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2017 Basketball Recruiting Class
New Mexico State 2017 Recruiting Class


POINT GUARD

Shunn Buchanan - 6'0 - Sophomore - Northeast Mississippi CC

Stats
  • 12.7 PPG
  • 3.1 RPG
  • 5.3 APG
  • 47% FG%
  • 37% 3FG%





SHOOTING GUARD

Lamarcus Lee - 6'2 - Sophomore - Copiah-Lincoln CC

Stats
  • 15.6 PPG
  • 4.9 RPG
  • 2.5 APG
  • 40% FG%
  • 35% 3FG%

Lamarcus Lee Freshman Highlights Part 1

Lemarcus Lee Freshman Highlights Part 2

Gabe Hadley - 6'3 - Freshman - Launceston, Australia

Stats
  • 18.0 PPG
  • 5.0 RPG
  • 2.0 APG





SMALL FORWARD

Wayne Stewart - 6'6 - Junior - Lamar CC

Stats
  • 18.3 PPG
  • 6.8 RPG
  • 1.3 APG
  • 47% FG%
  • 37% 3FG%





Kortrijk Miles - 6'4 - Freshman - Dallas, Texas

Stats
  • 22 PPG
  • 12 RPG

Kortrijk Miles Senior Highlights
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From these, I like Miles the best.
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RE: 2017 Basketball Recruiting Class
Since no one likes to poke the bear "CA" anymore... I will play devil's advocate for some of the other WAC recruits. These are five non-Aggie recruits I think will make a splash in the WAC...

Cal State Bakersfield

POINT GUARD

Rickey Holden - 5'11 - Junior - Jones County JC (MS)

Stats
  • 13.3 PPG
  • 4.5 RPG
  • 4.9 APG
  • 53% FG%
  • 39% 3FG%

Highlights

COMBO GUARD

Jarkel Joiner - 6'1 - Freshman - Oxford HS (MS)

Stats
  • 36.5 PPG
  • 5.4 RPG
  • 1.8 APG

Highlights

Grand Canyon

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Damari Milstead - 6'2 - Freshman - Moreau Catholic HS (CA)

ESPN - 3-stars
Rivals - 3-stars
Scout - 3-stars

Stats
  • 25.8 PPG
  • 4.8 RPG
  • 5.2 APG

Highlights

POWER FORWARD

Roberts Blumbergs - 6'10 - Freshman - Get Better Academy (Latvia)

Scout - 4-stars

Stats
  • 16.5 PPG
  • 9.8 RPG
  • 1.5 APG

Highlights

Utah Valley

POINT GUARD

Ben Nakwaasah - 6'1 - Junior - Jacksonville College (TX)

Stats
  • 22.3 PPG
  • 3.3 RPG
  • 5.0 APG
  • 42% FG%
  • 40% 3FG%

Highlights
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How does joiner only get 1.8 assists a game? I understand that he got all the points but you're telling me he couldn't get it to a teammate to score 3 times a game?
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(06-26-2017 02:21 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  Since no one likes to poke the bear "CA" anymore... I will play devil's advocate for some of the other WAC recruits. These are five non-Aggie recruits I think will make a splash in the WAC...

Cal State Bakersfield

POINT GUARD

Rickey Holden - 5'11 - Junior - Jones County JC (MS)

Stats
  • 13.3 PPG
  • 4.5 RPG
  • 4.9 APG
  • 53% FG%
  • 39% 3FG%

Highlights

COMBO GUARD

Jarkel Joiner - 6'1 - Freshman - Oxford HS (MS)

Stats
  • 36.5 PPG
  • 5.4 RPG
  • 1.8 APG

Highlights

Grand Canyon

POINT GUARD

Damari Milstead - 6'2 - Freshman - Moreau Catholic HS (CA)

