LARAMIE – After getting verbal commitments from two post players earlier in the week, the University of Wyoming men’s basketball program made it official Thursday.
UW signed 6-foot-9, 220-pound Tyler Morman of Florida Southwest State College in Fort Myers, Florida, and 6-11, 230-pound Javier Turner of Northwest High in Omaha, Nebraska.
Both visited UW last week. They complete UW’s 2018-19 recruiting class, which consisted of five players.
Morman, who will have two years of eligibility at UW, played in 33 games last season, including made 11 starts. He averaged 4.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 12.6 minutes per game. Florida Southwest finished fifth at the NJCAA Tournament.
Morman said his stats don’t show the entire picture of his game.
“Defense, rebounding, playing hard — I’m going to play hard all the time,” said Morman on what UW expects from him during a phone interview with WyoSports. “I can shoot. I can score inside and out and space the floor.
“I take charges. I effect shots on the defensive end. I set great screens,” he said. “I do a lot of the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet that ultimately effect the game.”
Morman said other schools he had scholarship offers from were: Lamar, Radford, Canisius, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Hartford, New Orleans, Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Loyola Marymount. He also said he had “looks from a lot of other schools.”
Edwards described Morman as a “relentless rebounder.”
Morman went to high school at Pebblebook High in Mableton, Georgia. He was high school teammates of former Alabama star guard Collin Sexton, who plays for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. He also was teammates with Auburn junior guard Jared Harper, who helped the Tigers get to the Final Four.
Turner started his high school career at Omaha Benson High, transferred to Omaha Central after his sophomore season and then transferred to Omaha Northwest for his senior year. He had to sit out part of the season due to transfer rules, but he averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13 games for Northwest.
"I believe I can do it all,” Turner told WyoSports. “I am a great team player. I have good court vision and will make the right pass. I can shoot the ball. I can play in the post. I've only scratched the surface of my potential."
Turner said UW was the first Division I school to offer him a scholarship, but added there was interest from Tennessee, LSU, Providence and Creighton. Turner said he also had offers from some Division II schools, along with some from junior colleges and prep schools.
“Javier has a tremendous upside,” Edwards said. “His body is very impressive for an incoming freshman. He is also very strong and has a chance to be a great player here.”
The duo joins 6-5 shooting guard Kenny Foster, the Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year from Smoky Hill High in Aurora, 6-3 guard Greg Milton III from Sacramento City College who will have three years of eligibility with UW, and 6-6 guard Kwane Marble of East High in Denver as part of the 2018-19 recruiting class.
The Cowboys also return eight players who saw significant playing time last season.
Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.