Cowpoke to play hoops in Mongolia

(Wyoming)- Charles Hankerson Jr. will playing a long ways from home. A long, long, long ways. The former University of Wyoming guard has signed with the Dundgovi Hawks. A Mongolian professional basketball team. The city he will be playing in is the completely unpronounceable Tsagaandelger. Charles Hankerson Jr. was one of five seniors on the 2014-15 squad that helped lead Wyoming to a Mountain West tournament title and its first NCAA tournament since 2001-02. He started in 34 of UW's 35 games and averaged 6.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 28.6 minutes per game. He shot 39 percent from the floor and 34 percent from deep for nine double-figure scoring games. Dundgovi province is situated in the south of the country 150 miles from the capital city Ulaanbaatar. It has largely semi-arid steppe and low height hills. Temperatures in the summer may top 90 degrees, while winter temperatures may dip below -22 degrees. Precipitation is scarce, and air humidity is low. Seasonal climatic problems include spring sandstorms and winter zud. Zud or dzud is a Mongolian term for a severe winter in which large number of livestock die, primarily due to starvation from being unable to graze, in other cases directly from the cold. At least it seems that the 6 foot 4 in 230 pound guard will be playing in a similar climate to that of Laramie. Photo H/t @RealHankersonJr twitter page #news #reboot #buckrail #county10 #county17 #shortgo #dally #oilcity #springcity