ESPN - 3-stars
Rivals - 3-stars
Scout - 3-stars

Stats
  • 25.8 PPG
  • 4.8 RPG
  • 5.2 APG

Highlights

POWER FORWARD

Roberts Blumbergs - 6'10 - Freshman - Get Better Academy (Latvia)

Scout - 4-stars

Stats
  • 16.5 PPG
  • 9.8 RPG
  • 1.5 APG

Highlights

Utah Valley

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Ben Nakwaasah - 6'1 - Junior - Jacksonville College (TX)

Stats
  • 22.3 PPG
  • 3.3 RPG
  • 5.0 APG
  • 42% FG%
  • 40% 3FG%

Highlights

Thanks Pistol. Curious, what do you think of the addition of Casey Benson? Obviously not a scorer like Dewayne, but instantly may become the top assist to turnover guy in the league.
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(06-26-2017 03:20 PM)LopesUp Wrote:  
(06-26-2017 02:21 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  Since no one likes to poke the bear "CA" anymore... I will play devil's advocate for some of the other WAC recruits. These are five non-Aggie recruits I think will make a splash in the WAC...

Cal State Bakersfield

POINT GUARD

Rickey Holden - 5'11 - Junior - Jones County JC (MS)

Stats
  • 13.3 PPG
  • 4.5 RPG
  • 4.9 APG
  • 53% FG%
  • 39% 3FG%

Highlights

COMBO GUARD

Jarkel Joiner - 6'1 - Freshman - Oxford HS (MS)

Stats
  • 36.5 PPG
  • 5.4 RPG
  • 1.8 APG

Highlights

Grand Canyon

POINT GUARD

Damari Milstead - 6'2 - Freshman - Moreau Catholic HS (CA)

ESPN - 3-stars
Rivals - 3-stars
Scout - 3-stars

Stats
  • 25.8 PPG
  • 4.8 RPG
  • 5.2 APG

Highlights

POWER FORWARD

Roberts Blumbergs - 6'10 - Freshman - Get Better Academy (Latvia)

Scout - 4-stars

Stats
  • 16.5 PPG
  • 9.8 RPG
  • 1.5 APG

Highlights

Utah Valley

POINT GUARD

Ben Nakwaasah - 6'1 - Junior - Jacksonville College (TX)

Stats
  • 22.3 PPG
  • 3.3 RPG
  • 5.0 APG
  • 42% FG%
  • 40% 3FG%

Highlights

Thanks Pistol. Curious, what do you think of the addition of Casey Benson? Obviously not a scorer like Dewayne, but instantly may become the top assist to turnover guy in the league.

There will be a few D1 transfers who make an impact this season. I think Benson will be a benefit but with Shaq Carr returning and a young Milstead coming onboard, I'm not sure if Benson will be a starter or come off the bench. Also, Majele needs to find time for Aidoo. GCU is deep at guard but I'm not sure any of them are ready to replace Dewayne Russell. So, I think it is going to be GCU's inside game which will become the forefront of Majerle's offense this coming season.

My list was strictly focused on incoming freshmen and JUCOs. But there will be D1 transfers who will play prominent roles on some of the WAC teams. Seattle has brought in quite a few D1 transfers. UVU has lived on D1 transfers and they have a new batch who could make an impact this season. UTRGV has a few who could bolster their team. NMSU is even banking on OSU transfer AJ Harris to make an immediate impact.
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RE: 2017 Basketball Recruiting Class
New Mexico State is loaded in my opinion. I even believe Wayne Stewart is a upgrade to Braxton Huggins.


Here is Wayne Stewart Highlights




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(06-26-2017 04:37 PM)FINALFOUR1970SWEETSIXTEEN1992 Wrote:  New Mexico State is loaded in my opinion. I even believe Wayne Stewart is a upgrade to Braxton Huggins.


