UW hoops gets verbal from 6-10 center

Matt Sellers, a 6-foot-10 center from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, verbally committed to play for the University of Wyoming and will enroll in school in January.

Sellers, who is from Champlin Park, Minn., let Western Wyoming coach Trace Bevell of his decision last week. Sellers will have three years of eligibility at UW, and is expected to redshirt during the 2011-12 season for the Cowboys.

“He has good potential, but has a ways to go to meet that potential, but you can’t coach size,” Bevell said. “He’ll have to get used to that level.

“He’s got decent hands and a nice hook shot. He’s a to-the-rim player. He’s not explosive to get over the rim. He’s strictly a back-to-the-basket five man who has a nice touch from 15 to18 feet.

“To play at that level he’s going to have to get better, more aggressive, in better shape. Just really improve.”

Sellers averaged 6.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 57.6 percent from the field last season forWestern Wyoming, which won the Region IX title and finished seventh at the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking to the media about recruits until they’ve signed their national letters of intent. However, Bevell said Sellers won’t go on scholarship at UW immediately.

The Cowboys’ roster for this season consists of six seniors, six freshmen and three juniors.

Other verbal commitments for the Cowboys include: 6-foot guard Josh Adams from Parker,Colo.; 6-4 wing Jason McManamen of Torrington and 6-9 forward Austin Haldorson of Highlands Ranch,Colo.