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Men's Basketball News

Pascal Siakam Selected In The First Round Of The 2016 NBA Draft By Toronto

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Former New Mexico State men’s basketball power forward Pascal Siakam secured his name into Aggie lore on Thursday after being selected in the first round by the Toronto Raptors as the 27th pick overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Siakam is just the third player in NM State history and the first in 46 years to be drafted in the first round since Sam Lacey (fifth overall) and Jimmy Collins (11th) in 1970. The Douala, Cameroon, native is also the first player drafted in the NBA since Randy Brown, who was the fourth pick in the second round of the 1991 NBA Draft.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Guy Meyer Added As NMSU Men's Basketball Director Of Operations

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir continues to build his staff, naming Guy Meyer as his director of basketball operations.

“Guy is a terrific addition to our program,” Weir said. "He has been a school teacher, a collegiate and professional player and also a successful college coach here at nearby Cochise. Finding a native New Mexican with his skill sets is a tremendous opportunity for us. We are excited to have both him and Jesse now on staff as we continue to create new beginnings.”

Meyer comes to Las Cruces after spending the last five seasons at Cochise College as an assistant coach under Jerry Carillo. While in Sierra Vista, Ariz., Meyer helped guide the Runnin’ Apaches to four 20-win seasons.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Adds Ohio State Transfer A.J. Harris

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Paul Weir announced the addition of A.J. Harris, a freshman transfer from Ohio State. Harris will sit out the 2016-17 due to the NCAA transfer rule.

“A.J. may be one of the more heralded guards we have ever signed here,” Weir said. “For him to choose New Mexico State says a lot about our program and his belief in where we are headed. His profile fits exactly where our model is headed on several levels. He will push Ian every single day to serve us this year and then next year potentially be a tremendous replacement.”

Harris, a 5-9 guard, was a four-star recruit coming out of high school according to ESPN, Rivals and 24/7Sports. He was also ranked No. 14 in his position, 16th in his region and fourth in the state of Ohio according to ESPN – as well the No. 80 recruit in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam To Forgo Remaining Eligibility, Remain In NBA Draft

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After numerous workouts and discussions with his family, New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

"I think all of us are going to become cheerleaders on June 23rd for Pascal," head coach Paul Weir said. "We are so thankful for everything he did here and are looking forward to following his career,"

Siakam, a 6-9 forward, led the nation with 27 double-doubles as a sophomore. Of the 22 NCAA Division I players that averaged a double-double, the Aggie All-American was the only player that averaged more than 20 points a game. Siakam finished the year ranked in several national statistical categories, averaging 20.3 points (26th), 11.6 rebounds (eighth) and 2.4 blocked shots (32nd).  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>