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Granger, recruits highlight big Lobo hoops weekend

Classes start for UNM next week.

The Lobo men’s basketball team, meanwhile, is still hoping one player on this year’s team gets to Albuquerque in time for those classes – also spending the weekend showing two more potential future Lobos around on an official recruiting visit.

Jaylen Clark, a 6-foot-5 guard from Corona, Calif., and Obinna Anochili-Killen, a 6-8 power forward from Champanville, W.Va., are in Albuquerque. Both are sought after by numerous mid- and high-major programs as part of the 2020 recruiting class.

The Lobos do not have any commitments for the 2020 recruiting class.

As for the 2019-20 roster, the 13th and final scholarship player for the coming season has now been cleared by both the NCAA and UNM to enroll.

But Kurt-Curry Wegscheider, a 6-3 guard who plays for the Central African Republic national team and has attended the NBA Academy Africa in Senegal the past two years, is still waiting on his visa to be approved to come to the United States. It is unclear how long that could take; two years ago then-Lobo freshman Makuach Maluach and Vladimir Pinchuk had similar delays. Pinchuk, who transferred out of UNM this offseason, missed the start of classes in Fall 2017 due to visa delays.

JANUARY: Technically, UNM has one more player who has a signed National Letter of Intent to join the team this season, which at this point would be a problem if he actually does show up. He would be scholarship No. 14, and the NCAA only allows 13.

While neither side has said it officially, 6-10 forward Antwan January is not expected to be enrolled or with the team this season. He hasn’t commented publicly and UNM has chosen not to comment on his academic eligibility.

GRANGER: Former Lobo Danny Granger is also in town this weekend, making for a convenient in-person recruitment opportunity with Clark and Anochili-Killen.

The Lobo great and former NBA All-Star’s return visit is to be a part of tonight’s Cherry & Silver Scholarship Gala put on by the Lobo Club, which anticipates a record attendance of more than 570 on hand at the downtown Hyatt.

SEASON TICKETS: Much like when UNM’s new ticketing system discovered several football fans for years weren’t paying a high enough donation fee for their season tickets, the Lobo Athletic Department earlier this week sent out a letter to men’s basketball season-ticket holders saying many of them – a specific number wasn’t available Friday night – will soon have to pay the same donation fee for seats as everyone else in their particular sections of Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit.

Just not until next season.

Athletic director Eddie Nuñez said the department is working with fans, some of whom were told in past years they were “grandfathered” into certain rates. UNM, meanwhile, is trying to find paperwork to verify those claims or asking the season ticket holders to provide such verification.

The department has been under heavy financial scrutiny for years, and in part who was or wasn’t being charged for season tickets and suites in the Pit. But at hand now are not just “fall through the crack scenarios.”

As an example, in 2005, former athletic director Rudy Davalos moved the student section to the north baseline near the opposing team’s bench, displacing some season-ticket holders to other areas in the Pit. Those fans were told their donation fees would not change since they were being moved involuntarily.

Now, there doesn’t seem to be a paper trail showing who all that applied to or for how long the agreement was for, which is why UNM said it will spend the coming season working with all affected season-ticket holders.

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