The Lobos’ bench appears to be getting thinner.
Karim Ezzeddine, the 6-foot-8 junior forward who played the previous two seasons at Northwest Florida State junior college and at highly regarded Huntington Prep in West Virginia before that, did not attend the New Mexico men’s two-hour afternoon practice Thursday. That was after he left the team’s bench for the locker room with three minutes still to play in a 97-77 road loss to San Diego State on Tuesday night, when he was visibly upset as he was pulled out of the game.
He is now contemplating leaving UNM. Whether that is a move to transfer to another college or quitting college basketball altogether is unclear, but as of Thursday afternoon Ezzeddine had not yet asked for his name to be placed in the NCAA transfer portal for other schools to be made aware of his desire to transfer. He is still considered on scholarship as a student with the Lobos.