Here is Wayne Stewart Highlights





I think "probably" Huggins is a better perimeter shooter than Stewart but the rest of Stewart's game is more likely better. Stewart can rebound well, post up smaller guards, block shots, hit FT at a very high clip, and shoot & make shots within a smaller window of opportunity. Their respective defenses are debatable. Neither has shown much but Stewart now has Jans to teach him. So... yes CA, I think Stewart is an upgrade given what he brings to the team.

Although, as previously stated in other threads, the "real" upgrade at the shooting guard position is if Sidy Ndir is healthy and resuming his role. He was our most complete player on the team before he went down to injury last December. Stewart is actually an upgrade "offensively" from Matt Taylor and Jermaine Haley.

NMSU will be better offensively at every position except at point guard from last season. But I think the combination of AJ Harris and Buchanan should be close to or exceed Bakers output.

***EDITED***
What I find interesting is this Stewart video highlights mostly his three point shooting. Yet, Stewart made less than a 1/3 of his field goals from outside the arc (62 made); shooting an average 36.6%. Yet it was Stewart's shooting inside the arc where he did most of his damage (143 made); shooting 53.6% inside the arc "only". Adding to that, he was (is) a very good free throw shooter (84.2%, 112-133) making him a very difficult "BIG" guard/small forward to stop.
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(06-26-2017 05:20 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(06-26-2017 04:37 PM)FINALFOUR1970SWEETSIXTEEN1992 Wrote:  New Mexico State is loaded in my opinion. I even believe Wayne Stewart is a upgrade to Braxton Huggins.


Here is Wayne Stewart Highlights





I think "probably" Huggins is a better perimeter shooter than Stewart but the rest of Stewart's game is more likely better. Stewart can rebound well, post up smaller guards, block shots, hit FT at a very high clip, and shoot & make shots within a smaller window of opportunity. Their respective defenses are debatable. Neither has shown much but Stewart now has Jans to teach him. So... yes CA, I think Stewart is an upgrade given what he brings to the team.

Although, as previously stated in other threads, the "real" upgrade at the shooting guard position is if Sidy Ndir is healthy and resuming his role. He was our most complete player on the team before he went down to injury last December. Stewart is actually an upgrade "offensively" from Matt Taylor and Jermaine Haley.

NMSU will be better offensively at every position except at point guard from last season. But I think the combination of AJ Harris and Buchanan should be close to or exceed Bakers output.

***EDITED***
What I find interesting is this Stewart video highlights mostly his three point shooting. Yet, Stewart made less than a 1/3 of his field goals from outside the arc (62 made); shooting an average 36.6%. Yet it was Stewart's shooting inside the arc where he did most of his damage (143 made); shooting 53.6% inside the arc "only". Adding to that, he was (is) a very good free throw shooter (84.2%, 112-133) making him a very difficult "BIG" guard/small forward to stop.

I believe with Stewart he might need to work on his shot selection. He is a good shooter. If he takes good shots, we could very well see him shoot over 40% from 3pt next season.
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Oooo... SeattleVandal "almost" poked the bear (Coach) with his recruiting class comment... then he retracted.

I think Seattle has some solid additions but only three of their D1 transfers will get to play this season...

This season...
Richaud Gittens, 6'4, GR, Weber State transfer - 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, (Rivals 3-Star)
Jordan Hill, 6'3, GR, Wisconsin transfer - 1.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG. 0.5 APG
Josh Hearlihy, 6'8, GR, Vermont transfer - 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
Aaron Nettles, 6'0, FR, - 14.5 PPG

Next season...
Delante Jones, 6'5, JR, American U. transfer - 11.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, (ESPN 3-Star)
Dashawn McDowell, 6'5, SO, SMU transfer - 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, (Rivals 3-Star & Scout 3-Star)
Matt Owies, 6'0, SO, - Hawai'i transfer - 3.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG.

However the "biggest" addition to this season's Seattle team well be the return of 7'3 Aaron Menzies.

So, you think Seattle U. out recruited NMSU?

As Coach pointed out, NMSU adds...

