September 1, 2012

Wyoming coaches watching Denver East

Few schools in the Mountain West region of the country can match Denver East High School in terms of numbers of Division I prospects and it is one reason the Wyoming basketball coaches have made their presence felt at the school.

East Coach Rudy Carey played at Colorado State from 1972-74 and despite his time as a Wyoming rival, said he has a high level of respect for the coaching staff at Laramie and what they are building.

"I like the fact they are recruiting good kids and they are recruiting Wyoming and Colorado kids," Carey said Wednesday. "I have known (UW head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt) and (assistant coach Scott) Duncan for over 30 years. They are genuine guys, they care about their kids. They are very good basketball coaches to add to it."

Carey said the Wyoming basketball coaches have kept a close eye on several of his Angel basketball players after East went 20-4 and lost in the Sweet 16 a year ago. This year they return several members of the 2014 class who, Carey said, have led to heightened expectations.

"We won our summer league with 24 teams around the metro area including probably 16 of the better teams in the area," Carey said. "We won that league, we will probably be pre-season number one. We have a tough schedule but we expect to be in Boulder for that championship game."
Garnering the most attention from college recruiters is Dominique Collier, the point guard who averaged 20 points, five assists and three steals per game a year ago. According to Carey, the 6-foot-1 playmaker holds a scholarship offer from Wyoming, in addition to several of the blue bloods of college basketball.

"He is heavily recruited," Carey said. "I know Iowa, Purdue, Wyoming, CU, Kansas has offered. Stanford has offered, I think. I know Kansas State has offered. UCLA and Texas, are just now getting in on him.

"He can do it all," Carey continued. "He is smooth. He shoots the ball, he can play both guard positions. he was a member of last year's USA National team that played in Mexico. He was a great student and can do it all."

Carey said right now he knows Collier is wide open as far as his recruitment, but it may be tough for Wyoming to convince him to stay close to home instead of leave for places like Kansas and Purdue.

Tyree Robinson has yet to receive a Wyoming offer, but Carey said the Cowboy coaches are well aware of his shot-blocking exploits. Despite standing just 6-foot-5, Robinson averaged six blocked shots per game last season to go along with 12 points and seven boards.

"He is a tremendous shot blocker and great rebounder," Carey said. "He probably needs more work on his offensive game, but he has great defensive skills. Tyree is probably got impeccable timing in terms of shot blocking. He gets off the floor very quick."

Carey said during a summer league game Robinson tallied 17 blocked shots and managed double figures in blocks in several games last winter.

"It isn't so much the blocks, but it is the shots he changes up," Carey said

The East coach said he didn't believe Wyoming had offered Robinson yet, but is watching him. Carey added he thinks Colorado State is close to an offer on Robinson.

Junior guard Javon Griffin stands 6-foot-3 and is also receiving a look from the Pokes' staff. He averaged 12 points and six assists a year ago.

"He distributes the ball well, he is big and strong and is just a power guard," Carey said.

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