The Scorer's Table: An Early Look at the 2013-14 MW Men's Basketball Season
This is the final installment of a series detailing developments surrounding the Mountain West's men's basketball programs since the end of the 2012-13 season. We conclude today with Wyoming.
Last Season's Record: 20-14, 4-12 MW (8th)
Key Losses: F Leonard Washington; G Derrious Gilmore; G Luke Martinez
Key Returners: F Larry Nance, Jr.; G Riley Grabau; G Josh Adams; G Nathan Sobey; F Derek Cooke, Jr.
2013-14 Signees: G Jerron Granberry; G Trey Washington; F Keonta Vernon; F Alan Herndon.
Sizing Up The Recruits: The 6-5 Granberry has one year of eligibility remaining after transferring from the University of North Florida in April. Though forced to leave the team after five games last season due to the death of his father, Granberry missed just one game his first three seasons, averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 101 starts. During his junior season in 2011-12, he became the sixth player in UNF history and the first in the program's NCAA Division I era to reach the 1,000-point mark. He is the school's all-time leader in three-point field goals made (213). Washington, a 5-11 guard from Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas, Texas, averaged a team-high 16.9 points last season while adding 3.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. He shot 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-6 Vernon arrives from Tulare Union High in Tulare, Calif., as nothing if not a stat-sheet wonder. Over the course of his final two seasons at Tulare Union, he averaged 22.0 points and an eye-popping 15.7 rebounds per game. As a senior, Vernon, who was also a standout wide receiver, averaged 24.8 points 17.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.7 blocks and 3.0 steals. The 6-8 Herndon, who was also pursued by Air Force, Colorado and Denver, averaged 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds last season at Widefield High in Colorado Springs.
Overview: The 6-8 Nance Jr. enters his junior year as the team's top returning scorer. He averaged 10.7 points last season and ranked second on the team and seventh in the MW with an average of 6.9 rebounds per game. Grabau (6.6 ppg) made 30 starts as a sophomore last season while ranking second on the team in assists. Adams (6.6 ppg) made 26 starts, while Sobey and Cooke Jr. appeared in 33 and 34 games, respectively, in 2012-13 with the 6-9 Cooke Jr. making two starts. The Cowboys will also add 6-5 guard Charles Hankerson, who sat out last season after transferring from Alabama. He averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds while playing 11 minutes per game in 30 appearances during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring in double digits three times. The key will be identifying someone to fill the rebounding void left by Leonard Washington, the league's fourth-leading rebounder last season with an average of 8.2 per game. The Cowboys ranked last in the league (-4.4) in rebounding margin a year ago.