New Mexico Rumors & News

  • Neck injury forces New Mexico's Devon Williams into retirement

    The Score "Devon Williams' basketball career is over after doctors advised him that getting back on the court could ultimately result in paralysis. New Mexico head coach Craig Neal made the announcement Wednesday, three days after Williams collapsed on the court with a severe neck injury against New..." November 19

  • New Mexico's Devon Williams (neck) OK after collapsing, school says

    Sporting News - NCAAB "New Mexico junior forward Devon Williams, who collapsed during Sunday's game at New Mexico State, was hospitalized overnight with a neck injury, but had feeling in all his extremities and was walking, the school announced. According to the Albuquerque Journal, it is unclear when Williams will..." November 16

  • Three-star small forward Damien Jefferson is off the board and headed to New Mexico

    Scout "The New Mexico Lobos got a key piece done in their 2016 class on Saturday evening. Legacy recruit, and Indiana native Damien Jefferson picked the Mountain West school. An athletic 6-foot-4 prospect, Jefferson committed while on his visit. All year long New Mexico was considered the favorite for..." September 21

  • New Mexico lands commitment from Serbian big for 2015-16

    College Basketball Talk "New Mexico’s 2015 recruiting class was completed on Tuesday morning as the Lobos landed a commitment from 6-foot-11 Serbian center Nikola Scekic, a source confirmed to was the first to report the news. Scekic spent the 2014-15 season at MMG Academy — which stands for..." June 16

  • Arizona's scheduling boycott of New Mexico will end in 2016

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Sixteen years after Lute Olson vowed Arizona would never schedule regional rival New Mexico again, the Wildcats' boycott is over. The two schools announced Monday they will begin a two-year series during the 2016-17 season with the Lobos visiting Tucson on Dec. 17, 2016 and the Wildcats..." May 12

  • San Diego hires Lamont Smith as coach

    Macon Telegraph "The University of San Diego has hired Lamont Smith as its new head men's basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday evening. Smith, 39, spent the past two years as the associate head coach at New Mexico under Craig Neal. He was a member of the San Diego basketball team from 1994-99,..." April 01

  • New Mexico's Arthur Edwards to pursue graduate transfer

    The Score "New Mexico junior guard Arthur Edwards is leaving the program, head coach Craig Neal told reporters Thursday. Edwards will graduate in the spring, making him eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer." March 27

  • New Mexico shuts down forward for the rest of the season

    College Basketball Talk "New Mexico junior Jordan Goodman will be out for the rest of the season, as the forward is shutting it down after facing multiple injuries during the year. Goodman and Lobo head coach Craig Neal announced the decision during a press conference on Monday and Goodman will have surgery to repair..." February 16

  • Lobos’ Cullen Neal to miss rest of the season

    Albuquerque Journal "Cullen Neal has played his last basketball game of the season. The University of New Mexico sophomore guard on Saturday made it official, he will apply for a medical hardship waiver with the NCAA due to the lingering effects of a high ankle sprain suffered in the Lobos third game of the season..." January 05

  • BYU, Oklahoma among eight teams to participate in 2015 Diamond Head Classic

    College Basketball Talk "With the 2014 Diamond Head Classic set to tip off in Honolulu on Monday, the eight-team field for next year’s event was announced on Sunday. Joining host Hawaii are Auburn, BYU, Harvard, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma and Washington State. Of the teams in the field four, BYU, Harvard, New..." December 23

  • Injury depleted New Mexico loses another player

    College Basketball Talk "New Mexico will likely have just eight scholarship players dress on Wednesday night as they take on Central Arkansas at The Pit, with Sam Logwood being the latest casualty. Logwood sprained his shoulder in Saturday’s win over Louisiana-Monroe and is expected to miss at least three games before..." December 18

  • No surgery required for Lobo guard Cullen Neal, out 3-5 weeks

    Albuquerque Journal "An MRI on the right ankle of injured University of New Mexico sophomore guard Cullen Neal revealed ligament damage, but not enough that would require surgery, Lobos coach Craig Neal said Wednesday morning. The severe ankle sprain suffered at the 17:11 mark of the second half of last week’s loss..." November 26

  • New Mexico guard Cullen Neal out with ankle injury

    Mountain West Connection "The New Mexico Lobos came up short in its opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off tournament as they fell, 69-65, to the Boston College Eagles. Yet, that is the least of the Lobos concerns since starting guard Cullen Neal is going to be out for a significant amount of time with a severe left ankle..." November 24

  • No major fracture but possible ligament damage for Cullen Neal, out indefinitely