Shunn Buchanan, 6'0, SO - 12.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.3 APG
LaMarcus Lee, 6'2, SO - 15.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.5 APG
Gabe Hadley, 6'3, FR - 17.5 PPG, 4.9 PPG, 1.0 APG
Kortrijk Miles, 6'4, FR - 22.0 PPG, 12.0 RPG
Wayne Stewart, 6'6, JR - 18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.3 APG (Top 50 JUCO)

Addtionally NMSU has the following coming off redshirt...

AJ Harris, 5'9, SO, Ohio State transfer - 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, (ESPN 4-Star/Top 100, Rivals 4-Star/Top 150, Scout 4-Star/Top100)
Johnny McCants, 6'7, FR - 19.7 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, (Rivals 3-Star)
Marlon Jones, 6'9, JR - 10.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, (Rivals 3-Star)... I consider Jones to be a new addition because he was injured almost as the season started last year.

I think Hayford has improved Seattle's immediate prospects but it is obvious Jans has more long term talent.
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(06-27-2017 07:53 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  Oooo... SeattleVandal "almost" poked the bear (Coach) with his recruiting class comment... then he retracted.

I think Seattle has some solid additions but only three of their D1 transfers will get to play this season...

This season...
Richaud Gittens, 6'4, GR, Weber State transfer - 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, (Rivals 3-Star)
Jordan Hill, 6'3, GR, Wisconsin transfer - 1.5 PPG, 1.1 RPG. 0.5 APG
Josh Hearlihy, 6'8, GR, Vermont transfer - 2.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG
Aaron Nettles, 6'0, FR, - 14.5 PPG

Next season...
Delante Jones, 6'5, JR, American U. transfer - 11.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, (ESPN 3-Star)
Dashawn McDowell, 6'5, SO, SMU transfer - 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, (Rivals 3-Star & Scout 3-Star)
Matt Owies, 6'0, SO, - Hawai'i transfer - 3.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.9 APG.

However the "biggest" addition to this season's Seattle team might be the return of Aaron Menzies.

So, you think Seattle U. out recruited NMSU?

As Coach pointed out, NMSU adds...

Shunn Buchanan, 6'0, SO - 12.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 5.3 APG
LaMarcus Lee, 6'2, SO - 15.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.5 APG
Gabe Hadley, 6'3, FR - 17.5 PPG, 4.9 PPG, 1.0 APG
Kortrijk Miles, 6'4, FR - 20.1 PPG, 9.8 RPG
Wayne Stewart, 6'6, JR - 18.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.3 APG (Top 50 JUCO)

Addtionally NMSU has the following coming off redshirt...

AJ Harris, 5'9, SO, Ohio State transfer - 2.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, (ESPN 4-Star/Top 100, Rivals 4-Star/Top 150, Scout 4-Star/Top100)
Johnny McCants, 6'7, FR - 19.7 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, (Rivals 3-Star)
Marlon Jones, 6'9, JR - 10.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, (Rival 3-Star)

I think Hayford has improved Seattle's immediate prospects but it is obvious Jans has more long term talent.

Posted it but changed my mind about another argument with CA lol. But im talking about this years class, not last years like AJ Harris or who Dollar had left over.

Those are high school and JUCO stats, not college like Seattle U's. Im basing it mostly on McDowell, Gittens, and especially Jones. Wisconsin fans have said good things about Hill too. So yes, based on 2017 signees, id take SUs class of transfers over a bunch of JUCO guys
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If all of Seattle's 2017 class were eligible, I "might" agree with you considering all the "maturity" Hayford is adding. But Delante Jones and Dashawn McDowell should be real good players next year; after Gittens, Hearlihy, and Hill are gone. So, the Seattle fans will not see the impact of all these players simultaneously.
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(06-27-2017 08:33 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  If all of Seattle's 2017 class were eligible, I "might" agree with you considering all the "maturity" Hayford is adding. But Delante Jones and Dashawn McDowell should be real good players next year; after Gittens, Hearlihy, and Hill are gone. So, the Seattle fans will not see the impact of all these players simultaneously.

