Quick look at incoming Lobos (2020-21)

Quick look at incoming Lobos (2020-21)

Isabel Gonzalez

The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team has officially given out all of its scholarships for the 2020-21 season. Here is a quick look at the new players.

Note: The first player to commit was 6’9″ power forward Bayron Matos, but he joined the team early, arriving to New Mexico in January.

Nolan Dorsey
On Oct. 6, less than 24 hours after Matos, Dorsey announced his commitment.

The 6’6 point guard played limited time his last two years at Millbrook High School in North Carolina due to injury. His junior season he had a concussion, and the following year he said he was “just working through some stuff and could never get fully healthy.” However, Dorsey said he is healthy now and ready to play. He is known for being a good passer.

Javonte Johnson
Johnson’s Cheyenne Mountain team in Colorado Springs, CO made it to the second round of playoffs. The 6’6″ SG/SF was a key piece during the entire season, averaging a double double of 30 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. It’s no surprise that he earned Class 4A Player of the Year honors.

He received an offer from the Lobos in June and did official and unofficial visits before committing mid October.

Assane Ndiaye
Ndiaye is from Senegal but comes to the Lobos from Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas.

The 7’1 center missed the first part of his 2018-19 season due to injury, but finished with an average of 12.2 points per game, a total of 92 points, while shooting 55.6% from the field. That same season, he also helped the defense with 29 blocks.

Jeremiah Francis
Francis averaged 15.3 points and 5.1 assists as a sophomore at Pickerington Central High School in Ohio. He didn’t play during his last two years due to knee injuries.

He went to North Carolina during his freshman year of college. The 6’0 point guard played 16 games with the Tar Heels, averaging 13.6 minutes, 3.3 points and 1.6 assists per game. Francis entered the transfer portal in April.

Saquan Singleton
Singleton ranked No. 22 in jucorecruiting.com’s 2020 prospect rankings. During his sophomore season at Hutchinson Community College, he averaged 11.8 points per game (while shooting at 54.3% from the field), 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He chose New Mexico over Kansas State, TCU, Pacific and Alabama early April.

Read in the Forum: Get to know Saquan Singleton

Rodger (Rod) Brown
Brown had committed to Tulsa in April so it came as a little bit of a surprise to everyone when he decided to go New Mexico instead in early May. Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith said Brown was a decent shooter but his talent was most obvious in the defense.

The 6’7″ forward played for an undefeated Pearl River Community College Wildcats team last season, averaging 13.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Prior to his time in junior college, he was at Wichita State for two years. He redshirted the first one and appeared in 36 games the second, although he only averaged around seven minutes of playing time.

Returning Players:

  • Bayron Matos, freshman
  • Daniel Headdings, redshirt freshman (walk-on)
  • Emmanuel Kuac, sophomore
  • Kurt Wegscheider, sophomore
  • Jordan Arroyo, junior (walk-on)
  • Tavian Percy, junior
  • Clay Patterson, junior (walk-on)
  • Makuach Maluach, senior
  • Zane Martin, senior
  • Keith McGee, senior