Granberry excited to play with best friend at UW

Granberry mugWyoming men’s basketball added the last player for its 2012-13 recruiting class Tuesday in 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard/forward Jerron Granberry out of Miami and the University of North Florida.

He has one year of eligibility with UW.

Granberry was a high school teammate of current UW guard Charles Hankerson Jr., who sat out last season after he transferred from Alabama.

Granberry said his friendship with Hankerson goes back when they were 6 years old. They played rec-league basketball, and one of his rec-league coaches was Hankerson’s father.

Granberry said having a chance to play with Hankerson his best friend was the primary reason he picked UW.

“I think me and Hank have similar games,” said Granberry Tuesday afternoon. “I think he is a better slasher than me. I think I am a better shooter and a little more athletic.

“When great players get together are on the same team, there is going to be a great connection and we fed off each other. I think our friendship made us both unselfish. I wanted to see him achieve more than I did, and I think he felt the same way.

“With us on the wing and some of the other players that are there, we are going to be an exciting team to watch. I can probably spread the court (for guys like Larry Nance Jr. and Derek Cooke Jr. inside) and get them some easy dunks.

Wyoming announced the signings of Hankerson and Granberry on the same day — April 23 — one year apart.

Granberry played only a handful of games this past season after the death of his father back in November. He averaged 10.9, 12.0 and 9.0 points per game during his previous three full seasons at North Florida.

Granberry shot between 32.7 and 39.4 percent from 3-point range his first three seasons at North Florida.

He is the first one-year transfer to come to UW since Sean Ogirri in 2008-09 season. Even then, Ogirri, who transferred from Wichita State, had to sit out a year. Granberry is UW’s first one-year transfer who can play immediately because he will have graduated with his bachelor’s degree before his eligibility is exhausted.

UW was familiar with Granberry as his coach at North Florida, Matthew Driscoll, was an assistant for Cowboys coach Larry Shyatt when he was at UW in 1997-98. Driscoll followed Shyatt to Clemson from 1998-2003.

Shyatt’s son, Jeremy, was on Driscoll’s staff at North Florida prior to joining his dad at UW two years ago.

Granberry’s father died in November, and he left North Florida after just five games to be with his family. From talking to Granberry, it seems like coming to Wyoming is a way to help him move past his father’s death.

It also gives UW some needed size along the guard line, and a solid perimeter shooter. Granberry was a 35 percent 3-point shooter at North Florida. UW shot just 32.2 percent from behind the arc this past season.

“I just see myself as a piece to the puzzle,” Granberry said.

What do you think folks, is this a good signee for UW? Give me your feedback, and answer the new poll question on this blog.

For more on this story, including comments from coach Larry Shyatt, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.

  • KC

    This sounds like a great pickup to me, how about you RG? Also, with this addition what is your prediction for a starting five next year?
    Thanks,

    KC

    • rgagliardi

      Seems like a solid get. Gives UW some experience and size along the guard line, and also a decent perimeter threat.
      Starting lineup could go a lot of ways. Could see one of Adams, Hankerson, Granberry, Nance and Cooke. Could also see a smaller lineup of Adams, Grabau, Hankerson, Granberry and Nance. Haldorson could get in there, too.

      RG