Men's Basketball News

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Men's Basketball News

WAC Suspends Ross-Miller For Two Games, Dixon For One Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Jeff Hurd today announced that New Mexico State men's basketball player KC Ross-Miller has received a two-game suspension and Renaldo Dixon a one-game suspension as a result of a violation of the WAC's sportsmanship policy following Thursday night's basketball game against Utah Valley in Orem, Utah.

“We talk to student-athletes on a regular basis regarding representing the brand of New Mexico State and our Athletics Department and other athletes,” NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said. “I’m so disappointed in K.C.’s actions and the embarrassment he caused his team and university.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Suspend KC Ross-Miller

Statement from head coach Marvin Menzies:

"After reviewing the tape of the game and the events that immediately followed, a decision has been made to immediately suspend KC Ross-Miller. No matter what provoked KC what he did was inexcusable and hence the suspension. It is an honor and a privilege to wear an Aggie uniform and a responsibility comes with that privilege. I will wait until I've had a chance to talk with our conference officials and university administration before any other disciplinary actions may or may not be taken. My initial assessment is that we're looking at two separate components, one being KC throwing the ball at Hunsaker and the other being the altercation between the players and the fans who rushed the floor. I would like to commend my staff for their immediate reaction to engage our players and remove them from the floor. We are currently reviewing several sources of video to accurately assess the situation. Obviously this was a very unfortunate incident and I'm hopeful that we can learn from it moving forward.”

Shawn Harrington Fundraiser

Editor's Note: We received the following e-mail this morning and would like to pass along this information. You can read the story in the Las Cruces Sun-News as well (Former Aggie shot while protecting daughter, currently paralyzed.

Dear Aggie Fans:

I’m sending you the background on an incredible and heartbreaking story about Shawn Harrington, the former New Mexico State point guard. Shawn attended – and until last week, worked at – Marshall High School in Chicago. If you saw the film “Hoop Dreams,” you know that school on Chicago’s west side. Shawn made a few cameos in the film. Shawn’s family had already been a victim of gun violence: a decade ago, Shawn’s mother, Frinda Harrington, was murdered in a botched break-in next door to the Kedvale Ave home he grew up in.

A week ago, Shawn himself was the victim of a mistaken identity shooting, while driving his daughter to school at 7:45 a.m. You can read about his heroic move that saved his daughter’s life in the Chicago Tribune piece below. Shawn is paralyzed, although that could change. As an employee of the Chicago Public Schools, he has health insurance, but of course that won’t cover everything – like retooling his home and car to make them wheelchair accessible.

A fundraiser has been set for Saturday, March 1, at Marshall High School. I’m asking for your help: I’m hoping you can spread the word on Shawn, and mention that the “Shawn Harrington Recovery Fund” has been set up at the Fifth Third Bank in Chicago. Any of their branches will accept a walk-in deposit. Or a check to the “Shawn Harrington Recovery Fund” can be mailed to:

Fifth Third Bank
2710 N Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 385-6050

Important phone numbers:
Dorothy Gators, Marshall Athletics Director (and hugely successful women’s coach)—cell 708.927.3541 – she is the event organizer and has known Shawn for 25 years; Marshall boys head coach Henry Cotton: 773.430.2291.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Mullings Repeats As WAC Player Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 27-Feb. 2.

Mullings, a junior guard from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Laurier HS), averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two wins last week to help the Aggies hold on to a tie for second place in the WAC standings. He was also a perfect 20-for-20 from the charity stripe. In an 89-86 victory over Bakersfield, Mullings led the Aggies with 19 points, including four points in the final two minutes of the game, to go along with six rebounds and two assists. He followed it up with a game-high 21 points while also tying for the New Mexico State lead in rebounds with eight in a blowout win over Utah Valley, which entered the game on an eight-game winning streak and was undefeated in WAC play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Mullings Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 20-26.

Mullings, a junior guard from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Laurier HS), scored a career-high 32 points in a 90-78 win over Texas-Pan American on Saturday, helping the Aggies break a two-game skid. Mullings went over the 30-point mark for the first time in his Aggie career and was NM State’s leading scorer on 9-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent) from the field and 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) from the free throw line. Mullings also had six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist.

Mullings is averaging 17.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game this season. He is shooting 45.8 percent (120-of-262) from the field this year.

Daniel Mullings Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference office announced on Monday, January 13, that junior guard Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 6-12.

Mullings led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Seattle U and Idaho last week. In a 96-87 win over Seattle U on Thursday, Mullings recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also tied a career-high with seven steals and dished out six assists. In NM State’s 78-54 win over Idaho, Mullings scored 16 points with six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

For the week, Mullings averaged 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game. He shot 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from the field, 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from the three-point line, and 60.0 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Daniel Mullings Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Daniel Mullings has been named Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 11-17.

