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.