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Overseas signings for next season are beginning to roll in, and a couple dozen former Lobos and NM HS players are in the mix. I’ll be updating this thread as the signings continue.

Early activity focuses on domestic players and re-signing imports from last season. So the first Lobo to sign was predictable...

* Alex Kirk will return for a third season with Alvark Tokyo after winning B League championships his first two years. Basketball is growing in popularity in Japan, and Alvark is in a prime position. Veteran guard Daiki Tanaka is a longtime national team player and one of the faces of the league. Up and coming star Yudai Baba was MVP in the Final this past season and also plays on the NT, and he is playing for Dallas in NBA Summer League. Keeping the band together was a no brainer for Alvark.
> https://twitter.com/LoboHoopHistory/status/1143764736938393600

* Tony Danridge will move within league in Uruguay from Nacional to Club Trouville, both in Montevideo his longtime home. Tony averaged 21 ppg last season, third in the LUB, while Nacional reached the playoff semi-finals and lost to eventual champion Aguada.
> https://twitter.com/search?q=%22tony%20danridge%22%20%40LoboHoopHistory&src=typed_query&f=live

* Daniel Faris and Karim Ezzeddine will continue with Champville in Lebanon next season. Champville made the playoff semi-finals last season but lost to eventual champions Al Riyadi, with both Lobos playing well:
> https://twitter.com/LoboHoopHistory/status/1119352547397869568

Several Lobos had strong years in leagues akin to lower majors last season, and will likely move to bigger leagues if they keep playing. The first of those:

* Joe Furstinger has signed with GTK Gliwice in Poland after averaging 16.5 ppg 7.5 rpg for KK Gostivar in North Macedonia last season. Joe was named Center of the Year in the Prva Liga, and Gostivar reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions MZT Skopje.
> https://twitter.com/search?q=%22Joe%20Furstinger%22%20%40LoboHoopHistory&src=typed_query&f=live

* Xavier Adams will be a graduate assistant at TCU under Jamie Dixon after a season at Sam Houston St:

* Others already situated:
Tony Snell, Detroit Pistons
Hugh Greenwood, Adelaide Crows (AFL)
Devon Williams, Albuquerque Bull Snakes (CBA)


Posted : 07/10/2019 9:07 am
loboray, loboman, MRLobo and 16 people liked

New Mexico HS players

* Bryce Alford has signed with Medi Bayreuth of the German Bundesliga (BBL). Alford averaged 14.1 ppg 3.4 apg for the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League last season.
> https://twitter.com/LoboHoopHistory/status/1144605958611488768

* Jeffery Taylor (Hobbs ‘08) signed a three year extension with Real Madrid, one of the top teams in Europe. Taylor has been with Real since 2015, won a EuroLeague championship in 2018 (3rd this year) and three Spanish league titles, including this year. Taylor averages about 6 pts 4 rebs but specializes in defense. Here he is triggering a nice fast break:
> https://twitter.com/LoboHoopHistory/status/1119347515654938624

* DeAndre Lansdowne (Sandia ‘07) signed with Brescia of Serie A in Italy. Lansdowne averaged 18.6 ppg for Braunschweig in Germany last season, and was named to the BBL All Defensive Team.
> https://twitter.com/LoboHoopHistory/status/1144326142335127552

* Michael Holyfield (Manzano ‘11) is putting up big numbers in the China NBL (summer league). The NBL tends toward video game type numbers. Holyfield was recently named Player of the Week after a 54 pts 26 rebs game. He leads the NBL with 21.4 rpg, and averages 25.3 ppg, second on his team. Russ Smith leads the league in scoring at 43.2 ppg.


Posted : 07/10/2019 9:13 am
loboray, MRLobo, Isabel Gonzalez and 12 people liked
Pack Leader

Lazlo strikes again. Always great to get these updates. Excited for our former Lobos and glad to see that X is getting into coaching.

Posted : 07/10/2019 5:52 pm
Doublealum, bruiser, pitforever90 and 2 people liked

If you go to the GTK Gliwice web site, the main photo they have of Furstinger is a dunk from his Lobo days.


Posted : 07/11/2019 6:38 am
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Pack Leader

I can see them really loving Big Joe's style out that way.

Posted : 07/11/2019 8:28 am

* Roman Martinez will be a graduate assistant on the Nevada staff under Steve Alford.  I'll hate to see him on the opposing bench, but glad he is breaking into coaching. 



* Jaye Crockett (Clovis ‘09) has signed in Lebanon with Anibal Zahle, newly promoted to the LBL.  Obij Aget played for Byblos in Lebanon for some of last season. 

* Michael Holyfield (Manzano ‘11) was named Player of the Week again in NBL China after putting up 37 pts 31 rebs in Beijing's win over Anhui.



Posted : 07/17/2019 10:36 pm
loboray, MRLobo, Doublealum and 3 people liked
Pack Leader

31 rebounds? Yeah.

Posted : 07/18/2019 9:42 am
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Some Lobo life updates...

J.R. Giddens completed his UNM degree. He’s been playing this summer in the Dominican Republic and spending time with his son.

Cameron Bairstow got married to a fellow UNM alum in Fiji.

Cullen Neal got married. His then-fiancé accompanied him last season while he was playing in Poland.

Drew Gordon had his second son. Already drawing a plus wingspan rating.

And Alex Kirk announced today that he and Rachael Adams are engaged. Adams is on the US National Volleyball team, an Olympic medalist, played at the University of Texas, and plays professionally in Europe. If they have kids, I predict they will be tallllll.


Posted : 07/19/2019 2:30 pm
loboray, abqpianist, Doublealum and 5 people liked

Antino Jackson has signed with BC Kalev/Cramo of Tallinn, Estonia.

BC Kalev plays in the VTB United League, one of the top leagues in Europe. The VTB primarily consists of teams in Russia, with a handful from surrounding countries. Kalev made the playoffs last season, finishing 7th, and also won the Estonia/Latvia League (KML). VTB is basically a power conference, so big move up for Antino!

Antino spent last season in Serie A2 in Italy, beginning with Virtus Cassino, a newly promoted team. The first task of a newly promoted team is to stay at the new level, and Cassino was not up to it. Antino was putting up strong numbers, but the team started with a long losing streak. In one game in December, he had 20 pts but they lost on a buzzer beater, and he apparently broke down. The team responded with a win the next week, but he left soon after.

Antino was at The Pit for a game around New Year’s, then signed with another Serie A2 club, Zeus Rieti. This was already a move up, as Rieti was battling for – and made – the playoffs. Antino played very well down the stretch and had some big games in the playoffs. Combined he averaged 13.6 ppg 5.3 apg on the season.
> https://twitter.com/search?q=%22Antino%20Jackson%22%20%40LoboHoopHistory&src=typed_query&f=live

Congrats Antino!

Posted : 07/24/2019 1:02 pm
loboray, abqpianist, Doublealum and 1 people liked

Kirk and Rachel - 6'11" and 6'2". If they have kids, they'll have the genes to be pretty tall.

Posted : 07/24/2019 1:15 pm
Pack Leader

Congradulations to all these Lobos. Super cool that Cam found his bride while on campus - Lobos "squared." I want to really say great job to JR - he has taken care of very important Buisness and hopefully is a role model for other players - even a guy that makes the NBA and has a subsequent long & sucessfull b-ball career, understands the importance of that degree and worked to get it! Sets himself up for life after playing days - maybe even as a coach at his alma mata

This post was modified 4 weeks ago 2 times by Doublealum
Posted : 07/24/2019 6:04 pm
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