Isabel Gonzalez
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The University of New Mexico men’s basketball  team is officially on a break before the 2019 fall semester begins. Here are some updates from the last two weeks.

Schedule
Head coach Paul Weir did not rush to put out the nonconference schedule last year, and he is not rushing this year either. During the press conference on July 31, Weir said the staff still has two more “opportunities” to schedule (including exhibition). He said he wants to get it right, so he’s not putting a time limit on it. The team is continuing the series with UTEP and starting one with Grand Canyon.

Roster

  • JJ Caldwell got cleared toward the end of the summer session. He wasn’t with the team very long before the break.

  • Kurt-Curry Wegscheider from the NBA Africa Academy submitted his graduation papers on July 29 and he is currently waiting to become NCAA eligible. Weir says there should be a response soon.
  • Antwan January is still waiting on eligibility. Weir is not sure whether or not he will be able to play in the fall.

Promotions/Howl
Weir said he and his staff just began talking about what event the team would have this year (Howl/Cherry & Silver). However, there will be no information released until football has kicked off. Weir does not want to steal the spotlight from Bob Davie and his team, and even showed support by attending the first day of the football camp.

Football and basketball might be partnering for tickets this season. The men’s basketball team is also talking about tailgates with other teams.

Recruiting

Former Lobos visiting

  • Antino Jackson (2017-18) will play for BC Kalev/Cramo next season. He posted some videos working out at Davalos and called New Mexico his “roots.”
  • Kenny Thomas (1995-99), who is living in California, came to the state for a free camp for kids in the Pueblo of IsletaKelvin Scarborough (1983-1987) was there helping.
  • Daniel Faris (2005–2009) was working at Davalos with Lucas Archuleta to get prepared for another year in Lebanon.

2 thoughts on “MBB Update: July 20-Aug. 2

  1. Pinchuk is a new member of the University of San Diego !
    Freshman Antwan January seems to have eligibility issues, so coaching staff needs to recruit one of the few remaining quality BIGS left in the NCAA Transfer Portal before it closes or recruit a JC Player if possible ASAP…. because UNM has to submit their final official roster by August 19th when the Fall Semester begins or what could be a great season could turn into another disaster without another Big man. Bragg and Manigault are foul prone and need backup which we do not have now that Pinchuk has left… then there is the nasty potential of injury ??? No good chance for a winning season without the BIGS to get rebounds for this team stacked with quality Guards and Small Forwards that love to run and push the ball. BUT… You cannot run if you can’t control the Defensive boards!!!

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