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AggieVision :: 2010 NM State Football :: Fall Practice Day One

The Daily Aggie :: 08/12/10

Media day is today for the football, volleyball and women's soccer teams and all three have started practice for the 2010 season.

Aggie football completed their first day of practice and the NM State athletic website has a video report with Coach Walker.

The Aggie men's basketball team split a pair of exhibition games on Wednesday winning 98-93 in overtime over McGill University and then losing 74-68 to Carleton. We aren't too worried about the loss to Carleton. The Aggies played without four players (McKines and Gillenwater who are not playing at all on this trip and Bandja Sy and Chili Nephewe). The Canadian trio of Hernst Laroche, Christian Kabongo and Tyrone Watson scored 41 of the Aggies' 68 points. Also keep in mind that it was the Aggies' fourth game in two days and the first game on Wednesday went to overtime. That's a lot of basketball in a very short timeframe and there isn't any situation during the season in which the Aggies would ever be playing four games in two days.

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Aggie Hoops Splits On Day Two

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAINT LAMBERT, Quebec (Aug. 11) – The New Mexico State men’s basketball team beat an alumni team from McGill University, 98-93, in overtime in an exhibition scrimmage on the Champlain College campus in Saint Lambert, Quebec.

In overtime, the Aggies scored the first seven points to help secure the win. NM State had five players in double-figures with freshman guard Christian Kabongo posting a team-high 19 points. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson had 18 while junior center Hamidu Rahman scored 17. Junior guard Hernst Laroche finished with 15 points, including two free throws at the end of regulation to force the extra time, as senior guard Gordo Castillo tallied 14.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Football Opens 2010 Practice; Walker Bans Team From Twitter

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Day one of the 2010 NM State football fall camp is in the books and the energy and excitement around the team hasn't been higher. The Aggies put together a two and a half hour practice on Wednesday afternoon, consisting of individual and team drills, as well as special teams and offensive versus defensive competitions.

The team was dressed in shorts and helmets, as it goes through the NCAA mandated five-day acclimation period before they jump into full pads on Sunday, Aug. 15 and two-a-day practices, which starts on Aug. 16.

NM State's football team opens the season, Sept. 11, at home against San Diego State.

Walker Bans Twitter for Football Team During 2010 Season

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, NM State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced that he has banned the team from using Twitter during the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/11/10

The New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up a pair of exhibition victories on their summer tour in Canada yesterday. They edged out an 80-76 victory over McGill University and then coasted to an 88-57 victory over Vanier.

Gordo Castillo led the Aggies in the first game with 21 points, 16 in the second half while Bandja Sy led the Aggies in the second game with 21 points, 17 in the first half. Gordo added 15 in the second game and B.J. West scored 16 in the second game.

That's good news for the Aggies who will have to replace the 40-plus points per game that walked out the door at the end of last season with the departures of Jonathan Gibson and Jahmar Young. Add in the fact that Troy Gillenwater did not play (and will not be playing due to injury) nor did Wendell McKines (passport must not have arrived in time?) and at least early on it looks like the Aggies might not miss a step in the scoring department.

While we're on the subject of basketball, as we suspected, the WAC men's basketball schedule is complete and we're just waiting on an official release by New Mexico State. However, we do have a couple of dates for you to circle on your calendar. The Aggies will play Nevada on Thursday, January 28th in Reno and then they'll host Nevada on Saturday, March 5th (what appears to be the final game of the regular season). That should make for an interesting Senior Night game.

We just wrapped up writing our WAC Summer Check-In article (should be posted in the next few days) for our friends at Rush The Court and one of the things that really stood out is the huge turnover in talent league-wide. Louisiana Tech loses it's top three scorers and rebounders, Fresno State lost an NBA lottery pick (plus dismissed their best point guard), Nevada lost two NBA draft picks plus a couple other seniors all of whom accounted for almost 85 percent of the Pack's scoring, Idaho loses their entire starting five from last year, Boise State is breaking in a new coach in Leon Rice, same for Hawai'i plus they lose their best player in Roderick Flemings. Utah State became the defacto favorite because they only lose one starter from last year's squad, Jared Quayle (though, they'll pay the piper in 2011 when they have to replace have their roster). New Mexico State would have likely been the top preseason pick but losing Jahmar Young along with Jonathan Gibson, almost half their point production from last season, knocks them down a peg. San Jose State returns the arguably the best player in the league in our opinion and certainly the best scorer in the league in Adrian Oliver.

A very very very early assessment leads us to believe that it's Utah State, New Mexico State in the upper tier of the WAC and then it's essentially a Pick 'Em from spots three through seven (though Nevada always seems to find a way to restock).

Aggie volleyball practice is underway as the team is going through two-a-days. We spoke with head coach Mike Jordan yesterday and we're putting together our annual volleyball preview (hopefully publishing it next week). We also spoke with senior Whitney Woods, one of three seniors on the club along with Kayleigh Giddens and Brynja Rodgers (Brynja must sit out this season after transferring back to New Mexico State from Florida) who is very confident heading into her final season. Be sure to check out our feature story on Whitney.

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