Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

Zach Lofton Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State graduate student guard Zach Lofton has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 20-26. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The St. Paul, Minn., native averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 67.9 percent from the floor and 46.1 percent from three-point range in a pair of big wins last week. Lofton opened the week with a monster night against Colorado State, scoring 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds as NM State took down its second-straight Mountain West team in as many games. The 6-4 guard followed it up with 18 points and another eight rebounds against Battle of I-10 rival UTEP.

AggieVision :: Chris Jans Press Conference :: 11/06/17

NMSU Men's Basketball Picked To Finish Second In WAC Preseason Polls

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2017-18 New Mexico State men's basketball team was selected to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference in both the WAC Preseason Coaches and Media Polls on Wednesday.

"Fortunately, the league office doesn't hand out banners and trophies in the preseason," Aggie head coach Chris Jans remarked. "It looks like the preseason voting was close and it could eventually shape up to be a tight race down the stretch. We hope to be a part of a competitive conference season."

The last time NM State was picked to finish second in both polls came in 2010. The Aggies were picked to finish atop the league in both polls for four-straight season prior. The 2012 preseason media poll was the last time NM State didn't get picked to win the league crown. The previous year in 2011 was also the last time New Mexico State was picked second in both polls.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Releases 2017-18 Men's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The wait is finally over as New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans unveiled the 2017-18 schedule on Wednesday.

The schedule features 15 non-conference contests, including six, possibly seven, teams that recorded 20-plus wins last season – including six that saw postseason action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jans Completes Staff With Addition Of Schmitt And Austin

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans rounds out his staff with the hiring of Andy Schmitt and Jovan Austin. Schmitt will serve as the director of basketball operations while Austin serves as graduate assistant.

“Coach Schmitt was exactly what we were looking for to complete our staff,” Jans said. “He is smart, hungry, and productive. We are thrilled Andy and his family have elected to join our program!”

Schmitt comes to the City of Crosses after spending the last two seasons at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce where he was an assistant coach under head coach Sam Walker. While there, he helped the Lions reach the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-time in program history last season and saw two players named to the all-conference team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

David Anwar Joins NMSU Men's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans filled his final assistant coach position with the hiring of David Anwar.

“Coach Anwar brings a wealth of experience to our staff,” Jans remarked. “He is highly regarded in our business and respected for his productivity. Dave possesses a likeable personality and will build lasting relationships with our student-athletes and the NMSU community. I am very excited about Coach Anwar being a big part of our program!”

Anwar comes to Las Cruces after spending the past five seasons at North Texas under Mean Green head coach Tony Benford. There, he served as the team’s lead recruiter since joining Benford’s staff in 2012. While in Denton, Texas, Anwar helped North Texas rake in a top-50 recruiting class for 2013-14.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jeff Mailhot Joins NMSU Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced the addition of assistant coach Jeff Mailhot (pronounced MY-it) to his staff for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.

I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity Coach Jans has provided me at New Mexico State University,” Mailhot said. “Additionally, I would like to thank those who have mentored me over the course of my career, which has allowed me to be better prepared for this position. I'm blessed to be able to work under a proven winner, a tireless recruiter and someone I have considered from a far, to be one of the best coaches in the country. I am eager to not only work for him, but to learn alongside him and the rest of the staff. Having worked in the junior college ranks in West Texas, I am very familiar with NMSU and their storied tradition. For my wife and I, this was an easy decision to join the NMSU basketball family and I look forward to being able help continue their success!”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lamarcus Lee Signs With NMSU Men's Basketball For 2017-18

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Lamarcus Lee signed with New Mexico State for the upcoming 2017-18 season NM State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced.

“Lamarcus is a well-rounded person and player that oozes potential,” Jans said. “He is blessed with elite athleticism and paired with a strong work ethic, which will help him become a very successful Division I student-athlete. There is no limit to Lamarcus' ceiling. I expect him to have a productive and exciting career.”

Lee joins the Aggie basketball program after spending his freshman season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. The 6-2 guard led his team in scoring with 15.6 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game last season while shooting 40-percent from the floor. He’s also proficient from 3-point range, shooting 35-percent from beyond the arc in addition to his 2.5 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Adds Kortrijk Miles To Roster For 2017-18

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans announced the addition of Kortrijk Miles for the 2017-18 basketball campaign.

“I'm elated Kortrijk has chosen to attend New Mexico State and join our men's basketball program,” Jans said. “Kortrijk is a well-rounded person and player that comes from a basketball family.”

Miles comes to NM State after leading Lincoln High School to the quarterfinals of the Texas University Interscholastic League 4A State Playoffs. He was named the Texas 4A Player of the Year after guiding the Tigers to an undefeated season in district play (13-0) with an overall record of 27-5 while averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Continue Reading This Post >>