September 5, 2011
Torrington Native Verbals UW Basketball
The Cowboys received a commitment from Torrington, Wyoming product Jason McManamen on Monday following his visit to Laramie over the weekend during the Weber State versus Wyoming football game.
McManamen is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who'll be only the fifth Wyoming high school player in fifteen years to receive a scholarship from the UW basketball program. Cheyenne's Marcus Bailey, Casper's Eric Platt and Michael Dietz and Cody's Adam Waddell are the previous natives.
"I was surprised but mostly happy with the offer and accepting a chance to go to Wyoming," said McManamen. "I grew up in Wyoming and always followed the basketball team and want to get the excitement back. I know they graduate six seniors next year and we're going to be a young basketball team with five freshmen and five sophomores next year."
The future wing man in the program should bring the Larry Shyatt's program a shooter and a player with first team attitude with the opportunity to develop parts of his game over the next twelve months and the early years in the program.
"I have a lot to work on," said McManamen. "I need to gain strength, weight, and keep working on other aspects of my game. I think I bring shooting skills and making my teammates better."
The Cowboys began recruiting McManamen after he attended Shyatt's individual and team camps this summer and the staff began focusing on recruiting him. The Cowboys like his height, skills, and work ethic with the chance to take his ability to the next level.
He'll certainly bring the intangible of Wyoming proud when he hits the court next season for the Pokes.
"Accepting a chance to play at Wyoming was an easy decision for me," said McManamen "I think I understand the pride and tradition of the school and what it means to play for them. I just need to keep working hard and making myself better as I look toward the season."
McManamen averages around 16 to 17 ppg for the Torrington Trailblazers that are part of the 3A level of basketball in the state of Wyoming.
McManamen joined Florida high school forwards Erik McCree and Stephon Blair, and Colorado natives Austin Haldorson and Josh Adams on his visit. Haldorson is a forward, while Adams a point guard.
Adams and McManamen's commitments leave three remaining scholarships for signing day on November 9th. Both will sign during the early period in November.
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