Mullings, a junior guard from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Laurier), led the Aggies to a pair of wins last week against Hawai‘i and UTEP. Mullings scored 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting in a 95-88 win at Hawai‘i. He went 1-for-1 from beyond the arc and connected on 8-of-12 free throws. He also tallied five assists, two rebounds, one block and a steal. Mullings was named to the Rainbow Classic all-tournament team. In an 86-73 win over rival UTEP, Mullings scored a game-high 26 points. He connected on 9-of-14 shots (64.3 percent) from the field and hit 8-of-13 free throws. Mullings also registered two assists, two steals and a rebound in the win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Hoops Picked To Win The WAC By Coaches And Media; Mullings Named Preseason Player Of The Year, Sim Bhullar Named To First Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team was voted to win the Western Athletic Conference title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll as well as in the media poll. Junior guard Daniel Mullings was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.

NM State received eight of the nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and all 24 first-place votes in the media poll. According to the voting done by the leagues’ coaches, Seattle U is picked to finish second, Bakersfield third with Idaho and Utah Valley tying for fourth. The media poll has Idaho finishing second, Bakersfield third and Utah Valley fourth, just ahead of Seattle U.

“Anytime we get selected at the top it creates a challenge to try to defend the target that is on our back,” said head coach Marvin Menzies. “We have to be able to use this for motivation and at the same time we need to make sure we have our humility intact.”

Mullings, who is a first team and preseason player of the year selection in both polls, finished the 2012-13 season as a second team All-WAC honoree while posting 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

“Daniel [Mullings] is a gym rat and I can definitely see him as someone that will be a premier player in the WAC,” Menzies said. “He has his job cut out for him. He has done a great job for us so far and is the type of player that understands his weaknesses and continues to work on them. As a coach, one couldn’t have a better player to work with. ”

Sophomore Sim Bhullar earned first team preseason honors on both the media and coaches’ polls after he was named the 2012-13 WAC Newcomer team and being named the WAC Freshman of the Year. Bhullar marked 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last year and was the first NM State player to earn freshman of the year honors since James Moore in 2001 as a part of the Sun Belt Conference.

“Sim [Bhullar] developed a lot last season and we are hopeful that his development continues to grow throughout the year,” said Menzies. “Both Sim and Daniel understand that it is team first and both are very humble people and I am sure they will keep that team first mentality.”

The NM State men’s basketball program continues to make steady progression. The Aggies have reached the NCAA Tournament three times under head coach Marvin Menzies (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13) and hope to make it back for the third consecutive season. NM State was selected first in last year’s preseason coaches’ poll and second in the media poll after being selected second in the 2011-12 preseason coaches’ poll and third in the media poll. In 2007-08, the Aggies were selected first in the media poll and fifth by the coaches. That season, NM State tallied a 21-14 record while finishing as co-champions in the WAC regular season and falling in the WAC Tournament championship game to Boise State in three overtimes.

Aggie fans have a chance to get a look at the 2013-14 squad with the Crimson and White scrimmage, Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. The event is free. Season tickets and single game tickets are on sale at the Pan American Ticket office or by calling 575-646-1420.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision Basketball TV Schedule Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletic department released the planned television schedule for men’s and women’s basketball. AggieVision will televise 12 men’s basketball games and six women’s basketball games in 2013-14.

AggieVision can be seen in over 14 million homes via distribution agreements with Comcast, Fox Sports Arizona, Altitude Sports, KVIA-El Paso and Comcast Sports Net-Houston. Men’s home games in Las Cruces may be televised on a tape delay basis only.

2013-14 Men’s Basketball
Nov. 15 UTEP 7 PM
Nov. 20 Northern Colorado 7 PM
Nov. 25 Bethune-Cookman 7 PM
Dec. 4 New Mexico 7 PM
Jan. 9 Seattle U* 7 PM
Jan. 11 Idaho* 7 PM
Jan. 25 Texas-Pan American* 7 PM
Jan. 30 Bakersfield* 7 PM
Feb. 1 Utah Valley* 7 PM
Feb. 13 Kansas City* 7 PM
Feb. 15 Chicago State* 7 PM
March 6 Grand Canyon* 7 PM

2013-14 Women’s Basketball  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Adds Tanveer Bhullar To 2013 Recruiting Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has added Tanveer Bhullar to the 2013 Class. The 7-3 center joins the Aggies for the 2013-14 season.

A Toronto, Ontario native, Bhullar joins not only the Aggies but also his older brother, Sim, in Las Cruces after graduating from Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School in Ontario and playing for head coach Paul Melnik in the 2012-13 season. Bhullar led the Crusaders to a 38-2 record and averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three assists per game.

"Obviously signing Tanveer is a big get for us both literally and figuratively speaking,” Menzies said. “In the NCAA today quality size is rare, so to land Tanveer to complement our current roster is significant. Tanveer is a very talented center with a bright future. We welcome him to the Aggie Nation.”  Continue Reading This Post >>