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Lobo Basketball Adds Player, Opponent

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The New Mexico men’s basketball team is adding a touch of Cleveland and Cincinnati to the 2012-13 season.
Cleveland comes in the form of Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas, who will attend summer school at UNM in early June and become part of the basketball program, according to university officials.
Thomas is a 6-foot-3 guard who led Scotlandville (La.) High, near Baton Rouge, to the Louisiana Class 5A state championship in March. Thomas averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists a game. He made 8-of-12 field goals and had 21 points and 11 boards in the state title game, an 82-48 blowout of McKinley High. Thomas was named the game’s Outstanding Player.
Cincinnati, meanwhile, is the University of Cincinnati. The Lobos and Bearcats will play a two-year, two-game, home-and-home series beginning this season at Fifth Third Arena, UNM confirmed on Wednesday.
The Bearcats were 26-11 and tied for fourth in the Big East Conference at 12-6. They made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament before losing 81-66 to Ohio State.
Thomas made an official recruiting visit to UNM last week. Last fall, he signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. But later he requested to be released, and the school granted his request. The release made Thomas eligible to be recruited again. NCAA rule prevents him from signing another letter of intent, but he can sign a scholarship.
The Lobos have two open scholarships for the 2012-13 season.
Greg Archuleta of UNM sports information department said the only information he could release is that Thomas will attend summer school and join the basketball program. Summer school begins June 4.
COACHING SEARCH: UNM officials said the school still hasn’t filled its assistant coaching vacancy, created when Ryan Miller left for an assistant coaching position at Missouri. The Journal has learned that the Lobos’ director of operations, Drew Adams, is likely the leading candidate to replace Miller and UNM’s video administrator, Craig Snow, would likely take Adams’ spot.

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