Cowboys land their big man
LARAMIE -- Jeff Linder's first four recruits have one major commonality -- they can all shoot the basketball.
Wyoming's new head coach said that is one thing he would require of all his new players.
Friday, Linder landed another guy that can find nylon. Only this player is 6-feet, 10-inches tall. Eoin Nelson became the third player in less than 24 hours to commit to the University of Wyoming, joining Drew LaMont (Florida) and Marcus Williams (Texas).
Nelson will have three years of eligibility in Laramie.
Nelson, a native of Ireland, played the power forward position last season at Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colorado. In 22 games with the Rattlers, Nelson averaged six points and nearly the same amount of rebounds per outing. Nelson shot 57.7 percent from the field.
Nelson scored in double figures six times last season coming off the bench for head coach Cole Dewey.
His best performance, ironically, came against Laramie County Community College. Nelson scored a career-high 22 points and was 10-of-11 from the field. He also pulled down eight rebounds against the Golden Eagles.
Signing day is tentatively set for April 15. Wyoming is expected to sign Xavier DuSell (Arizona), Drake Jeffries (Illinois), LaMont, Williams and Nelson.C
Currently, four Wyoming players are in the NCAA Transfer Portal: TJ Taylor, Greg Milton III, Tyler Morman and Brandon Porter. The latter three intent to transfer. Taylor is still undecided. Linder and Co. are still waiting for a commitment from Kwane Marble and Kenny Foster, who played in Laramie last season.
Leading scorer, Hunter Maldonado, and Hunter Thompson are both returning to the program.