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Still adding to the roster, Lobos get commitment from junior college forward

The recruiting hasn’t stopped yet for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team.

Corey Manigault, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center/forward from Maryland who played at Pittsburgh two seasons ago and at Indian Hills Community College this past season, announced his intention to play for the Lobos this coming season.

In 22 games at Indian Hills, Manigault averaged 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 57.7 percent.

He announced his decision on social media, but has not yet signed a National Letter of Intent, meaning the UNM coaching staff can not yet discuss his joining the program.

Manigault played in 18 games as a freshman for Pittsburgh for the 2016-17 season in the ACC before leaving for a season in junior college. In high school, he was an all-state forward at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior and was ranked as a three-star recruit by several recruiting services.

His commitment puts the Lobos current roster at 14 scholarship players for the coming 2018-19 season, one over the NCAA limit of 13.

Junior guard Troy Simons, who expressed concerns about missing his daughter in Pittsburgh throughout the past season, continues to explore options to transfer to a Division I program closer to Pittsburgh within a drivable distance to visit her throughout the school year/basketball season, the Journal has learned. As of Tuesday, however, Simons was still a Lobo.

This offseason, the Lobos have lost six scholarship players from the 2017-18 squad that went 19-15 overall, 12-6 and third place in the Mountain West and advanced to the conference tournament title game before falling to San Diego State.

Three players exhausted their eligibility: forwards Joe Furstinger and Sam Logwood and point guard Antino Jackson. Three others, so far, have been granted their release to transfer elsewhere: forwards Connor MacDougall and Jachai Simmons and point guard Chris McNeal.

The current roster includes returning scholarship players Anthony Mathis (6-5 shooting guard), Dane Kuiper (6-7 guard), Makuach Maluach (6-5 small forward), Vladimir Pinchuk (6-10 center), Simons for now, and two players who were on scholarship this past season but sat out per NCAA transfer rules in JaQuan Lyle (6-5 guard from Ohio State) and Vance Jackson (6-9 forward from UConn).

UNM has added seven players to be placed on scholarship for the coming season:

• Carlton Bragg, a 6-10 forward who transferred from Kansas and enrolled at Arizona State for the fall semester before enrolling at UNM in January for the spring semester. He has been practicing with the team this offseason. He is expected to be placed on scholarship in July. He will be eligible to play in mid-December and have a season and a half remaining of eligibility.

• Keith McGee, a 6-2 freshman point guard from South Plains Community College in Levelland, Texas, who was named the MVP of the NJCAA tournament in March while leading his team to a national championship. He has signed a letter of intent and will have three seasons of eligibility.

• Tajuan Agee, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, who signed in November. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

• Karim Ezzeddine, a 6-9 sophomore forward from Northwest Florida State College, who signed last month and will have two seasons of playing eligibility.

• Manigault, the 6-9 center/forward who gave a verbal commitment on Tuesday, but has not yet signed his letter of intent.

• Drue Drinnon, a 6-1 high school point guard from Georgia who played this past season at nationally ranked University School in Florida. Drinnon signedin November.

• Tavian Percy, a 6-6 high school combo guard from Pasadena, Calif., who signed his letter of intent after a recruiting visit to Albuquerque last month.