Kenny Foster, a highly-regarded shooting guard from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Co., was high on the recruiting list for the Wyoming Cowboys this fall.
Turns out, Wyoming was high on Foster’s list, too.
Foster announced on Twitter Friday night that he has committed to Wyoming, one of a dozen schools that had offered the 6-foot-5 Foster, who despite being slowed a mid-season his junior year at Smoky Hill, was a second-team Colorado High School Activities Association Class 5 All-Star selection. He was one of three juniors on the first- or second-team.
He average 17 points, 3.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
“First, I want to thank God for giving me the talent I have that has given the opportunity to further my education through basketball,” Foster posted on Twitter. “Second, I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and trainers, who have all been by my side through this amazing journey.
“Lastly, I want to thank every coaching staff that has taken the time to recruit me. The love I have been shown by each and every university has made this decision extremely difficult for me. However, after a lot of thought and consideration, I’m truly blessed to say that I have decided to further my education and basketball career at the University of Wyoming. Thank you Coach (Allen) Edwards and staff for this opportunity. Go Pokes!”
Foster’s decision came after visits to Pepperdine, Wyoming and Cal-Davis in a one-week period. Among other schools to offer him were Pacific, Cleveland State, Denver, Milwaukee and Montana State.
Following the lead of previous head coach Larry Shyatt, Edwards, an assistant to Shyatt, has focused on recruiting Colorado, and last weekend Kwane Marble, a 6-foot-5, 191 pound multi-position player from Denver East, made a visit to Wyoming. Forward Cameron Reece of Sheridan College also made an official visit.
The Cowboys expect to have only two scholarships for next year.
Marble average 16.6 points, 4.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists at Denver East as a junior. He reportedly will visit Washington State before making a commitment, but admits a strong interest in Wyoming.
"I liked it,” he told GoWyoGo.com of his visit. “I enjoyed seeing the attention the athletes get from the fans, the campus feeling, the perks the athletes receive in the (High Altitude Performance Center), the cafeteria for the athletes, the high altitude training chamber, and the basketball arena. Really all of it."
The 2019 prospect looks to possess the makeup needed for Edwards’ system, and type of player he is recruiting, a long, rangy athlete with skills to play all the positions.
"The coach said they want guys to who can play all positions. They said they played a 6-9 guy bringing up the ball," Marble said. "They like my ability to defend bigger guards and my ability to attack the rim through traffic and picks, and hit the jumper. I say I play with energy, always clapping and supporting my teammates."
Marble plays the 1, 2, and 3 positions for Denver East, along with the AAU Colorado Hawks in the summer, according to GoWyoGo.com.