Freshman forward leaves Wyoming program


With players such as forward Larry Nance Jr. and guard Riley Grabau having returned, Larry Shyatt’s Wyoming Cowboys are one of the teams hoping to factor into the mix in what should be a competitive Mountain West race. Nance and Grabau are good players to start with in that regard, but the Cowboys will be without one of their incoming recruits.

Friday morning Shyatt announced that 6-foot-6 forward Diontae Jones, a native of Las Vegas, has decided to leave the Wyoming program for personal reasons.

Jones averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a senior at Clark HS in Las Vegas. In addition to Nance, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the Cowboys’ game against Fresno State on February 18, the Cowboys return senior Derek Cooke Jr. and they also have three freshman front court players joining the program.

Jones was a player who would have been more likely to help Wyoming in 2015-16, but that obviously won’t be the case now.