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Talking Grammer, Ep. 8: Lobo transfers JaQuan Lyle and Vance Jackson

In Episode 8, I talk with Lobo basketball transfers JaQuan Lyle, the former two-year starter at Ohio State, and Vance Jackson, who started as a freshman last season at UConn. The two sat out this past season for UNM per NCAA transfer rules so we talked about how hard it was to watch their teammates, how hard UNM’s conditioning program is, the future of Lobo basketball and who actually won more games when the two played one-on-one over the past six months.

The podcast coincides with an article in Sunday’s Journal: CLICK HERE.

The two were hailed by Lobo fans early this season, when UNM was 3-8 to start to the season, as the stars of the future that would save the program moving forward. Then the Lobos turned the corner and by season’s end were pretty good based on a foundation of team chemistry with no player being better than the next. So JaQuan and Vance now face a challenge of not thinking of themselves as better than their teammates or as program saviors at all, but as just another piece of the puzzle.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re good. I watched them a lot this season. But the success of the Lobos is no player thinking of himself as a star. We’ll see how these two very highly-recruiting players when they were prep recruits now adjust to a team that won’t treat them like stars.

Let me know what you think of this podcast and I look forward to doing more this offseason, with and without Lobo basketball as the subject. You can reach me on Twitter (@GeoffGrammer) or via email ggrammer@abqjournal.com. And let my bosses know if you like the podcasts, too.

Here’s a look at how the podcast breaks down:

• 6:20 — Conversation with Lobos JaQuan Lyle and Vance Jackson — why they left their last schools and why they chose New Mexico as a transfer destination.
• 16:00 — What was it like watching their old teams this season
• 18:50 — How in, or out, of shape were they when they arrived on campus last summer compared to where they are today after a season in UNM’s conditioning program?
• 20:00 — What positions do they want to play, and both tell us whether the other has any game
• 21:45 — How hard was it sitting out a season and watching their teammates play while they couldn’t?
• 23:20 — Was it harder watching games on TV when the team was on the road, or harder sitting on the bench for home games?
• 24:10 — Striking the balance between thinking of themselves as players who will save the team as opposed to players who will be a part of the team?
• 26:00 — Is there pressure on new players to not screw up the chemistry the team had by the end of the season?
• 28:10 — Was there a point in the conditioning you thought strength coach Tyler Stuart or head coach Paul Weir were crazy with how hard they had the players working?
• 30:30 — What are realistic goals for the Lobos next season?
• 34:40 — There seems to be some debate about who won more one-on-one games this season when the two played each other.
• 35:00 — What games stand out this season having to watch this past season?

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