Five new players inked by CWCApr 10, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Four Utah high school players and one player from Louisiana are coming to play basketball next year at Central Wyoming College for coach Curtis Condie.
Signed are Isaiah Tademy (6-foot-6, West Valley City, Utah), Tanner Newbold (6-1, Payson, Utah); Ryan Nemelka (6-1, Sandy, Utah), Arik Mawien (6-7, Salt Lake City) and Roozario Wiggins (6-4, Shreveport, La.).
"I'm super excited," Tademy said. "I can't wait because I have known coach Condie for awhile. I learned to trust him. I know that it's going to be a great experience for me."
Condie guided the Rustlers to a 20-11 record in his first season at the helm.
"I have talked to Condie in person, and we have grown to be pretty close," Tademy said. "He knows what he is doing. He was pretty successful in his first season."
Condie is working signing on more players.
"I like the class because last year I didn't have a full year to recruit kids and now I do," Condie said. "Ryan, Tanner and Isaiah I saw in June of last year. We spent some time recruiting them."
Wiggins will be one of the oldest players on the squad. He graduated from Fairpark High School in 2009.
"Somebody that I knew put me in touch with him," Condie said. "I think that he has a chance to be pretty good. He is really athletic."
"Isaiah broke his hand at the start of the year, so he didn't have the senior season they expected to have at Granger," Condie said. "He came back late. It was hard for them to make the state tournament because he was basically their player."
Tademy finished his senior season scoring 16.3 points per game.
"I saw Isaiah in the summer, and he became priority No. 1," Condie said. He is a 6-foot-6 wing, but he can play a little point guard."
Tademy pulled in 6.8 rebounds for Granger. He was first-team all-region and honorable mention all-state.
"Because of the broken hand he didn't get the Division I looks that he probably should have, but that is our gain," Condie said.
The 6-8, 250-pound center from East High School will bring size to the Rustlers for the 2012-13 season.
"We will have to get a little of the weight off to get him into better shape," Condie said.
Mawien finished the season averaging 9.3 points per game.
"He is does a good job of scoring the basketball," Condie said. "He works hard."
Mawien yanked in 5.43 rebounds a contest for the Utah school.
"He is a big man that can move with good hands and can finish around the basket," Condie said. "He will be a good freshman 'big' to have."
At Payson High School, Newbold connected for 74-138 from the 3-point line last season and 17 points per game. Newbold was second-team all-state.
"Tanner just can flat out shoot the ball," Condie said.
Newbold was 90 percent from the free throw line.
"Tanner comes from a great family and great stock," Condie said.
Newbold and current CWC player Braden Wright were teammates a couple of years ago at Payson.
"I'm excited to have another kid from Payson at CWC," Condie said. "It will be tough to lose Braden for a couple of years.
Wright will be serving his Latter Day Saints Mission the next two years in Pittsburgh.
Deadly from the 3-point line in his senior season at Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah, Nemelka made 48 3-pointers.
"Ryan can really stroke it," Condie said.
Nemelka finished with a 14.5 points per game average for Jordan.
"He was the focal point of their offense," Condie said. "He is a zone buster. I think that he is going to do well here."
Nemelka had a couple of games where he finished with five 3-pointers.