Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

NMSU Men's Basketball Releases 2018-19 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans unveiled the much anticipated 2018-19 schedule on Thursday that features a handful of marquee games inside the Pan American Center as well as games that’ll challenge the Aggies.

“Our upcoming schedule is very difficult and filled with many terrific programs,” Jans said. “We felt it necessary to reward our fan base with premiere matchups considering the Pan American’s 50th Anniversary. We are thrilled to host a top-25 program in Saint Mary’s and a Power 5 program in Washington State.”

The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament Champions open the season with three-straight home contests that features North Dakota State, Battle of I-10 rival UTEP and a 30-game winner in Saint Mary’s.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jan Adds Miller To NMSU Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans recently tabbed James Miller as his new assistant coach, filling the gap left open when associate head coach Lou Gudino left for Wichita State.

“Coach Miller is a young coach on the rise,” Jans said. “He has a wonderful reputation in college basketball and has been around success his whole career. James’ ability to cultivate relationships while being an excellent teacher of the game is a great combination. We are thrilled he and his family are joining our program.”

Miller comes to Las Cruces after spending the 2017-18 season on the North Texas staff that won the 2018 College Basketball Invitational title while also posting the nation’s fifth-best win-improvement with 12 games. The 20-18 overall record last year was the first 20-win season at UNT since the 2011-12 campaign.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Men's Basketball Coach Chris Jans Signs Restructured Contract

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced Thursday that head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans has agreed to a restructured contract that will keep him through the 2021-22 season.

“The success Coach Jans had in his inaugural season was phenomenal,” said Moccia. “After three-consecutive seasons with a new head coach, it was imperative for the program to retain him for the long term. Being fiscally responsible is a must at NM State Athletics and 100% of the funds towards the new contract came from private donors and funds made available through our recent debt extension.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jemerrio Jones Earns 2017-18 WAC Sportsmanship Award

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER – NM State men's basketball student-athlete Jemerrio Jones has been awarded the 2017-18 WAC Sportsmanship Award for his display of sportsmanship during the season.

The WAC received two nominations on behalf of Jones, the WAC Player of the Year, for his sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the season. The first came in February after the Aggies lost to Utah Valley in an important contest in Las Cruces. A Wolverine fan reached out via social media.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jemerrio Jones And Kelsey Horton Named 2018 Joe Kearney Award Recipients

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior softball player Kelsey Horton and senior men’s basketball player Jemerrio Jones are the 2017-18 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winners. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

Horton, the 2018 WAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, led the Aggies to both the WAC regular-season and tournament titles this season. She was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first team All-Pacific Region honoree and broke the all-time WAC record for home runs per game in WAC play at 0.67. A two-time WAC Hitter of the Week this season, Horton set the NM State single-season records for home runs (25) and total bases (154). Her 25 homers rank second all-time in WAC history (first in the bat testing era).   Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: Chris Jans Press Conference :: 03/26/18

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State Coach Chris Jans

CHRIS JANS: Obviously, we're thrilled to be here. It's what every young man that starts playing basketball dreams of playing in is March Madness, and certainly when you choose this profession as a basketball coach, this is the goal, to be in March Madness. I'm elated for our university, for the storied program, certainly to be able to give them another Championship in our first year is rewarding. They're used to winning. It's kind of an exhale moment when we won at GCU and we could add our team to the list.

Q. Chris, Gregg got a lot of questions about you earlier today. Your time at Wichita State. One of the things he said, I asked him what he learned from you or maybe what specifically he could remember.
CHRIS JANS: Nothing.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State Players

Q. Zach, you've probably been asked this quite a bit over the course of the year, but for those of us who haven't re been around the program, what led you to transfer to New Mexico State this year?
ZACH LOFTON: My coach back home, Brian, he spoke with Coach Jans and Jeff Mailhot and told me to come take a visit, me and my mom to come down there and check it out. You know what I mean? You don't have to go there, but check it out. We went down there and found a home. My mom loved it, so picked it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Quotes :: Clemson Players

Q. First of all, how are you guys enjoying the trip so far? Is it everything you would have imagined being part of the NCAA Tournament?
GABE DeVOE: Yeah, just getting adjusted to the time. Had great dinner with the team yesterday, just exciting and ready to play tomorrow.

Q. I was talking to Tim yesterday and he was talking about the Barcelona trip and how that incident in front of the team hotel with the bombing brought the team together. Can you talk about that moment and what it was like to go through it and do you think that was a turning point in terms of how this team came together as one and how it carried you guys through the season?  Continue Reading This Post >>