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Marvin Menzies Named WAC Coach Of The Year, Pascal Siakam Named WAC Freshman Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Western Athletic Conference regular season champion New Mexico State collected a lion’s share of the postseason honors as the WAC recognized its outstanding players on Tuesday.

NM State Coach Marvin Menzies was named the WAC’s Don Haskins Coach of the Year, while redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam was chosen Freshman of the Year and senior Daniel Mullings joined Siakam as a member of the All-WAC first team.

Seniors Tshilidzi Nephawe and Remi Barry were selected to the All-WAC second team.

The balloting was done by the head coaches of the conference, who could not vote for their own players.

“This shows the depth and the talent of our team to be able to have four players chosen to the all-conference team,” said Menzies. “This really is a reflection of the team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lou Henson To Be Inducted Into Collegiate Basketball Hall Of Fame

The Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will include Aggie coaching legend Lou Henson. The eight-member induction class includes Rolando Blackmon (Kansas State), Quinn Buckner (Indiana), John Havlicek (Ohio State), Ed Ratleff (Long Beach State), Charlie Scott (North Carolina) and coaches Lou Henson (Hardin-Simmons, New Mexico State, Illinois), Don Donoher (Dayton) and Zip Gayles (Tennessee A&I, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Langston).

Henson amassed 779 victories at three different schools and led both New Mexico State and Illinois to Final Four appearances and is the winningest coach at both New Mexico State (289) and Illinois (423).

The class will be enshrined on Friday, November 20 at the Midland Theater and will be part of the CBE Classic weekend.

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State freshman forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 9-15. This is his second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tshilidzi Nephawe Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 2-8. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Johannesburg, South Africa, native averaged a double-double of 14.0 points and 11.5 rebounds to go along with 1.0 assist and 1.0 block per game last week as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week to take a two-game lead atop the WAC standings. He shot a blazing 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the field over the two games. Nephawe opened the week with eight points and 11 rebounds in a win at Chicago State. In a road win over second place Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, he posted season highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State freshman forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 19-25. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Doula, Cameroon, native averaged a double-double as he directed the Aggies to a pair of wins last week to take sole possession of first place in the WAC standings. Last Thursday, Siakam led NM State with his fifth double-double of the season, netting 18 points and 11 rebounds with two blocks in handing Grand Canyon its first WAC loss (85-63) of the season. He then just missed consecutive double-doubles as he scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds, including seven on the offensive side, to go along with two blocks and two assists as the Aggies knocked off defending WAC regular-season champion Utah Valley, 69-44. The WAC’s leader in field goal percentage and blocked shots, Siakam averaged 13.5 points on 54.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists on the week.

Daniel Mullings To Miss At Least Eight Weeks Due To Injury

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State senior guard Daniel Mullings will be out a minimum of eight weeks after suffering an injury during practice.

NM State head coach Marvin Menzies made the announcement Saturday morning .

“Daniel broke a finger on his right hand in practice on Thursday,” said Menzies. “After extensive medical consultations on Friday, it was determined surgery on his finger will be required.”

“Not having Daniel is a great loss, but his leadership will remain with us on the bench,” Menzies added.

Mullings is second on the team and eighth in the WAC in scoring with 13.4 points a game, while leading NM State and ranking fourth in the WAC in rebounding with 7.4 boards a contest. He is also leading the Aggies and ranks third in the conference in steals with 2.0 per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Anthony January To Miss 2014-15 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies announced today that forward Anthony January will get further medical treatment for his injured ankle that will force him to miss the 2014-15 basketball season.

A 6-8 sophomore transfer from Los Angeles, Calif./Taft via Cerritos JC suffered the injury during preseason practice with the Aggies.

“Obviously not having Anthony will have a huge impact this season,” said Menzies. “But more importantly, this will allow him to get healthy as soon as possible and have a full recovery.”

NM State will seek a hardship waiver for January because of the medical condition.

January was a four-star recruit and high school all-American coming out of Los Angeles’ Taft High School. He averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds as a senior in leading his team to a 29-5 overall record.

Aggie Men's Basketball Picked To Win WAC By Coaches, Media; Mullings Named Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State is the unanimous preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title, while Aggie senior Daniel Mullings 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 Seattle U for top spot. The Redhawks captured second place with 38 points and the other first-place vote. Grand Canyon came in third with 35 points, while Utah Valley finished fourth with 28 points. Bakersfield came in fifth place with 27 points, just ahead of Missouri-Kansas City in sixth with 25 points. Chicago State (11) and Texas-Pan American (11) round out the poll.

Mullings, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining him on the first team are teammate Tshilidzi Nephawe, Grand Canyon’s Jerome Garrison, Martez Harrison of Missouri-Kansas City and Isiah Umipig of Seattle U.

Second team selections include Daniel Alexander (Grand Canyon), Shaquille Boga (Texas-Pan American), DK Eldridge (New Mexico State), Zach Nelson (Utah Valley) and Clarke Rosenberg (Chicago State).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Changes To Men’s Basketball Season Ticketing Structure

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Department of Athletics is excited to announce transformational changes to the season ticket pricing structure at the Pan American Center for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

NM State has eliminated the required seat donation that has been charged since the 2006-07 season. Now, fans that join the Aggie Athletic Club (AAC) will be eligible to purchase season tickets anywhere in the arena, including all seats in the lower bowl.

All lower bowl seats, except those located in sections 101 and 103, will be reserved for Aggie Athletic Club members. Aggie Athletic Club memberships start at just $100 per year and proceeds go towards student-athlete scholarships.  Continue Reading This Post >>