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Condie attracts height to new CWC recruiting class

Condie attracts height to new CWC recruiting class

Jun 1, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Three more players have been added to the 2012-13 Central Wyoming College men's basketball roster.

Coach Curtis Condie said Ryan Thomas (6-foot-8, Riverton, Utah), Zachary Lane (6-1, Las Vegas) and Jacob Craft (6-7, Jordan (Utah) High School) all have committed to come to the Riverton campus.

The rest of the players signed this spring are Tyson Lone Bear (6-2, Wind River), Paris Burns (5-10, Chicago), Isaiah Tademy (6-6, 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 excited about having each one of them in the program," Condie said.

"Every one if them is excited to be coming. That is the big thing.

They want to be here."

The players will be together for the first time when school starts in late August.

"They are not settling," Condie said.

"They want to be a part of this program and this community."

New players

Thomas started two years ago from Western Wyoming.

Western Wyoming and Central Wyoming College play in the same division in Region IX.

"Ryan is going to be the guy that can replace James Johnson," Condie said.

Johnson was a force inside for the Rustlers this past season in Condie's first season as the head coach.

Johnson is now headed to play for California State University -- Fullerton.

After his first season for the Mustangs, Thomas went on an LDS mission.

"Everybody said at Western he was the best 'big' in the program," Condie said.

Thomas will get home from his mission in Guatemala in June.

"He is a great kid," Condie said. "He is tough.

He understands the game.

The fact that he is going to be 22 is going to be a big plus."

As a junior at Legacy High School, Lane finished the season averaging 19.5 points and eight rebounds.

"Zachary can play a little bit of point guard and shooting guard," Condie said.

Lane finished his senior season putting in 15 points per game, 2.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds. Legacy finished the year 20-8.

"The thing that I love about Zach is that he has great numbers," Condie said. "Zach is tough and he defends."

Craft will be a 22-year-old freshman at CWC after serving a church mission in Holland.

"Jacob is going to be interesting because he is 6-7, and he has a great stroke," Condie said.

"I see him playing the three (small forward) for us."

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