Hunter Maldonado, who recently finished his junior year at Vista Ridge, committed to play basketball at Wyoming on Monday night.
The 2017 grad announced his decision on Twitter:
— Hunter Maldonado (@therealhunter24) June 7, 2016
Maldonado, a 6-foot-6 forward, led Vista Ridge in scoring as a junior with 22.6 points per game — which ranked fourth in all of Class 4A — and also topped the team with 6.9 rebounds per game. He had three double-doubles, two of which came as the Wolves made a run to the 4A Final 4.
Maldonado scored 29 points and had 11 rebounds in an upset of No. 1 seed Lewis-Palmer in the Great 8, then dropped 37 points (to go along with 12 rebounds) in a Final 4 loss to eventual champion Pueblo West.
After the season, he was named first-team all-state in 4A.
"Hunter is a great kid that is going to have an immediate impact on the Wyoming program," Vista Ridge athletic director Sam Baldwin told CHSAANow.com via text message. "You couldn't ask for a better teammate or student-athlete. Wyoming got a gem of a young man."
As a sophomore, Maldonado averaged 18.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Maldonado is the first boys basketball player in Colorado's 2017 class to announce his college decision. He continues a recent trend of Colorado players heading to Wyoming's basketball program.
The Cowboys will have four players from Colorado on their 2017-16 team, which includes 2016 ThunderRidge grad Austin Mueller.