Despite giving football a try, Conway with high praise of new UW hoops coach

Two questions came to mind when Wyoming basketball player Austin Conway decided to give football a try were:

Austin Conway

Austin Conway

Is Conway still on the basketball team after being one of five players cited for drug use by police prior to the Mountain West Tournament? All five were suspended for the rest of the season?

Was his decision based on coach Larry Shyatt stepping down and the hiring Shyatt assistant Allen Edwards?

“Not at all,” said Conway during a recent interview.

I will have more on Conway’s decision to give football a shot in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and the story also will be posted at wyosports.net.

Allen Edwards

Allen Edwards

Edwards was hired on March 21. He’s been on the job for two weeks, and spend a lot of last week at the Final Four in Houston, where most college coaches gather.

In fact, Conway had high praise for Edwards and his promotion to lead the Cowboys’ basketball program.

“When I was being recruited by Wyoming, (current assistant coach) Jeremy Shyatt and coach Edwards were the two guys I could talk to, besides coach Larry,” Conway said. “Coach Edwards is a great guy. He’s very enthusiatic about the program. He has high energy and a high motor, and he demands that out of his players.

“I’ve always been excited going to practice to talk to coach Edwards. Anytime I was talking to him, I was fired up. If coach Edwards could fire up one guy, he could fire up the entire team. There’s been no let off. He said we’re going to hit the weight room, the class room and prepare for next season. If I am on the basketball team next season and speaking on that behalf, coach Edwards is a guy you want to play for.”

I am supposed to talk with Edwards later this week, so look for and update on how his first couple of weeks on the job are going in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and at wyosports.net.

16 thoughts on “Despite giving football a try, Conway with high praise of new UW hoops coach

    • A ball-handler who can score. But someone to play the point and handle the ball is a must if there is just the one scholarship left to fill. Always a chance there could be more, but no word as of now if there will be more than the one.

      RG

    • No news yet, but hoping to learn more after I talk to Edwards on Tuesday.

      RG

  1. Any chance (or any talk) that Cory Calvert, Josh Adams’ backcourt mate at Chaparral HS, might end up at UW? He left the BYU program last December and would have 2 years of eligibility left.

    • I talked with coach Edwards today. He can’t talk about specific recruits, but I do know that they are looking at JC and/or Division I transfers as of now. Not to say they won’t look at high school kids, but I believe they are looking for more experience. Calvert could be a candidate.

      RG

  2. Robert, outside the Conway situation, is coach Edwards still expecting every player to return to the team for next season?

    • When I talked to him today (Tuesday) he said everyone else is planning on coming back as of now, and didn’t say anyone was considering leaving at this point. Doesn’t mean no one else will go, but a decent sign as of now.

      RG

    • They think a lot of Lieberman, but they need more help there with Washington gone and Conway’s future with the team uncertain.

      RG

      • He’s a true 1 that has played a 2 essentially since Adams brought the ball up and the offence ran through him. Jeremy will be a classy point but obviously he doesn’t have the height/strength nor athleticism to be much more than a playmaker. Problem is Mac is a great shooter but he benefited from the Adams opposing team attention. Now he draws that attention. Can he create his own shot? Somewhat doubtful.

        • I don’t think JMac’s strength is to create his own shot, but he did a good job as the season progressed driving to the basket and creating stuff that way. But to your point, that’s not the strength of his game and something he will need to work on. However, that still means UW needs another guard to help in those areas.
          Thanks for the comment and interest, John.

          RG

          • I’ve known Jeremy since he was a kid in Malibu. So naturally I have been following Wyoming bb since he arrived. Can’t wait to see Adams at the next level. After what we saw this past year, it’s not outrageous to say he’s a poor man’s Russell Westbrook. His athleticism is definitely eye popping!

          • Jeremy is a great kid and I thought really improved this past season. I know he works hard at his game and I look forward to the next steps and progress in his UW career.
            Thanks for the comments and interest, John. I really appreciate it.

            RG

    • Anytime, John. Always enjoy interacting with readers and UW fans.

      RG

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