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2010-2011 Aggie Men's Basketball Preview

The 2010-2011 New Mexico State men's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the WAC by both the league's coaches and media after winning the 2010 WAC Tournament and narrowly losing to eventual Final Four participant Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and in spite of losing nearly 40 points per game with the graduation of Jonathan Gibson and early departure of Jahmar Young.

The Aggies also suffered a setback in their frontcourt as Wendell McKines, the Aggies' best rebounder, suffered a broken foot in practice just days after the team opened practice for the 2010-2011 season leaving head coach Marvin Menzies to rely on role players and newcomers to fill the void left by McKines until his projected return at the beginning of 2011. "He's going to be sorely missed and it's a huge hit to not have Wendell here in our non-conference especially with our tough schedule," said head coach Marvin Menzies. But he also added, "I also feel like if other guys step up and pick up the slack, obviously you're not going to replace Wendell, but maybe you can replace him with two or three or four guys that get an extra rebound or two because Wendell is not around. It starts with the coaches and staff being willing to do the extra things to make sure the kids that are getting the opportunity to play are ready to take advantage of those opportunities."

Offensively the Aggies will need to find a way to replace roughly 50 points per game in scoring with the losses of Gibson, Young and McKines. If the Aggies' lone exhibition game is any indication, that shouldn't be an issue. The Aggies scored 98 points against Division II Eastern New Mexico.

The Aggies do return four other key members of their NCAA tournament squad in Hernst Laroche, Troy Gillenwater, Gordo Castillo and Hamidu Rahman. Those four combined with the newcomers and the potential return of McKines for WAC play gives the Aggies an excellent shot of repeating as league champions.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Men's Basketball November 2nd Practice Photos

NM State Men's Basketball November 2nd Practice Photos

Aggie Men's Basketball Team Picked To Finish Second By Coaches And Media

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the preseason WAC coaches and media polls. The Aggies are the defending 2010 WAC Tournament Champions.

Senior forward Wendell McKines and junior forward Troy Gillenwater were preseason first team All-WAC selections on both the coaches and media ballots. The Aggies were the only program to have two players on the first team.

The Aggies posted a 22-12 record in 2009-10 and won their second WAC Tournament title en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance. In its 18th tournament showing, NM State nearly upset Michigan State, a 2010 Final Four participant, in the first round.

“I had hoped that we would end up in the upper echelon, which we did, so that’s a good thing,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “Not being first and having a carrot to keep the guys motivated, I think is also good. But we’re also ranked high enough that we’ll have a target on our backs with the teams below us wanting to knock us off our pedestal. So this is the best of both worlds in terms of motivation for our players.”

NM State returns a strong nucleus from a year ago. The Aggies had five players with double-figure average in 2009-10, and Gillenwater has the highest returning average with 14.6 points per game. McKines follows with almost a double-double consisting of 10.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.

“I think those guys are primed and ready for stellar years,” Menzies said. “Wendell, being a senior, and having the experience and his track record in conference, it’s an excellent selection for him to take a step this year and being to move onto the first team. Troy has his obstacles behind him now, and he’s positioned to have stellar year. I’m hopeful that both of them use these preseason polls as motivation to try and live up to their own expectations to have a productive year.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2010-2011 Men's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With a WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team returns to the court in 2010-11 with 17 regular season games in the Pan American Center.

Currently, the Aggies have two nationally televised games on ESPN2 at San Jose State (Feb. 23) and against Utah State in Las Cruces (March 2).

Fourth-year head coach Marvin Menzies said he was pleased with the schedule that includes a trip to Arizona (Nov. 18) and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Springfield, Mass., (Nov. 20-21.)  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Adds Tom Lewis To Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has hired Tom Lewis as the team’s new coordinator of player development. Lewis joins the Aggies with a wealth of experience at the professional, college and high school levels.

"Adding Tom Lewis was a huge coup for us," Menzies said. "Tom brings an extensive breadth of knowledge to the program. He has worked with training NBA players such as Tyson Chandler. We’re very pleased and appreciative that Tom was wanted to come back to the college level with the Aggies."

In the 2009-10 season, Lewis was an assistant coach for the Cal State Los Angeles men’s basketball team. He spent the previous five years, from 2003-08, as the head boy’s basketball coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., following a stint as a women’s assistant coach at Rutgers in 2002-03.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Announces Staff Changes; Lewis Promoted, Steward Returning To Aggie Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With staff departures, New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has shuffled the deck. He promoted Gerald Lewis to assistant coach and brought back former Aggie Trei Steward as the strength and conditioning coach.

Lewis enters his fourth year with the Aggies and was the coordinator of player development for the previous three seasons.

"The continuity of transitioning from losing (assistant) coach (Chris) Pompey to hiring Gerald Lewis was a no-brainer after going through the interviewing process," Menzies said. "Gerald's professional playing experience along with his familiarity with NM State makes a perfect fit going forward."

Steward returns to NM State after a year away from the program. He was a center for the Aggies from 2006-08 and was a graduate assistant in 2008-09.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops To Play In Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament In Springfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team is slated to play in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament during the 2010-11 season, the organization in Springfield, Mass., announced Wednesday, May 12. The event takes place at the MassMutual Center, Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday Nov. 21. Eight schools are participating in two brackets of four teams over two days in an NCAA exempt tournament.

In addition to the two brackets that are playing in Springfield, each of the participating schools will play against each other in two additional games to be hosted on campus by Bradley University, New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts and University of Southern California.

In games scheduled for Nov. 20 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Bradley meets USC and the Aggies are facing UMass. The winners and losers of the Saturday games play on Sunday in the consolation and championship games.

"After looking at last year’s schedule, it was evident that we needed a tournament," head coach Marvin Menzies said. "We wanted a tournament with a high level of competition, and the opportunity to go to the Hall of Fame is a nice benefit to the tournament. The level of competition is the most important thing, and it fits in very well with the other games on our plate for next season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Issues Statement On Jahmar Young And Jacoby Patton's Future With NM State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has announced that junior guard Jahmar Young is not returning for his senior season and redshirt freshman guard Jacoby Patton has been dismissed from the team indefinitely, Tuesday, April 13.

"Jahmar Young will forgo his senior season at New Mexico State University," Menzies said. "He is in the process of hiring an agent and will pursue his professional career immediately. We wish Jahmar success in his future endeavors."

"On another note, Jacoby Patton has been dismissed from the team indefinitely," he said.

36 Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Winter Sports

The WAC announced the 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC teams for the winter sports and a total of 36 Aggies were honored. The women's track and field team led the way with a total of 16 honorees while swimming and diving followed closely behind with 14 honorees. The women's basketball team placed a total of five players on the list while men's basketball had one.

The 36 Aggie student-athletes join the 33 honorees for the 2009 Fall Academic All-WAC Teams. The Aggies placed six more student-athletes on the Academic All-WAC Teams for the winter sports than they did last year.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>