Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

NMSU Recruits Getting Head Start

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES - Spending time in high major programs has made an impact on New Mexico State University men's basketball coach.

Menzies was hired as a first-time Division I coach in large part to a successful career recruiting, which he has proven in his short time in Las Cruces.

Menzies, like those that he has worked under, likes to get the most of his talent.

"I like the idea of bringing in recruits and them not playing for a year so they can understand what college life is like," Menzies said. "Utilizing the Doña Ana Community College, we have been able to bring in some kids who weren't initial qualifiers out of high school."

With current redshirts Troy Gillenwater, Hamidu Rahman and Robert Lumpkins already at the branch campus, Menzies added two more guards in the last month. Terrance Joyner (Genesis One in Missisippi) and Faisal Aden (God's Academy in Dallas) are the latest two additions.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies To Host Long Beach State In O’Reilly ESNPU BracketBusters Game

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men"s basketball team was selected to host Long Beach State, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m., in the O"Reilly ESNPU BracketBuster. The two-day tournament features 100 teams from 16 conferences.

Head coach Marvin Menzies said he was happy with the selection, which is close to home for the Hamilton, Calif., native, but was discouraged the Aggies were not chosen for one of the 14 nationally televised games.

"I"m excited," he said. "I think it"s a great travel game for us next year. It allows us to get to Southern California, which is obviously one of my focal points in recruiting.

"I"m a little disappointed we didn"t get the chance to get on TV but I don"t know if we earned that with our wins this year."   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men Take On Hawaii On The Road

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With 10 games left in the regular season, the New Mexico State University men's basketball team seems to be heading in the right direction.

Now that Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies has a full compliment of players, the Aggies are finally able to play the type of style that Menzies hoped for since taking the head job last summer.

"It's something that we have been working on all year and it's part of who I am as a coach," Menzies said. "We were able to utilize that depth that we have gotten. We will try to give teams some havoc by pressing the rest of the year. It's a style of play that I like to play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Host Nevada

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The faces may have changed and the record has dropped, but it's always a big game when Nevada comes to Las Cruces.

The Wolf Pack enter tonight's game against New Mexico State 2-2 in Western Athletic Conference and boasting the league's top scorer in senior guard Marcelus Kemp. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at the Pan American Center. The game can be heard on KGRT 103.9-FM and in Spanish on 98.7 FM. AggieVision will replay the game in Las Cruces at 10 p.m. tonight.

"The competition between the two is definitely going to be peaked again," Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies said. "I think both of us needing a win right now would give it a little extra flavor."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pope Looking Forward

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For those New Mexico State University basketball fans that show up at the Pan American Center on Saturday, keep an eye on No. 15.

It will be the first game in the collegiate career of Aggies freshman forward Herb Pope.

"I just want to break a sweat and just play with my teammates and have fun," Pope said.

Pope joined the Aggies for good this week after he received NCAA clearance late last week. Pope practiced the last two days and will play when the 9-10 Aggies host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

"It was more running than I thought because we are in season but it was good," said Pope of Aggies practice. "I had some brain freezes sometimes, but everyone understands that I'm going to make mistakes early on because I don't know the offense right away."

Now that Pope has been cleared by the NCAA after missing the first 19 games, he can focus on basketball.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Clears Pope To Play For The Aggies

Written by: Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Herb Pope, the New Mexico State freshman forward who has dealt with eligibility troubles since arriving on campus last fall, has been cleared to play by the NCAA.

Athletic director McKinley Boston said Friday that the NCAA granted an initial eligibility waiver, meaning Pope can begin playing immediately.

"We are pleased that Herb has been cleared by the NCAA,'' Boston said. "We are disappointed that the process has taken this long but felt all along that he would be cleared to play.''

Pope had been ruled academically ineligible to play due to an alternative education program he took in high school. He challenged the ruling in court and a state district judge last month ordered an end to the ban.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Venture To Boise State For Road Game

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Matt Nelson knew something that others are starting to realize.

During Western Athletic Conference media days prior to the season, the Boise State power forward was confident that the Broncos would finish higher than the No. 5 slot that conference coaches and media selected the Broncos.

Nelson, the WAC Player of the Week the last two weeks, has proven to be prophetic as his Broncos enter tonight's game atop the WAC.

"We knew the other guys could contribute and they are proving it on the court and the entire team has responded," Nelson said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Search For First Win In Menzies Era

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State seeks its first victory of the season tonight at the Pan American Center after a pair of road losses over the weekend.

After suffering an 86-61 loss at No. 13 Duke on Monday, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies had a message for former NMSU coach Reggie Theus.

"I'm going to have to send Reggie a Thank You card for this schedule," Menzies said.

On Friday, the Aggies fell to Ohio 80-72 to open the season.

The Aggies wrapped up a long trip with a practice in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday and returned to Las Cruces Tuesday night. They host University of California-Davis tonight at 7 p.m. Tonight's game is the opening round of the inaugural Legends Classic, that concludes at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Nov. 23-24, when the Aggies face No. 16 Texas on Nov. 23 and either No. 7 Tennessee or West Virginia the following night.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Adds Weir To Aggie Staff

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has finalized his staff with the hiring of Paul Weir as director of operations, Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Weir is responsible for managing the program's daily operations, working with the Sixth Man Club, assisting in recruiting, organizing team travel and promoting community outreach.

"Paul comes to us from the Iowa staff that was very well organized and had a lot of basketball knowledge from the school of Bobby Knight," Menzies said. "Paul was able to ascertain a lot of that information. So he'll be a huge benefit, especially in our two match-ups against New Mexico, because of his familiarity with Steve Alford. He is a very energetic, enthusiastic individual that I think will have great chemistry with our kids and will be a tremendous asset to the program."   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Working On The Little Things

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - When New Mexico State University basketball players make a mistake during practice, they are punished by putting in some extra time on the treadmill.

The treadmill has been busy during practice this week after the Aggies turned the ball over 26 times in their first exhibition game on Saturday.

"Our treadmill has been heated up during practice and they know they will visit it," first-year head coach Marvin Menzies said.

The Aggies take the floor tonight in their final exhibition game against New Mexico Highlands.

Menzies said the Aggies have been working on patience on the offensive end.

"We have been making sure that we make the extra pass," Menzies said. "We want to get the base hits and not always go for the home run. We will have turnovers the way that we play, but we have to curtail them and not accept the turnovers that are unforced."  Continue Reading This Post >>