A Swedish shooting guard will join the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team next season. Alex Aka Gorski was given a scholarship by Wyoming. He's expected to provide an offensive boost to the team right away. Head Coach Larry Shyatt calls him the kind of deep shooter that UW needs in order to compete in the Mountain West Conference.
“He’s mature, he left home as a 9th grader and went to Stockholm to play at the highest level in his country," Shyatt says. "He’s been extremely well coached, he knows how to play off the dribble as well as within the game.”
The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named The University of Wyoming’s Leonard Washington to the All-District 17 Second Team.
This is the second year in a row that Washington was named to the squad. The senior helped lead the Pokes to a 20-14 record and a berth in the College Basketball Invitational. He averaged of 12 and a half points and just over eight rebounds a game. Washington’s 12 double-doubles ranked second in the Mountain West during the regular season.
NABC member coaches vote on the award and honored 242 student athletes this year.
Wyoming Cowboy’s Men’s Basketball beat Nevada 85-81 in the first round of the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas last night.
Although the Pokes were down by four in the first half, they made a strong showing in the second, at one point holding a double-digit lead. Sophomore forward Larry Nance led the Cowboys with 19 points.
Wyoming now advances to the quarterfinals where they’ll face number-one seed, New Mexico, at 7:30 tonight.
While the Wyoming Cowboys Basketball team did not get invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament, players say they are still happy to be playing in the College Basketball Invitational. Head Coach Larry Shyatt says the key is that the team gets to keep playing and getting better. Wyoming center Adam Waddell says it’s nice to play in the postseason.
Former Cowboys Basketball star and three-time All American Kenny Sailors of Laramie will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri this fall.
Sailors, who is now 91, is the second Cowboy to join. His first college-level coach, Everett Shelton, was inducted in 2006.
“Ev was the greatest coach I’ve ever played for, and I’ve played for about 25, 26 coaches,” Sailor said. “He had a real knowledge of the science and tactics of the game of basketball that I frankly don’t think a lot of coaches have today.”