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Mountain West Basketball Countdown: #11 - Jason McManamen

Wyoming’s senior guard is 11th in the countdown.

NCAA Basketball: Wyoming at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming senior guard Jason McManamen checks in at #11 in the MW countdown.

The 6-5 Torrington, Wyoming native exploded last season with Josh Adams in the Cowboy backcourt, scoring 14.4 points per game and connecting on 44.7% of his three-point attempts, best in the Mountain West. McManamen also recorded a 120.5 offensive efficiency rating which was 3rd in the league last year. He is an extremely talented and pure shooter.

Due to Adams’ departure, McManamen will have to guide a Wyoming team that is currently rebuilding and welcomes a new head coach in Allen Edwards. Statistically, this might be beneficial to McManamen, who expects to have one of the highest usage rates in the league this season. Opposing teams know this, so the biggest obstacle for the Cowboys is to ensure that McManamen can always access the basketball and be in a position to score.

McManamen shined last year as a result of more playing time (16.8 MPG to 34.6 MPG) and a higher usage rate (13.9% to 18.9%). We won’t see quite as dramatic increases this season, but the silky shooter will be carrying the torch for Wyoming, making him a prime candidate for the All-Mountain West squad.

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