Ewing back in Laramie with NBA as top goal

Former Wyoming men’s basketball guard Brandon Ewing (2006-09) was shooting some jump shots with current UW player Charles Hankerson Jr. prior to the Cowboys’ quarterfinals game of the CBI with Western Michigan Monday at the Arena-Auditorium.

Here is the video link: http://youtu.be/6nQ_Ty97CqE

Ewing is UW’s record-holder in career 3-pointers made (193) and 3-point attempts (594). He also is second in in scoring (2,168 points) and assists (471). Ewing just completed his fourth season on professional basketball. He was overseas in Switzerland and Greece.

Ewing said he moved back to Laramie recently to get his body healthy and train in Laramie’s 7,220-foot altitude for a shot to land with an NBA team next season.

“I am going all out for the NBA,” he said. “I will be here throughout the summer. Hopefully (this UW team) will win the CBI, but whenever they get back on the court and in the weight room I will be with those guys.”

Ewing said he dealt with hip and groin injuries this season.

Ewing also has spent time in Isreal, and also with the NBA’s Developmental League here in this country.

“I want my family to see me play, I want you guys (in Wyoming) to see me play and I expressed that to my agent so it is going to be NBA or nothing this year.”

Ewing added he is hoping to land a spot with a NBA team next season while he works on getting his body healthy.

“I want to be 100 percent so I can help an NBA team instead of just being on the team,” he said.

Ewing didn’t say which specific NBA teams have contacted his agent, but said the number was around five.

Ewing’s last game at UW was in the CBI when the Cowboys lost at home to Northeastern 64-62 in 2009.

“I told some of the guys to don’t go out like I went out and my team went out,” he said. “Don’t lose on your home court in the CBI.”

As far as this year’s CBI, if UW beats Western Michigan it should know who and where it plays in the semifinals by the end of the game — if not sooner. The tournament is re-bracketed after tonight’s quarterfinals.

An ideal scenario for UW to host a semifinal game would be in Purdue and Wright State both win their games tonight because those two schools are an easy bus ride from each other. That would leave UW to possibly host between George Mason and Houston. Those two teams play at George Mason.

For more on the game, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.