upgrades for Wyoming men's basketball with Cowboy Adam Waddell.
Washington State vs. Wyoming
Wyoming vs. No. 20 UNLV - AP Photo Gallery
Wyoming vs. UNLV (AP - 3/3/12)
Wyoming vs. TCU
Arthur Bouedo Scores Team-High 11 Points Off Bench.
2011-12: Waddell capped his Wyoming career with a stellar senior season in 2011-12. He averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per contest and was one of two Cowboys to start all 33 games. His 1.0 blocks ranked fourth in the MW, while his 72.4 free throw percentage was eighth. His 54.1 percent from the field was second on the team. He scored in double figures in 16 games during the season, including his best performance of 17 points, five rebounds and a block against Colorado on Dec. 9. He earned MW Player of the Week for his efforts. He tied his career high in blocks twice during the season with four against New Mexico and UNLV. Other notable performances during the season for him included 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks at TCU on Feb. 1 and a career-high 42 minutes of action at No. 24/25 San Diego State on Feb. 22. Waddell finished his career seventh on UW's all-time games played list at 124 appearances and 16th on UW's starts list with 77. He blocked 93 shots during his UW career for ninth in Cowboy history.
2010-11: As a junior, Waddell was a major contributor to the Cowboys despite battling some injuries. He missed eight games early in the season due to tendinitis in his Achilles. He also played much of the year with a stress reaction in his foot. In all, he played 23 games, including the final 17 games of the season. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks a game. His best game of the season came in the Cowboys' win over New Mexico on Jan. 8. In that game, he recorded season highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. He blocked a career-high four shots against Utah on Jan. 15. He scored his 500th career point against New Mexico on Jan. 8, reaching the milestone through his first 76 career games.
2009-10: Despite spending much of his sophomore season hampered by injuries, Waddell was a crucial part of the Cowboy lineup. On the year, he averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks a game. He scored in double figures 13 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds three times. He recorded a pair of double-doubles--vs. Utah (Jan. 27) and at Colorado State (Feb. 6). His 5.4 rebounds per game was the 10th best average in the MW and his 0.8 blocks a game also ranked No. 10. He played in 29 games and was UW's starting center in 17 of those games, including 15 of the last 16 games of the season.
Waddell's best game of the season came in the Cowboys 75-69 home win over Utah on Jan. 27. Not only did he record his first career double-double with 13 points and 22 rebounds, he matched the MW's all-time single-game rebounding record. He joined Colorado State's Jason Smith (2-24-07 vs. Wyoming) and UNLV's Louis Amundson (12-12-04 vs. Auburn) as the conference's single-game rebounding record holder. Those 22 rebounds are the second most in a single game in Arena-Auditorium history and match the sixth most in Wyoming history. It also marked the first time a Cowboy had 20 rebounds in a game since Justin Williams had 20 against Charlotte on Nov. 15, 2005.
Waddell's best scoring game of the season came as the Cowboys opened MW play against Colorado State on Jan. 6. In the game he scored a career high 18 points. His second career double-double came against the Rams, as he scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Fort Collins on Feb. 6.
After stringing three solid games together in the 2009 World Vision Challenge in the AA, Waddell was named to the Challenge's All-Tournament team. In the tournament, he scored 39 points and pulled down 19 rebounds.
Waddell had to battle soreness in his right knee throughout the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage prior to the season. He underwent surgery on Oct. 28 and returned to the lineup three weeks to the day later on Nov. 18. Waddell then sprained his left ankle against Utah on Jan. 27 and battled soreness and a bone bruise in the ankle for the remainder of the season. He scored in double figures 11 times before the ankle injury and just twice after the injury. Despite his injuries, he played through pain and missed just two games.
2008-09: Waddell was Wyoming's starting center for the final 21 games of the season and for 23 of UW's final 24 games. On the season, he averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.64 blocks per game. His 21 blocked shots gave him the ninth best average in the MW. In UW's win over Texas State, Waddell scored a career high 16 points, pulled down a then career high eight rebounds, and had a career high two steals. He pulled down a career high 10 rebounds at Boise State. In the First Round of the College Basketball Invitational, Waddell had one of his best games of the season, scoring 11 points and pulling down seven rebounds. He handed out a career high four assists in UW's home win over TCU on Feb. 21. In UW's loss at TCU, Waddell scored a conference career high 10 points. He matched that total with 10 points in UW's win over UNLV on Feb. 18.
With just under 15 minutes remaining in that CBI game against Northeastern, Waddell had a steal and following his fast break dunk, flipped backwards off of the rim. That highlight gave Waddell a great deal of media exposure. Waddell traveled to New York City and was a live guest on "The Today Show" on NBC. He also did national phone interviews on ESPN's "First Take" and Fox News' morning show "Fox and Friends".
2007-08: Waddell played in the first six games of the 2007-08 season before suffering a stress fracture to his left foot. He sat out the remainder of the season and was granted a medical hardship ruling from the NCAA to get his freshman season back. In his first six games of the season, Waddell averaged 4.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 11.7 minutes a game. He scored a then career best 12 points in a 75-71 road win at Lamar. Waddell's best rebounding game prior to his injury came against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, when he pulled down six rebounds.
Before Wyoming: As a senior at Cody High School in Cody, Wyo., he earned All-State and All-North Conference honors. He led the state in rebounding in Class 4A, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game (3.1 offensive rebounds per game and 6.4 defensive boards per game). He ranked second in the state in blocked shots (2.1 blocks per game), and was fourth in the state in field-goal percentage (61.6 percent). He also ranked second in the North Conference in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game. His season highs included a 35-point game versus Lyman, Wyo., and a 15-rebound performance against Kelly Walsh High School of Casper, Wyo. His senior season he played in 23 games, scored 414 total points, pulled down 218 rebounds (70 offensive and 148 defensive), blocked 49 shots and shot 61.6 percent from the field (making 167 of 271 field-goal attempts). He also averaged 0.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
As a junior, he averaged 14.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game 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. He played for head basketball coach Jay McCarten at Cody High.
Personal: Born on Christmas Eve 1988, 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 eighth on the Cowgirl Basketball all-time scoring list. She scored 1,521 career points from the 1978-79 season through the 1982-83 campaign. Her freshman team was inducted to the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2008. His father, Tim Waddell, was a three-year letterman as an offensive lineman on the Cowboy Football team from 1977-79. He was also recruited by Boise State, Montana and UC-Irvine. He is majoring in communications.