The Lobos landed a verbal commitment on Friday night from 6-foot-1 former Texas A&M point guard J.J. Caldwell.
The former ESPN Top 100 rated point guard from Cypress, Texas, announced his commitment via social media, posting an image of himself in a Lobos jersey with the word “committed” on the image and the attached message on his Twitter page read: “Back in it.”
— JJ Caldwell (@YoungPg_) January 5, 2019
After spending the 2016-17 season as a redshirt, Caldwell played the 2017-18 season for the Aggies and started coming into his own as SEC play began in January 2018, even starting four games, before being kicked off the team following a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to jail records.
Caldwell tried to play professionally after his dismissal, but did not and decided to return to school while he still had eligibility remaining. He would have two seasons of playing eligibility remaining, if the NCAA rules he is still academically eligible on progressing toward graduation despite his not being enrolled at any university this past semester.
UNM coaches can not speak about any potential recruit until they’ve signed a National Letter of Intent.
It is uncertain if Caldwell plans to enroll at UNM for the spring semester starting later this month, but even if he did, there is not a scholarship available for him at the moment.
The Lobos do have two seniors on this season’s roster (Anthony Mathis and Dane Kuiper) whose scholarships will be available next season. UNM has already signed Emmanuel Andrew Kuac, a 6-foot-6 high school wing from Kearns (Utah) High School.