Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

Weir Adds Jesse Bopp To Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, CA - New Mexico State head men's basketball coach Paul Weir announced the addition of Jesse Bopp to his staff on Friday afternoon.

"I'm really, really excited to join Paul, his staff and players," Bopp said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity in building the 'Paul Weir' brand within our program and externally as well."

Bopp joins New Mexico State after spending the 2015-16 season at Chattanooga under head coach Matt McCall where he served as an assistant coach.

"Jesse is exactly what we need," said Weir. "He is a smart, passionate, and loyal coach with a tremendous pedigree. He is undoubtedly a rising star and I am absolutely thrilled with this addition. The tutelage he has received from an array of terrific coaches is a perfect fit for how we want to play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lou Henson Named Special Advisor To Men's Basketball

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir announced the appointment of Hall of Fame coaching legend Lou Henson as Special Advisor to the Aggie program.

“I am ecstatic that Coach (Henson) will be joining our program,” said Weir. “To add a person of his competencies and experiences comes along once in a lifetime. To be able to lean on him is an opportunity I simply was not going to let slip away.”

Henson, inducted to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame last November, had a 41-year career as a collegiate head coach, all at the NCAA Division I level, posting a record of 779-412 with a 65.4 winning percentage.

He’s the all-time winningest coach at both New Mexico State and Illinois, and started his career at Hardin-Simmons.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Receives 2016 NBA Draft Combine Invite

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam has received an invitation to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine.

Siakam, the 6-9, 230 pound All-American forward for the Aggies from Douala, Cameroon, received the invitation late Friday night for the combine May 11-15 in Chicago.

Siakam declared for the NBA Draft earlier in April. He has not hired an agent in accordance with NCAA Proposal No. 2015-32 that was adopted in January 2016 so that he can maintain his NCAA eligibility during the process.

“I feel blessed to get the invitation,” said Siakam. “It’s a good step in right direction for me. I’m just wanting to show what I can do against everybody. It’s exciting.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Paul Weir Named New Mexico State Men's Basketball Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University announced the hiring of NM State associate head coach Paul Weir as the 25th men’s head basketball coach of the Aggies.

NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia introduced Weir at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“After a nationwide search that yielded several top candidates, I felt that the right coach and the right fit for the Aggie basketball program at this time was Paul Weir,” said Moccia. “Paul is an extremely passionate individual who I know will do everything in his power to keep our program successful, take it to new heights and excite the students as well as our community to get the Pan Am Center filled like it used to be.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named Honorable Mention AP All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam became the seventh Aggie in school history to be named an All-American with his selection to the Associated Press All-America team.

The 6-9 sophomore from Douala, Cameroon who led the Aggies (23-11, 13-1) to their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament, was named an honorable mention on the AP team.

The unanimous WAC Player of the Year, Siakam has also been chosen first team All-WAC, to the WAC All-Defensive Team, to the NABC All-District 6 first team and to the USBWA All-District VIII team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Selected To NABC All-District 6 Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam has added another honor to his collection as the National Association of Basketball Coaches selected him to the NABC All-District 6 first team.

The 6-9 sophomore from Douala, Cameroon led the Aggies (23-11, 13-1) to their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.

The unanimous WAC Player of the Year, Siakam has also been chosen first team All-WAC, to the WAC All-Defensive Team and USBWA All-District VIII.

Siakam leads the nation with 27 double-doubles, ranking eighth in rebounding with 11.6 boards per game and 25th in scoring with 20.3 points per contest. He is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging a double-double that averages 20 points a game. Siakam is also ranked 32nd with 2.24 blocked shots per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball To Face St. Mary's In NIT Opening Round

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State Aggies will travel to Moraga, Calif., to face West Coast Conference Co-Champion Saint Mary's on Tuesday night to open the 32-team National Invitation Tournament.

The game is set for a 9 p.m. Mountain start and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. NM State Hall of Famer Jack Nixon has the radio broadcast on the Aggie Sports Network.

The Aggies (23-10) are the No. 7 seed in the lower quadrant of the bracket, while Saint Mary's (27-5) is the No. 2 seed. Both teams lost in the championship game of their conference tournaments.

"We are very happy to continue our postseason play, especially with this young team," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "We'd hoped to get a Wednesday game, but we'll play the cards we've been dealt and leave Monday to play Tuesday."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named USBWA All-District

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The honors keep rolling in for New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam as he has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-District VIII Team.

Siakam has led the Aggies (22-9, 13-1) to a repeat regular season WAC Championship. NM State is now after its fifth straight WAC Tournament Championship this week at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

The 6-9 sophomore from Douala, Cameroon is one of the 10 players chosen to the All-District team by the sportswriters and is now eligible for the USBWA's All-America team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State's Siakam WAC Player Of The Year, Baker First Team All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and joins teammate junior Ian Baker on the first team as the conference released the 2016 All-WAC Teams today.

The duo led the Aggies (22-9, 13-1) to a repeat regular season WAC Championship and now seek to claim a fifth straight WAC Tournament Championship this week at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

In addition to both being chosen to the All-WAC first team, the pair were also selected to the WAC All-Defensive team.  Continue Reading This Post >>