The New Mexico Lobos landed another commitment for their 2014 men’s basketball recruiting class Saturday when 6-foot-9 forward Joe Furstinger gave the coaching staff a verbal commitment during his official visit to campus, which ends today.
The school cannot comment on the commitment per NCAA rules nor make Furstinger available to media during his visit, but the Journal was able to confirm through two sources that the Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic School senior did commit Saturday afternoon.
Furstinger was at Saturday’s UNM football game with several of his future Lobo teammates.
“Furstinger is a face up post at about 6-8 with long arms and plays very hard,” wrote Josh Gershon, recruiting analyst for Fox Sports and Scout.com, in an email to the Journal. “He should end up being able to defend either post spot at the next level, and you could make the argument that he’s more of a four (power forward), but I think at the end of the day athletically he’s probably best defending the opposing five (center).”
Furstinger plays club basketball for the Earl Watson Pangos Elite team out of California, and his high school coach is Jeff Reinert, who was a reserve guard for the Lobos from 1980-82.
“Furstinger can step out and shoot the open jumper, and he’s an unselfish and smart passer from the high post,” Gershon wrote. “His vision/passing ability is one of his best attributes, along with his soft hands, length and basketball IQ.”
Furstinger joins 6-4 shooting guard Xavier Adams of Texas in giving the Lobos a verbal commitment for the 2014 recruiting class that will look to replace seniors Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow, as well as any other Lobos who may leave school early, as Tony Snell did this past offseason, or transfer.
Zylan Cheathem, a 6-7 swingman out of Phoenix who is a top-100 ranked recruit for the Class of 2014, is visiting UNM either next weekend or for the Oct. 18 Lobo Howl and hopes to announce his decision between UNM, San Diego State, Washington and Arizona State shortly after his trip to Albuquerque.
UNM has already received one verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 in Arizona standout guard Dane Kuiper and last week hosted 6-foot-4 shooting guard Justin Simon from Temecula (Calif.) Valley High School on an unofficial visit.