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CHEYENNE - Just three weeks into his new job as Wyoming head coach, Larry Shyatt signed three more recruits, including a 6-foot-9, 235-pound center.

"I'm thrilled with what our staff was able to do in a short period of time but I certainly am not status quo right now," Shyatt said Thursday. "We got to get more, and we got to keep moving forward."

Shyatt says Lekan Ajayi , a native of Nigeria, is a recruit who will help the Cowboys move forward.

Ajayi played his prep basketball at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C.

During his senior year this past season, Ajayi averaged 9.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Shyatt said Ajayi can run the floor and is a strong rebounder. He says Ajayi needs to work on his offensive skills but should make his presence known immediately on the defensive end of the floor.

UW said his recruiting visits included Auburn, Wake Forest, Tennessee and Seton Hall.

Shyatt's other recruits announced Thursday are 6-1 guard Riley Grabau of Boulder, Colo., and 5-9 point guard Derrious Gilmore, who played this past season at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.

Grabau averaged 20.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.8 rebounds a game this past season. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field and over 40 percent from 3-point range.

Grabau said during a conference call that he liked Wyoming's coaches and players as well as being part of a program that is rebuilding.

"I love challenges," he said.

Gilmore averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals a game last season. He ranked No. 26 in the nation in assists among all Division I junior college players.

Last week, Shyatt signed 6-8, 222-pound forward Tyrone Marshall from Denver.

Shyatt has one more scholarship to fill.

"I think they give us some instant stability, which we need and hopefully with the one scholarship yet available we can make this class something to look back on and say that they helped start a new era," Shyatt said.

 

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