    Albuquerque Journal "University of New Mexico sophomore guard Cullen Neal, the Lobos leading scorer, will likely be out for an extended period after injuring his left ankle in the second half of Thursday’s loss to Boston College in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Craig Neal told the Journal on Friday..." November 22

  • Lobos' Neal on Jordan Goodman: 'I don't see him playing before Dec. 1'

    CBS Sports "New Mexico's Jordan Goodman isn't likely to play this season before December 1st, Lobos head coach Craig Neal told on Monday. One of the top junior college players in the country last year, Goodman had knee surgery during the offseason and has dealt with several nagging injuries..." November 10

  • New Mexico makes Craig Neal the highest paid coach in the Mountain West

    Mountain West Connection "The New Mexico Lobos are very confident in head basketball coach Craig Neal. Monday morning the school announced a six-year deal that bumps Neal's salary to $950,000 per year, $200,000, more than he earned in his first year. This new deal makes Neal the highest paid coach in the Mountain West, and..." September 09

  • New Mexico crosses state line into Arizona for first 2016 commitment

    College Basketball Talk "The State of Arizona has proven to be a fertile recruiting ground for the New Mexico basketball program. Last July head coach Craig Neal landed a verbal commitment from 2015 shooting guard Dane Kuiper, and on Sunday he received a verbal commitment from another of the state’s top high school..." September 09

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Merv Lindsay is transferring from New Mexico

    Albuquerque Journal "University of New Mexico junior Merv Lindsay has requested, and received, a release from his scholarship from the Lobos men’s basketball team and will seek a transfer for the upcoming season. Lindsay, a 6-foot-7 wing player who transferred two years ago to UNM from Kansas, played in 20 games..." July 23

  • Samford transfer Tim Williams chooses New Mexico over Iowa

    The Daily Iowan "The Iowa men’s basketball team has lost out on yet another possible recruit. Former Samford University forward Tim Williams will play at New Mexico for the rest of his college career, he announced on Sunday. The 6-8 forward also considered Iowa and Nevada but ultimately chose to play for..." June 23

  • Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas leaving Lobo basketball team

    Albuquerque Journal "Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas wants to be a starter. And since the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard doesn’t see that as a realistic possibility at the University of New Mexico in the next couple of seasons, he requested, and was granted, his release from his scholarship from the Lobos basketball team..." May 01

  • New Mexico lands JC star Jordan Goodman

    CBS Sports "Jordan Goodman, one of the top junior college players in America, has committed to New Mexico, sources told The 6-foot-8 forward has two years of eligibility remaining and was one of the top high school players in the country a few years ago. Goodman previously committed to..." April 28

  • New Mexico's Alex Kirk declaring for the NBA draft

    CBS Sports "New Mexico center Alex Kirk will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, sources told Kirk, a 7-foot center, averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this past season for the Lobos. He had a couple of monster games throughout the season, including a 32-point,..." April 12

  • New Mexico's Alex Kirk declaring for the NBA draft

    CBS Sports "New Mexico center Alex Kirk will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, sources told Kirk, a 7-foot center, averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this past season for the Lobos. He had a couple of monster games throughout the season, including a 32-point,..." April 11

  • New Mexico's Craig Neal to Receive Two-Year Extension "University of New Mexico Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs has announced that head men’s basketball coach Craig Neal, who became the first rookie coach in school history to lead the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament, will receive a two-year contract extension. Neal, whose original contract was..." April 01

  • New Mexico's Craig Neal emerges as legitimate target at South Florida

    CBS Sports "New Mexico's Craig Neal has emerged as a legitimate target of South Florida's ongoing coaching search, multiple sources told on Thursday. No offer has been extended, the sources said. But it's not hard to connect the dots. USF's new athletic director, Mark Harlan, is a..." March 28

  • Cameron Bairstow uses physicality to power New Mexico

    USA Today "Let's get less physical. That was the aim of new NCAA basketball rules this season. But you can't legislate against the broad shoulders and bulk power Cameron Bairstow displayed as he seemed to fill up a hallway just walking Thursday into the locker room area at the Scottrade Center. When..." March 21

  • Stanford upsets New Mexico 58-53

    San Jose Mercury News "Stanford hadn't been to the NCAA tournament in six years, and the Cardinal doesn't want to go home. There was no sense of satisfaction after a 58-53 win over No. 7 New Mexico on Friday at the Scottrade Arena. Stanford is only looking forward. "Coach tells us, a lot of teams are just happy to..." March 21

