Isabel Gonzalez
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Even though it’s offseason, the basketball world never stops. Here are some New Mexico men’s basketball related updates.

Chris Harriman
The assistant coach has left the Lobos for a job at Cal. While UNM has yet to release any official statement, multiple outlets have already reported it. Harriman has even changed his Twitter header photo to represent his new school.

Vance Jackson
The redshirt sophomore declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. He will maintain eligibility to continue his college basketball career. Under new NCAA rules, Jackson can chose to be represented by an agent (must be certified by the NBPA and NCAA). Players who do this must request request an “evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.” They also need to end the relationship if they return to school.

“After many prayers and talking with my coaches and family, I have decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Jackson said on the official statement he posted on his social media accounts. “I will go through this process maintaining my eligibility at the University of New Mexico. I am thankful to god for allowing me to be in a position to pursue my dreams of playing in the NBA.”

JaQuan Lyle
Lyle got injured (ruptured Achilles tendon) a day after the first official practice of the 2018-19 season. It has now been six months since he had surgery, but he hasn’t been sitting around. Lyle has been back on the court practicing and getting back in shape for a couple months.

Recruiting

  • Seryee Lewis, class of 2020 6’8″ PF, announced his offer from New Mexico on April 8.
  • Tujautae Williams, class of 2019 SF, released three official visits for April and May. He will be in New Mexico April 19-21. He got an offer from the Lobos in December.

Former Lobos

  • Tony Snell‘s ankle injury has kept him out for eight straight games. The Milwaukee Bucks will begin their series against the Pistons this weekend, but Snell is not expected to be back until the middle of Round 1.
  • Karim Ezzeddine is currently in Lebanon. He has been there for more than a couple weeks now, but he recently announced on social media that he will officially start his career as a professional player this weekend.
  • Antino Jackson plays basketball in Italy for the Zeus Energy Group Rieti. His team will take on M Rinnovabili Agrigento on April 14. A win is important, as the Zeus Energy is still in contention for third place in the Series A2. Jackson is planning a basketball camp in Texas in July. He also announced that he and former UNM teammate Joe Furstinger were looking into doing one in Albuquerque as well.
  • Devon Williams is back in New Mexico with the new ABA team, the Albuquerque Bullsnakes. The team won’t officially start its season until the fall, but the Bullsnakes are currently playing exhibition charity games.
  • Alex Kirk has a new teammate in the Alvark Tokyo… kind of (see robot video below). Only five games remain until the playoffs start.

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