The mass defections during the Lobo basketball offseason left holes all over the roster.
In the minds of many fans, though, the biggest void to fill for the UNM men’s basketball team was at point guard. That was the one spot on the roster without a returning player after freshman Jalen Harris and sophomore Jordan Hunter – they of a combined 30 starts last season – decided to transfer to Arkansas and Lamar, respectively.
That concern was never shared by the UNM coaching staff.
And less than a week into official practices for the 2017-18 season, the reason for the staff’s quiet offseason confidence is apparent. Veteran transfers Chris McNeal and Antino Jackson have not only elevated the point guard spot to arguably the strength of the team, but clearly have become the tone-setters in practice for what first-year head coach Paul Weir wants in his program.