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Rustlers continuing basketball recruiting

Jun 22, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

David Baety and Austin Hudson bring more height to the 2012-13 Central Wyoming College basketball roster.

The two are the latest players signed to play for coach Curtis Condie.

Baety stands at 6-foot-6 and is from Apopka, Fla. Hudson played last year for Central Arizona College.

Hudson is listed at 6-8.

"These are very good players for this late in the signing period," Condie said. "That is what happens in junior college."

Condie made it a point this offseason to focus on the height of his players.

"We have seven guys that are 6-foot-6 or taller on the roster," Condie said. "That is one thing that I noticed when I went to the region tournament -- depth. We just didn't have that last year. I wanted to make sure that we had that this year."

The players will come together at the end of August to start preparations for the season.

"We could put out five guys out on the court that are 6-6 or bigger," Condie said. "If we want to play big, then we can."

Division I talent

Baety had committed to play basketball for St. Bonaventure University. St. Bonaventure plays in the A-10 basketball conference.

"St. Bonaventure decided late to go in a different direction," Condie said.

Condie said a good friend helped him come in contact with Baety.

"He is very happy to come out this way," Condie said.

Baety averaged 14.8 points per game last season for Bishop Moore.

"He can play a number of different positions," Condie said. "He played for a really good AAU program. He played against some of the top talent in the country.

"He played at a very good catholic school," Condie added. "He played against great competition. He was by far their best player."

Arizona transfer

Hudson started for Central Arizona College last season.

His team lost in the Region I championship game. Before CAC, Hudson played his high school basketball at Brighton in Salt Lake City.

"Everybody talked to me about Austin about his toughness," Condie said. "He wanted to get a little closer to home."

Hudson averaged seven points and seven rebounds in his freshman season.

"He is very balanced," Condie said. "They were a very guard oriented team. He was looking for somebody that passes the ball into the post. We do that a little bit."

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