Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior guard Jahmar Young has been named the Verizon Wireless WAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 7-13. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award for Young.
“JY and I have been discussing the benefits of putting the team first, and obviously, this is a extra benefit to receive an individual accolade,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “I’m happy for him and even more proud that our team is gelling.”
Young helped the Aggies to their first non-conference road win in three years with an 87-80 victory at UTEP. He posted a team-high 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Young scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half to guide NM State to its first win in El Paso since 2006. The Baltimore, Md., native also knocked down a pair of 3-point field goals and hit a perfect 6-of-6 shots from the charity stripe. He also dished out three assists.
Currently, Young leads the Aggie offense with 19.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 85.9 percent at the free throw line. Young ranks second on the team in assists with 19.
The Aggies conclude their four-game road stint with a two-game swing in California. NM State meets UCLA, Tuesday, Dec. 15, and then Pepperdine, Friday, Dec. 18. Both contests are scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.