  • New Mexico a formidable challenge for Stanford

    San Jose Mercury News "If Stanford wants to avoid being a casualty in New Mexico's campaign of #unfinishedbusiness, the Cardinal is going to have to cope with an Australian power forward who is so enthusiastic he heads to the weight room after most games. The Cardinal's opening-round NCAA tournament matchup against..." March 19

  • Lobos Face Stanford in St. Louis "In their quest to finish what Kendall Williams calls “unfinished business,” the No. 7 NCAA seed New Mexico Lobos know who, where and when: the No. 10 Stanford Cardinal in St. Louis on Friday. The winner of that game is expected to advance and play No. 2 seed Kansas which has a opening game..." March 19

  • NCAA Tournament snubs and surprises

    CBS Sports "Heading into the Selection Show, most bracketologists seemed to reach a relative agreement and consensus on the 68 teams in the field – and the four No. 1 seeds. Of course, the selection committee isn't part of the bracketology world, and messed up the consensus. So, who got snubbed and who..." March 17

  • New Mexico Lobos Take Down Aztecs to Claim MW Tourney title "Lobo Coach Craig Neal has his first championship ring as New Mexico's head man. His New Mexico Lobos also have some Mountain West jewerly. And senior Cameron Bairstow has a MVP trophy. “It was very special to me,” Neal said of his first title as a head coach. “I’ve told my guys that they’ll..." March 16

  • New Mexico 70, Boise St. 67

    ProSportsDaily "Cameron Bairstow had 23 points and eight rebounds as the Lobos held off the Broncos to advance to the Mountain West title game in Las Vegas. Kendall Williams scored 16 points for second-seeded New Mexico (26-6), which advances to meet top-seeded San Diego State (29-3) in Saturday’s championship..." March 15

  • New Mexico 93, Fresno St. 77

    ProSportsDaily "Cameron Bairstow scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the second-seeded Lobos to a win in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Alex Kirk also scored 21 points for New Mexico (25-6), which will play Boise State in Friday's semifinals. Kendall..." March 14

  • SDSU beats New Mexico for MW title

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Steve Fisher is an old school Big Ten basketball coach, from the days of Bobby Knight and Gene Keady. You play man-to-man defense because zones are soft, a cop-out, the ultimate sign of weakness. Guess how Fisher and his Aztecs just won a Mountain West championship on Saturday night. “I used..." March 09

  • New Mexico 80, Air Force 52

    ProSportsDaily "Cameron Bairstow scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Lobos downed the visiting Falcons to move one step closer to capturing the Mountain West title. Kendall Williams added 13 points and three assists for New Mexico (24-5, 15-2), which has won six straight contests and..." March 06

  • Bairstow Named a Finalist for Robertson Award "Senior forward Cameron Bairstow was one of 15 players named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Members of the association's board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 975-member USBWA will vote on the awards as well as the annual..." March 01

  • New Mexico looms for Aggies

    Salt Lake Tribune "As San Diego State rang up its huge win streak on the way to a top-10 national ranking, it seemed almost forgotten that 2014 was supposed to be the year of the Lobo. New Mexico had been picked to win the Mountain West. The Lobos were bringing in three starters who could start for any team in..." February 25

  • Arizona studying options for basketball game at football stadium

    Fox Sports Arizona "Arizona basketball in Arizona Stadium? It's a possibility. News has trickled out that Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is looking into the possibility of holding an in-season game in the 56,000-seat football stadium beginning next year. Late Monday night, New Mexico coach Craig Neal..." February 25

  • New Mexico Lobos/Bairstow Pound San Diego St. Aztecs 58-44 "A Mountain West championship might not have been claimed Saturday night in The Pit – the Aztecs get their West Coast rematch -- but a Lobos’ name was firmly stamped on the Player of The Year trophy. UNM’s seemingly unstoppable Cameron Bairstow ripped through one of the nation’s premier defense..." February 23

  • Wooden Award releases midseason list; Joel Embiid snubbed?

    CBS Sports "The Wooden Award released its midseason list of 25 players on Wednesday, and most of the usual suspects are on the list. Creighton's Doug McDermott is the favorite heading into the final six weeks of the season, but the talk of the sport for the past two weeks has been Kansas big man Joel..." January 23

  • Appreciating the underappreciated

    ESPN "North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren can’t catch much of a break. Even when I was ready to talk about how underappreciated he is nationally, he got overshadowed by Wake Forest guard Codi Miller-McIntyre. Miller-McIntyre made the game-winning basket to cap off a 20-point performance in the..." January 17

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