2019 WBB Coaches Clinic

A few years ago many New Mexico coaches went to Las Vegas for a “nearby” coaches’ clinic. This Saturday the UNM WBB team held a coaches clinic at the Davalos Center, the third year they have done so. Each year it has grown a bit more, and there were almost 60 coaches attending this year. While most were HS coaches/staffs, there were also middle school coaches present.

Besides sessions from coach Mike Bradbury (building the dribble-drive offense) and Bill Ferarra (pressure defense), there were sessions by ENMU head coach Josh Prock, strength and conditioning coach Brett Nakashima, and motivational/team building sessions from Nathan Continue reading “2019 WBB Coaches Clinic”

Lobos Defeat Sam Houston St 39-31 In Season Opener

A long, four hour game of endurance was played out at Dreamstyle Stadium where the Lobos outlasted Sam Houston State in a drama of five acts. It was not the prettiest football I have ever seen, but in reality is was an exciting game that went down to the last 90 seconds.

Act I: The Lobos dominate the first 15:03 to take a 16-0 lead. Brandt goes starts at quarterback and produces 140 yards in the air. Not a very efficient completion percentage as he is 7 for 17, but most the balls he throws wend down field, averaging 20 yards per catch. The Lobos use big plays by Ahmari Davis (a 43 yard TD run and a 51 yard reception) to control the field position and the score. They outscore the Bearkats and outgain them by 130 yards.

The Lobo defense clogs up the run, holding Sam Houston to 8 rushing yards on 8 attempts. It looks like the Lobos might have Continue reading “Lobos Defeat Sam Houston St 39-31 In Season Opener”

The School Year is Starting, Time to Look Forward to BB

Photo from UNM Lobo WBB

I have had a chance to see several workouts/practices, we saw a little feedback from the European trip, and the WBB media posts have provided lots of little insights. But we are still three months away, four players have yet to practice, and there has not been a single recorded game to watch. In other words, it is far too early to actually know a lot. But such things have never stopped fans from wild speculation—that’s what fans do in the off season. So I decided to compile my notes, my own speculation, and a healthy dose of the cloudy crystal ball to see what we might come up with. Here it is, in no particular order, and with absolutely no money back guarantees.

Quick observations:

This roster continues the trend towards more athleticism and speed. No one on the roster is as fast as Aisia, but top to bottom the roster is the fastest Lobo roster ever. The drills and scrimmages so far—from 3-3 to the limited 5-5 ones—have emphasized pushing the ball at every opportunity. I watched one set of drills where in 20 consecutive repetitions the offense went full court and got a decent to good shot off in under 1o seconds. This wasn’t only the first team (if such a thing is identifiable yet), but it was whoever was up next. Most the time it was two passes to the front court, swing the ball to the top of the key, over to the other side or into the middle of the lane, and a shot.

Every player I have seen has something about them to like. There are some who show the inconsistency of freshmen, but every one has the appearance of someone who can compete now or in the not too distant future. The competition for playing time will be fierce. Last season by the end of the summer four starters looked to be pretty much set— Continue reading “The School Year is Starting, Time to Look Forward to BB”

Lady Lobos Go 2-0 with 88-52 vs Turkish Pro Team

[All photos from UNM WBB Twitter feed]

The Lobo women played their second European pro team in three days and this one was a more comfortable win that the first one vs a Latvian team.  The 88 points UNM scored were on a lot of fast breaks and inside baskets, but the outside shooting was also present:  the Lobos made 12 three-pointers today (giving them 25 for the two games).  With the loss of Jaisa Nunn from last season, this promises to be more the norm this year–last season the Lobos only averaged a little over seven made threes a game.

The other differences on display was the uses of speed over size.   Turkey was a tall team, with a 6’9″ and 6’6″ posts and a couple other players listed at 6’3″.  The only tall Lobo able to play now is Bride, is also Continue reading “Lady Lobos Go 2-0 with 88-52 vs Turkish Pro Team”

Lobo Women start their European trip with a win, 68-63

The Lobo 2019-2020 team got their first game experience in Rome today, against a much older team from Latvia.  The Latvians had a big front line, going 6’5″ & 6’4″, and their usual leading scorer is a guard from Wright St, Mike Bradbury’s previous school.

Freshman PG Corina Carter had a big first half for the Lobos, both scoring and running the offense.  She scored on three point shots, and numerous drives into the paint for 10 foot jump shots.  The lead at half was 34-26, and the Lobos were outscored by Riga 34-37 in the second half to win by five. Continue reading “Lobo Women start their European trip with a win, 68-63”