Oct 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCoach Curtis Condie put up a 20-11 record in his first year in charge of the Central Wyoming College men's program, and he is out to iimprove on that this season.
During the recruiting wars this year, Condie wanted to build his roster with depth at every position.
"We have depth this year," Condie said. "Last year, we didn't have depth." Condie was hired in June of 2011, and didn't have a lot of time to assemble his roster.
"That is the difference when you can recruit 13 months rather than three months," Condie said. "We have a little bit of height. If we ever get to fly and to go an airport, then we would look like a basketball team."
The Rustlers held their first official practice Oct. 1. and will have a month to work on things before CWC starts to play in games that count in the standings.
"This month is critical," Condie said. "We have to lay a foundation and a base."
Condie is spending a large amount of his two-hour practices focusing on defending, rebounding and developing toughness.
"The practices have been intense," Condie said. "For some of the freshman, they haven't understood the effort that has to be given." The Rustlers play in their first scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 13, in Salt Lake City. CWC will attend its second scrimmage Saturday, Oct. 20, at Casper College. CWC will have its first game on the season playing Impact Academy on Thursday, Nov. 1., at Rustler Gym.
Condie will be assisted this year by Shelby Lindley. The new assistant coach was on the coaching staff last year for Idaho State.
"He understands the dedication to the job," said Condie about his assistant coach. "He understands what it takes to move to the next level."
The electrifying combination of point guard Davion Pearson and forward Armani Flannigan highlights the returning roster for CWC.
The 5-11 Pearson jumped into the starting lineup in his freshman season and ran the offense for the Rustlers. Pearson came to the Riverton campus from Las Vegas.
"It's nice to have someone that has been to battle with me before and understands exactly how I want things done," Condie said. .
Flannigan, from Rockford, Ill., made some spectacular dunks for the Rustlers. He stands at 6-7.
"Armani has gotten a lot stronger," Condie said. "His skill set has gotten better. He has a chance to be pretty good, and an all-conference player. Hopefully both of them are all-conference players."
The two other returning players for Condie are sophomores Kyler Williams (6-2, Las Vegas) and Jordan Phouthavong (5-9, West Valley City, Utah).
Condie said he will be counting on those four players to fill in the leadership roles.
Two sophomore transfers are Austin Hudson (6-6, Salt Lake City) and Ryan Thomas (6-8, Riverton, Utah).
Hudson played his freshman season and started for Central Arizona College. Thomas started for Western Wyoming College before going on a church mission.
"I'm looking for a lot of things out of those two players," Condie said.
Chicago high school basketball player Paris Burns (5-11) is challenging for playing time along with Tanner Newbold (6-1, Payson, Utah), David Baety (6-7, Apopka, Fla), Ryan Nemelka (6-1, Sandy, Utah) and Isaiah Tademy (6-6, West Valley, Utah)
Former Wind River High School standout basketball player Tyson Lone Bear is holding his own after the first week of practice.
"Tyson is doing well," Condie said.
"It's a big jump up in play.
He is working on getting bigger. He has the right attitude."
Last year, Lone Bear was a Class 2-A all-state player.
"We have a couple of guys that are 6-7 or bigger that guard Tyson on the wing," Condie said. "I don't think that he is used to that."
Central Wyoming College 2012-13 men's basketball roster
Davion Pearson, sophomore, 5-11, Las Vegas; Paris Burns, freshman 5-11, Chicago, Ill.; Tanner Newbold, freshman, 6-1, Payson, Utah; Ryan Nemelka, freshman, 6-1, Sandy, Utah; Jordan Phouthavong, sophomore, 5-9, West Valley City, Utah; Kyler Williams, sophomore, 6-2, Las Vegas; Justin Keller, freshman, 6-0, Preston, Idaho; Bakata Justin, freshman, 5-10, West Valley City, Utah; David Baety, freshman, 6-7, Apopka, Fla.; Armani Flannigan, sophomore, 6-8, Rockford, Ill.; Gabe Burroughs, freshman, 6-1, Brooklyn, N.Y; Tyson Lone Bear, freshman, 6-2, Fort Washakie; Justin Burk, freshman, 6-3, South Jordan, Utah; Isaiah Tademy, freshman, 6-6, West Valley City, Utah; Roozario Wiggins, freshman, 6-, Shreveport, La,: Jacob Craft, freshman, 6-7, Sandy Utah; Austin Hudson, sophomore, 6-6, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ryan Thomas, sophomore, 6-8, Riverton, Utah; Arik Mawien, freshman, 6-8, West Valley City, Utah.
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