NMSU Men's Basketball Announces 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir announced the signing of Tyree Robinson, Gabe Hadley, L.J. Figueroa and Jachai Simmons on Thursday. The signing class is the first for Weir since taking over the program this past spring.

Tyree Robinson
6-5 | 220 | Forward
Odessa College (Durfee HS) | Fall River, Ma.

2015-16 (Odessa College): Saw action in 26 games and started in eight as a freshman at Odessa College where he averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 boards…shot a ridiculous 70.4-percent from the floor (69-of-98) and 75.8-percent from the charity stripe (25-of-33)…helped guide Odessa College to a 14-game winning-streak that lasted just over two months…posted 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eighth boards in his first collegiate game against University of Southwest…followed up with six points against Sunrise Christian before tallying double-digit points the next three games…recorded a then-season-high 16 points against Arizona Central College…scored a career-high 17 points against Frank Phillips College on 8-of-9 shooting…pulled down a career-high eight rebounds twice, once in collegiate debut and then again at Midland College…posted a 3.33 GPA his first year and landed on the honor roll and dean’s list…

High School: Played two years at Durfee High School where he averaged 25.7 points, 13.5 rebounds, six blocks and 2.5 steals in his senior campaign at DHS…first player named to Boston Herald Dream Team since Chris Herren (1994) at Durfee High School…posted 22.2 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks and 3.3 steals per game while also earning Boston Herald All-Scholastic distinction as a junior…was a member of the EYBL (2012-14) team that won the AAU National Championships as a freshman and sophomore in high school (2011-12)…also captured the Victor Rho Tournament in Milan, Italy, as a member of the Boston Athletic Basketball Club in 2012.

Quotable: “Tyree is a relentless player that embodies everything we want this program to be about. His toughness, motor and mentality have become legendary on the teams he has played on and I can’t wait for him to arrive here at New Mexico State. His ability to rebound, run and defend will fit in perfect with our style of play.”

L.J. Figueroa (@Lj_Figueroa)
6-5 | 180 | Guard
West Oaks Academy | Tampa, Fla.

High School: Transferred to West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., for his senior season after spending his last two years at Oldsmar Christian…is a four-star recruit according to ESPN, 247Sports.com, Rivals and Scout…ranked No. 10 in the state and 24th by position via ESPN…guided Oldsmar Christian to back-to-back 25-plus win seasons and finished his final two season there 53-13 and 18-4 in league play…ranked No. 7 in the state of Florida according to MaxPreps as a junior…was the second-leading scorer in the Under Armour Association circuit, averaging 20.4 points for Team Breakdown and registered a game-high 41 points for the association this past year.

Quotable: “LJ is an exceptionally talented prospect with the ability to play multiple positions on the court. His ability to fit into our style of play will be seamless given his dynamic offensive skill set and his willingness to run the court and defend. His future is incredibly bright and it will be funt o watch him grow as an Aggie.”

Gabe Hadley (@GabeHadley8)
6-3 | Guard
Melbourne, Australia

Before NM State: Played for VIC Metro (2014-Pres.) after spending his freshman and sophomore year at Scotch Oakburn College before moving to Templestowe College in Melbourne…averaged 17.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist with VIC Metro while earning all-tournament second-team honors...knocked down a game-high eight 3-pointers and finished with 34 points against Queensland South at the U18 Australian Junior Championships…was invited to attend a four-day NBA Without Borders camp in Taipei where he was coached by NBA veterans like Ronny Turiaf, Nick Batum, John Salmons and Cody Zeller.

Quotable: “Gabe is an exciting prospect for us on multiple levels. He is the best shooter in his class in Australia. From going against some great Australians the past few years, I have come to have deep respect for their toughness and work ethic. Adding this with Gabe’s perimeter offensive skills will be a terrific fit for our style of play going forward.”

Jachai Simmons (@TrustNchai11)
6-7 | Forward
Plainfield, N.J. | Midland College

2015-16 (Midland College): Earned first-team all-conference honors as a freshman with Midland College, averaging 14.4 points and 6.6 boards while shooting 43.8-percent from the floor…played against current Aggie shooting-guard Chancellor Ellis and forward Marlon Jones last season…scored a season-high 26 points against Ellis’ New Mexico Military Institute team on 10-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds…dropped 20-plus points eight times, including three-straight in the heart of conference season…pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds twice, first against Seward County (11/21) and then again against New Mexico (1/18).

High School: Was a four-year letter winner for Plainfield High School…ranked No. 70 in the state as a senior according to MaxPreps.com…named to the 2015 NJSCA All-Star Basketball Classic for the north team.

Quotable: “Jachai brings length and versatility to our team on both ends of the floor. His ability to get up and down and create plays fits perfectly with our style of play. His offensive ability to score at all three levels impacts us immediately and will help develop our offensive scoring power going forward.”