Weir impressed by Drinnon after his return

Freshman Drue Drinnon said he doesn’t just want to be part of a conversation, he wants to prove he can be the team’s point guard. Scott Forman/The Lobo Lair

Isabel Gonzalez

This is point guard Drue Drinnon’s first season as a Lobo and he has already experienced injuries that have made his freshman year not go as smoothly as he probably wanted. However, he has shown he has no problem bouncing back.

He sat out at the beginning of the season with an ankle injury. Recently he dealt with a concussion but made his return on the court on Tuesday night.

Drinnon registered 17 minutes and gathered eight points during New Mexico’s 82-70 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs. Head coach Paul Weir was pleased with his performance.

“Best game as a Lobo for sure. We’ve all seen different things from Drue this year,” the coach said. “I know it’s been a hot topic about who is our point guard. Drue has been in the middle of those conversations. I thought tonight was a game he went out and really just proved himself and made decisions on me or anyone else really hard.”

Drinnon has played 17 games as a Lobo, six of those as a starter. He is one of three point guards that Weir has in rotation, the other two being senior Anthony Mathis and redshirt sophomore Keith McGee.

While he is the youngest, Drinnon is not being overlooked by Weir.

“I’m happy for him in that way and I’m obviously happy for our team,” the coach said after Tuesday’s game. “Now it’s a real viable option that he is going to be able to come in in a game like this and do the things that we did.” 

Drinnon was in the room when Weir said that comment. When asked about his thoughts on it, Drinnon made it clear that he was not satisfied with where he was at at the moment.

“I take that very personally because I’ve been a point guard my whole life,” the player said. “Hearing that they don’t have a point guard, that kind of hurts me but I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just going to keep working and prove everybody wrong.”