When the Wyoming Cowboys start basketball practice this fall, they'll be doing so with an arsenal of point guards.
Coach Larry Shyatt has added another guard to his roster. Jack Bentz, a 6-foot point guard from the The University School outside of Cleveland has joined the Cowboys basketball program.
"Once I visited Wyoming, it was a no brainer. When I got the opportunity I had to take it," said Bentz.
Shyatt first heard about the guard when one of Bentz's prep coaches, who is close friends with Shyatt informed coach about the point guard from the Cleveland area.
The Ohio native will join an already full back court which includes two other Shyatt recruits in Riley Grabau from Boulder High School in Colorado and Derrious Gilmore, a junior college transfer from Mississippi. Jaydee Luster returns to the team for his senior season after starting at point guard last season.
"It's going to be fun to be a part of," said Bentz, who says he was sold on Wyoming as opposed to smaller schools in the midwest as soon as he met Shyatt.
"If you just talk to coach Shyatt, you can just get that feel right away that he has such a passion for coaching. Anything that coach asks of me I think I can do a lot of different things on the court and off the court."
While a student at The University School just outside of Cleveland, Bentz led his team to a 17-6 record while averaging 17 points and 6 assists per game.
Making the transition from Ohio to Laramie was made a little easier for Bentz who got to make the move with one of his friends. Fellow freshman recruit Larry Nance Jr. and Bentz played on the same AAU team back in Ohio where Bentz played the point, a position he's played his entire life.
"I've been a point guard my whole life. A true point guard that can shoot really well, too, and run the team. That's what I feel comfortable with."
We're still over four months away from the start of the season so a lot can happen on the depth chart, a welcome challenge for the first walk-on in the new Larry Shyatt era.
"If an opportunity happens down the road, I'm going to be willing to take it. I'm confident in my own ability but I also trust my teammates and the coaching staff," said Bentz.