Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

Media Selects Aggies As Preseason Favorite, Siakam As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LAS VEGAS, NV - The Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to win the conference crown during the 2015-16 season and Aggie sophomore forward Pascal Siakam as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies received 13 first-place votes, earning 110 points. Grand Canyon was picked to finish second with 88 points, just ahead of Missouri-Kansas City in third with 87 points. CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish fourth with 76 points and one first-place vote, followed by Seattle U in fifth with 55 points. Utah Valley was picked to finish in sixth place with 37 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in seventh with 34 points and Chicago State in eighth with 17 points.

Reigning WAC Freshman of the Year Siakam was voted Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the Preseason All-WAC first team. Joining him on the first team are teammate Ian Baker, Aly Ahmed of CSU Bakersfield, DeWayne Russell of Grand Canyon and Martez Harrison of UMKC.

The Preseason All-WAC second team is comprised of Grand Canyon’s Joshua Braun, UT Rio Grande Valley’s Shaquille Hines, Kevin Mays of CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U’s William Powell and Deshaun Sunderhaus.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Coaches Select Aggie Men's Basketball As Preseason Favorites

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LAS VEGAS, NV - NM State is the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title in 2015-16, while Missouri-Kansas City junior Martez Harrison was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s eight head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies received 49 points and seven first-place votes to beat out Grand Canyon for top spot. The Antelopes captured second place with 39 points. CSU Bakersfield came in third with 36 points and the other first-place vote, edging out Missouri-Kansas City in fourth place with 35 points. Seattle U came in fifth place with 22 points, just ahead of Utah Valley in sixth with 20 points. UT Rio Grande Valley (13) and Chicago State (10) round out the poll.

Harrison, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining him on the first team are CSU Bakersfield’s Aly Ahmed, NM State’s Ian Baker and Pascal Siakam and Grand Canyon’s DeWayne Russell.

Second team selections include Joshua Braun (Grand Canyon), Hayes Garrity (Utah Valley), Shaquille Hines (UT Rio Grande Valley), Kevin Mays (CSU Bakersfield) and William Powell (Seattle U).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Announces 2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The defending outright Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State Aggies announced a challenging 31-game 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule that features games against nine postseason tournament teams from last season.

The Aggies face five teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament in 2015-16, with Robert Morris and Wyoming coming to the Pan American Center and road contests at Wichita State, Baylor and UC Irvine.

The Aggies went 23-11 last season while winning the outright WAC Championship by five games with a 13-1 conference record. The Aggies won their fourth consecutive WAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth as well.

Additionally, NM State has a pair of games with I-10 rival UTEP, an NIT participant, a home game with CBI participant Oral Roberts and two games with I-25 rival New Mexico.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Adds Brandon Mason To Men's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State men’s basketball welcomes the return of one of its own, as former Aggie Brandon Mason has been tabbed by NM State Head Coach Marvin Menzies the new Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

Mason has spent the last season as an assistant coach at New Mexico Highlands after two seasons as the video administrator at New Mexico.

“I’m so excited to be able to return to the Aggies,” said Mason. “This is a dream come true. I’ve been waiting on the opportunity to work with Coach Menzies and his staff, and to work with such a great program with a strong winning tradition.”

Mason played for the Aggies from 1999 to 2003, averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds for his career. He is part of the NM State 1,000-Point Club, scoring 1,051 points in his four seasons with the Aggies. He was also twice named the team’s defensive player of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twenty Aggies Earn All-Academic Honors For Winter Sports

DENVER, CO - The 2014-15 academic All-WAC men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been announced. A total of 276 winter student-athletes were named to the list including 20 New Mexico State student-athletes with the women's swimming and diving team garnering 13 honorees. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Pascal Siakam, So.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Brianna Freeman, So.
Sasha Weber, Jr.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Alyssa Cox, So.
Akuadasuo Ezenyilimba, So.
Diana Hawk, Sr.
Gabriela Rodrigues, So.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Alissa Bezenek, So.
Abigail Broome, So.
Natalie French, So.
Josi Gabaldon, So.
Jessica Legge, Sr.
Dorottya Lennert, Jr.
Logan Morris, So.
Emily Nightingale, Jr.
Chelsey Reber, Jr.
Lauren Reifel, Jr.
Cassandra Rupp, Jr.
Kara Schweitzer, Sr.
Mackenzie Soper, Jr.

Pascal Siakam, Daniel Mullings Earn NABC District 6 Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman Pascal Siakam and senior Daniel Mullings received more honors on Friday as the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the 2015 All-District 6 team.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, was chosen to the first team. Mullings, a 6-2 guard from Toronto, Ontairo, was honored as a second team selection.

NABC District 6 is composed of the Western Athletic Conference and Big Sky Conference.

The pair are half of the four WAC players chosen to the All-District teams.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Men's Basketball Draws 15-Seed, Faces 2-Seed Kanas Friday

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies drew No. 9 Kansas as their first opponent in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA selection committee tapped the Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (23-10) as a No. 15 seed in the Midwest Region, while Kansas (26-80, the regular season Big 12 champion and tournament runnerup, is the No. 2 seed.

The game will be Friday in Omaha, Neb., at the CenturyLink Center in the opening contest at 10:15 a.m. Mountain time (11:15 Central).

“While I was hoping we’d get a 13 or 14 seed, it really doesn’t matter,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “Because when you’re a 13-14-15, you’re playing the big boys.”

“Kansas is one of the storied college programs in the country, and we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Menzies added.

NM State is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the fifth in the last six years under Menzies.  Continue Reading This Post >>