I see what youre saying, I was just talking about the class as a whole. Not what the class does only next season
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(06-27-2017 10:53 PM)SeattleVandals Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 08:33 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  If all of Seattle's 2017 class were eligible, I "might" agree with you considering all the "maturity" Hayford is adding. But Delante Jones and Dashawn McDowell should be real good players next year; after Gittens, Hearlihy, and Hill are gone. So, the Seattle fans will not see the impact of all these players simultaneously.

I see what youre saying, I was just talking about the class as a whole. Not what the class does only next season

On a good note, Seattle has a head start for 2018 recruiting. As I said before, Jones and McDowell are good additions. Even the Aussie Owies is "probably" pretty decent. With a seasoned group of Menzies, Kavas, Ulaneo, and Means, Seattle U might actually be ready to contend for the WAC Championship in 2018.
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(06-28-2017 12:35 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 10:53 PM)SeattleVandals Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 08:33 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  If all of Seattle's 2017 class were eligible, I "might" agree with you considering all the "maturity" Hayford is adding. But Delante Jones and Dashawn McDowell should be real good players next year; after Gittens, Hearlihy, and Hill are gone. So, the Seattle fans will not see the impact of all these players simultaneously.

I see what youre saying, I was just talking about the class as a whole. Not what the class does only next season

On a good note, Seattle has a head start for 2018 recruiting. As I said before, Jones and McDowell are good additions. Even the Aussie Owies is "probably" pretty decent. With a seasoned group of Menzies, Kavas, Ulaneo, and Means, Seattle U might actually be ready to contend for the WAC Championship in 2018.

Yep, if the young guys from Dollar show they can succeed with Hayford, 2018 isnt out of the question. I think Means will end up transfering, Hayford has brought in so many guards and he will only be a sophomore. Not suprised Montoya left either.

Menzies seemed to get 3x better over last offseason, so if he stays healthy who knows what he could become. He is committed to Hayford and doesnt want to transfer at all.
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The return of Menzies by itself will be a big lift for Seattle. If the incoming guys can replace Powell and Westendorf, they could be pretty good. I still think Means will get plenty of minutes.

By the way the WAC is being discussed in a thread on the conference realignment board for those of you that care about such things.

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(06-28-2017 12:35 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 10:53 PM)SeattleVandals Wrote:  
(06-27-2017 08:33 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  If all of Seattle's 2017 class were eligible, I "might" agree with you considering all the "maturity" Hayford is adding. But Delante Jones and Dashawn McDowell should be real good players next year; after Gittens, Hearlihy, and Hill are gone. So, the Seattle fans will not see the impact of all these players simultaneously.

I see what youre saying, I was just talking about the class as a whole. Not what the class does only next season

On a good note, Seattle has a head start for 2018 recruiting. As I said before, Jones and McDowell are good additions. Even the Aussie Owies is "probably" pretty decent. With a seasoned group of Menzies, Kavas, Ulaneo, and Means, Seattle U might actually be ready to contend for the WAC Championship in 2018.

Yep, if the young guys from Dollar show they can succeed with Hayford, 2018 isnt out of the question. I think Means will end up transfering, Hayford has brought in so many guards and he will only be a sophomore. Not suprised Montoya left either.

Menzies seemed to get 3x better over last offseason, so if he stays healthy who knows what he could become. He is committed to Hayford and doesnt want to transfer at all.

Aaron Menzies was averaging 12.3 PPG & 6.3 RPG before he was injured; 14 games into the season. He was fairly productive just before the conference season started. So, if Menzies is healthy this season and Hayford chooses to run the offense through the post at his pace, Seattle could be a very tough half-court team; with Menzies camping out in the paint...especially in 2018 when he is a senior.
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