I talked to first-year Wyoming men’s basketball coach Allen Edwards for about 15 minutes earlier this week about the Cowboys’ trip to the Bahamas Aug. 8-13. In case you missed the story on that, here’s the link: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/mens_basketball/uw-men-s-hoops-looks-to-benefit-from-trip-to/article_7c93ab8a-5ac7-11e6-89a0-73d6349d4122.html
When I asked Edwards if any individuals stood out during summer workouts, or the practices leading up to the Bahamas trip, he said he could give positives on just about every player. However, one player Edwards liked was redshirt freshman forward Andrew Moemeka. Edwards didn’t say a lot about Moemeka, but he did say he has “made progress” from his redshirt year and has given UW “a nice presence in the paint.”
Senior guard Jason McManamen and junior forward Alan Herndon both were redshirted by UW, and now they are two of UW’s best players heading into the season. Redshirt years benefitted them, and they’ve noticed a difference so far in Moemeka this summer coming off his redshirt year.
“Moe has stood out,” Herndon said. “He’s tall (6-8) and athletic. He’s worked on his game a lot during the redshirt year, just like I did. That was an important year for him last year.”
A few other player notes from Edwards: he said senior guard Morris Marshall has benefitted from the way UW wants to play with Edwards now as coach — faster and ore up-tempo. … Edwards on McManamen: “Jason’s been Jason, and that’s a plus for us.” McManamen is UW’s top returning scorer at 14.1 points per game.
Edwards also said he feels UW can play up to nine guys consistently this season.
One of those players may or may not be true freshman wing Austin Mueller. The 6-6 Mueller is an impressive looking athlete who runs the floor well for his size. Edwards said he is going through the typical things true freshmen do at this point of their early careers — adjusting to the speed of the game and catching up in learning UW’s system.
Weight — or lack there of — has been an issue for Herndon since he arrived at UW. The 6-9 Herndon was listed at 210 last year, and he told me he got up to as much as 215 at one point. Earlier this week, Herndon said he was 220 and he looked good.
“The next step is to get to 225 and then go from there,” Herndon said with a laugh.
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