The Casper College men’s basketball team is sending another player to the Division I level.
Sophomore Wilfried Likayi became the fifth Thunderbird to commit to a DI school when he announced Friday on Twitter that he would be attending New Mexico State University.
The 6-foot-9 Likayi averaged 16.8 points, a team-leading 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this past season for the T-Birds. He shared Region IX North player of the year honors with teammate Isaac Bonton and was named to the Region IX all-tournament team after helping Casper College (32-3) to a No. 6 national ranking and its first Region IX championship since 1996.
Likayi joins Bonton (Washington State), Broc Finstuen and James Hampshire (University of the Pacific) and Zion Tordoff (Marist College) as former T-Birds who will play DI basketball next season. In addition, Keiron Goodwin committed to DII Winona State.
Thursday, Dan Russell stepped down as Casper College’s head coach after leading the team for six seasons. Russell accepted an assistant coaching position at Montana State University.
Likayi will join a New Mexico State team that finished 30-5 and won both the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Aggies were a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, losing 78-77 to Final Four participant Auburn in the second round. New Mexico State has played in the NCAA Tournament seven of the past eight years.
A native of Portland, Oregon, he averaged 3.4 points per game as a freshman for the T-Birds.