Here is the list of the top ten freshman scorers for the Lobos based on ppg.
1. Kenny Thomas 14.7 1996
2. Phil Smith 12.3 1981
3. Kendall Williams 11.6 2011
4. Clayton Shields 10.5 1995
5. John Robinson lll 10.2 1999
6. Charlews Smith 10.1 1994
7. Mark Walters 9.5 2003
8. Willie Banks 9.3 1989
9. Lamont Long 9.2 1997
10. Rob Robbins 8.9 1988
Most of the players were guards who started as freshman. For four years in a row, UNM had a top notch freshman starter who made this list. it started with Charles Smith, who was followed by Clayton Shields, Kenny Thomas and Lamont Long.
Of the names on the list I would've guessed
Luc did not get serious minutes until the second half of the second NMSU game his Freshman season. I remember Bliss putting Luc in for Loeffel and leaving him in, and I was outraged at the time because it was a tight game in the Pan Am center and I felt that was not the time to make this kind of move. Man, I was wrong. The Lobos, who had been down a few points, came back to win in the Pan Am center. The Aggie fans I was sitting with were PO'd to the max.
8 of the 9 players finished with more than 1,200 points in their Lobo career. Of course John Robinson II transfer to Nebraska during his sophomore year.
1st Charles Smith 1,993 Pts
2nd Kenny Thomas 1,931
3rd Lamont Long 1,840
4th Clayton Shields 1,837
8th Rob Robbins 1,739
11th Phil Smith 1,477
14th Willie Banks 1,394
19th Mark Walters 1,200
And Bliss play Lamont somewhat sparingly until his freshman game against Utah in The Pit. He gave us a phenomenal spark and we proceeded to spank the utes. From that point forward, he started. I'm guessing he replaced Gerg Shornstein.
Thanks for the info Walkon. However, do you know the list for total points they scored in their freshman year? Only reason I ask is, I'm assuming, ppg is based on the number of games they played in, correct? Some didn't start right away; unlike Kendall. Just curious.
Speaking of Kendall ...
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Here are the top ten freshman by total points scored.
1 Thomas- 484
3. Robinson lll-346
4. Phil Smith-321
7. Charles Smith-313
8. Banks- 307
9. Lamont Long- 268
10. Walters- 265
The same players are on the list, but the order moves around quite a bit.
I thought Kenny missed the fall semester one year? Was it his soph year? If not, which year?
He missed the first semester of his senior year.
That was the penalty he had to pay for his parents suing the NCAA and getting an injunction allowing him to play the first 3 years. It was an NCAA imposed penalty. Had to do with one core class at his El Paso high school that he was told would count toward his eligibility. After it was too late to make the class up in summer school, the NCAA ruled the class did not meet their standards. And people wonder why I hate the chicken bleep NCAA.
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