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UW Cowboys add 2 guards ahead of coming basketball season

Wyoming men's basketball coach Sundance Wicks. (via University of Wyoming Athletics)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team recently announced the signing of transfer guards Dontaie Allen and A.J. Wills. With the addition, the Cowboy roster is now complete for the 2024–25 season.

“It’s always nice when you can put a stamp on the end of the recruiting season that says finished,” head coach Sundance Wicks said. “We had to find the right mix of high character, intensely competitive, deeply connected players that understood the commitment they had to have to be a part of our Cowboy Culture and I think we found that mix.”

Allen is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard and is a native of Falmouth, Kentucky. He spent three seasons at Kentucky before his time at Western Kentucky. Last season, Allen added 8.2 points per game and three rebounds shooting a team-best 40% from behind the arc with 56 makes. He scored a season-high 30 points against Florida International and scored in double figures 11 times.

As a junior, Allen recorded 9.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 42% from behind the arc. He appeared in 18 games at Kentucky in 2021–22, scoring a season-high 14 points against North Florida. In 2020–21, Allen appeared in 22 games and added 5.4 points per game.

Wills is a 6-foot-2 point guard who played for Holy Cross last season, where he averaged 5.5 points per game on 40% shooting. He appeared in 23 games, starting three of them. Over the course of the season, he also drained 15 3-pointers.

“He is one of those rare players who has an extremely efficient and effective floater [and] runner game that the defense has a hard time keying in on,” Wicks said. “I also love the fact that he can find the open man, on time and on target. More than 60% of his passes for 3’s last year registered as uncontested for his teammates.”