Three of a Kind: Former Wyoming Cowboys Sign Professional Basketball Deals


LARAMIE — A trio of former University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball players have inked professional deals in some of the world’s top professional leagues. Josh Adams signed with Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. Hayden Dalton signed with MHP Riesen in Germany’s top league and Alan Herndon will play in Turkey for the Sakarya BSB of the Turkish Basketball League.

Josh Adams

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Cowboys guard Josh Adams (14) senior day against the San Jose State Spartans at Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys beat the Spartans 81-78.

Adams, A native of Parker, Colo., is entering his third professional season. Adams played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League and was one of the team’s top scoring threats.

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He played for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the EuroLeague last year. He averaged seven points per game to go along with two assists per night. Adams also grabbed 1.6 rebounds per game and hit 2.4 three pointers per game.

Prior to his stint in the EuroLeague, Adams played for Avtodor Saratov in Russia’s VTB United League. He averaged 7.8 points per game and added a team-high 2.3 assists per game. He also pulled down 3.3 rebounds per game and added two steals per night.

Adams earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2015-16 for UW. He was the 17th Cowboy to be named an All-American and first since Josh Davis in 2002.

Hayden Dalton

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Wyoming Cowboys forward Alan Herndon (5) against the San Jose State at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

Dalton, a native of Parker, Colo., was a member of the Denver Nuggets this summer during the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas.

He was Second Team All-MW selection by the league’s coaches and First Team by media members from around the conference. Dalton was also named Second Team All-Region by the NABC. He averaged 17.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 7.8 rebounds per game.

Dalton led the team with 85 three pointers for fifth in single-season history at Wyoming. He finished his career with the Cowboys with 1,156 points to go along with 666 rebounds. Dalton finished his career with 147 made three pointers.

Alan Herndon

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Wyoming Cowboys forward Hayden Dalton (20) against the San Jose State at Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. The Cowboys beat the Spartains 89-75.

Herndon, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., played in the NBA Summer League for the Washington Wizards.

He was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Conference by members of the media covering the league. He averaged 11.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds. He led the MW and ranked in the top-30 in the nation in blocks with 72 on the season.

He finished his career with 1,149 points and is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in games played with 133. He started 102 games in his career. Herndon ranks third in career blocks at Wyoming with 184.

He also finished his career shooting 49 percent from the field and hit 124 three pointers in his career.