Wyoming coaches forged strong bond with Hunter Thompson

Hunter ThompsonHunter Thompson called University of Wyoming men’s basketball assistant Jeremy Shyatt shortly after deciding to decommit from Creighton.

That would surprise no one who followed the Pine Bluffs standout’s recruitment.

After all, the Cowboys were the runners-up for the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward’s services when he announced his commitment to Creighton in mid-March. Back then, he talked about how hard his decision was and how good of a job UW had done recruiting him.

Many expected Thompson to commit to the Pokes shortly after he reopened his recruitment. He did just that Sept. 6. But that’s not why he called Shyatt. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson talks AAU basketball

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Pine Bluffs sophomore forward Hunter Thompson, right, has averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1 steal across 55 games. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

I first heard of Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson playing AAU ball when my colleague Dave Shelles wrote this Prep Athlete of the Week feature on him in 2014. I heard more about it when my friend Jack Nowlin of the Casper Star-Tribune wrote this feature on Thompson to start the 2014-15 season.

I was really intrigued by the Utah portion of the 6-foot-10 sophomore’s AAU exploits that Nowlin wrote about. Cheyenne East graduate and current Toronto Raptors power forward James Johnson played with a Denver-based AAU team when he caught the attention of Division I schools in 2006. I know a few more Cheyenne kids have played with teams along the Front Range, the Cheyenne-based Wyoming Flight basketball program has also gotten off the ground in the past few years.

But it struck me as odd that Thompson would go to Utah for his AAU ball. Continue reading