Cowboys continue to get ready for Calgary

The Wyoming men’s basketball team practiced for the second time this week Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its exhibition trip to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, next week.

The 2.5-hour practice included some scrimmaging with referees. The Gold squad got the best of the White 28-23. The Gold consisted of mostly newcomers, other than senior forward Leonard Washington and sophomore walk-on guard Jack Bentz. Washington looked good in stretches, as did true freshmen guards Josh Adams and Jason McManamen of Torrington.

The White squad featured more veterans like senior guards Derrious Gilmore and Luke Martinez, and sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. The White was down 10-0 to start the scrimmage, but played better as the scrimmage progressed.

I like how Gilmore runs the team at the point. Adams is getting a lot of looks at the point, but he is more comfortable at the two-guard spot.

McManamen looks more comfortable at the wing, and coach Larry Shyatt told me during the scrimmage he’s been very pleased with his progress. Martinez and Nance look like guys that have been around.

This team would like to push the tempo more offensively this season, but it remains to be seen if it will be an effective way to do things. There were a lot of turnovers from both teams offensively, but again, this is a summer scrimmage.

A couple of other notes:

–UW will play three games in Canada, not four as originally scheduled. The last game on the morning of Saturday, Aug 11 was cancelled. The Cowboys play Aug. 7, 8 and 10.

–Shyatt said Washington will make the trip but likely won’t play. He’s still suspended, but has practiced and done everything expected of him this summer.

–UW’s three full-time assistant coaches will be the head coach of each of the three games in Canada. Scott Duncan will coach the first game, Allen Edwards the second and Jeremy Shyatt the third. Larry will watch from the bench.

Got a couple of stories planned for the upcoming days. See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, as well as WyoSports.net, for a story on Adams and his fast transition to the college game.

16 thoughts on “Cowboys continue to get ready for Calgary

  1. Noticed no mention of Cooke or Halderson, just not standing out much or not there? Also you think Sellers will get much time this year or his he a project for the future?

  2. Hi Robert. Thanks for the update on the team. What about Shakir Smith? Is he working at the point or as a two guard? We don’t seem to hear much about him. How do you think he is coming along? Also, it sounds like Cooke is really athletic. Do you think that he will stick out once he gets more comfortable with the system?

    • Smith has worked some at both the point and two guard. Not really sticking out, but getting some good work in. I hope Cooke really sticks out once he gets more comfortable. He is so new to the game, having played just one year of JC ball. Didn’t play in high school. Has a lot of upside, but still learning.

      RG

  3. Is Hankerson playing in scrimmages? Realize he won’t be able to go to Canada, but have good things about him

    • Yes, he’s practicing. He looks good and will make the other players better. Will help a lot next season.

      RG

  4. How are the freshmen looking so far? Do you think that any of them will have an impact this season, or are they going to have to wait until next season?

    • I think of the freshmen that Josh Adams will have the most impact, either as a back-up point guard or at the two-guard. Shyatt has been very pleased with Jason McManamen’s progress as well. Not sure how much of an impact, but he will get some chances. I think Haldorson still needs to improve, but he’s had a good summer as well.

      RG

  5. How has Josh Adams looked so far. I followed him in high school, and wanted to know how he looks, and how he’s adjusting to the college game.

  6. Robert, do you know if there is any way to watch any of the games in Canada? It woulreally be great to get a look at these young Pokes.

    • I don’t know of any way to watch them other than being there. I saw nothing online in terms of streaming or anything like that.

      RG

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