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Lobo hoops notebook: Last Lobo arrives, Rio Grande Rivalry dates set

New UNM Lobo guard Kurt-Curry Wegscheider, of the Central African Republic, trained and played the past couple seasons with NBA Academy Africa in Senegal. (Photo courtesy NBA Academies)

The last Lobo has landed.

Kurt-Curry Wegscheider, the 18-year-old combo guard who plays for the Central African Republic national team and trained the past couple years at the NBA Academy Africa in Senegal, landed at the Albuquerque International Sunport on Thursday afternoon, ready to join Paul Weir’s Lobo men’s basketball team for the coming season.

While he had been cleared by the NCAA and UNM over the summer to play this season, Wegscheider had delays in getting his Visa approved to travel to the United States in time to start classes on time (UNM classes started last week).

But he’s here now and enrolled in time to be eligible to still play this season.

Wegscheider is the 13th scholarship player to join the Lobos roster for the 2019-20 season. The NCAA allows 13 scholarship players.

The Lobos’ men’s basketball social media accounts Wednesday, after Wegscheider’s arrival, posted a picture of his arrival along with Weir and assistant coach Jerome Robinson at the airport with him. The posts included a message telling fans to look for the team’s final roster coming soon.

As of Thursday night, the Lobos’ 13 scholarship players for the 2019-20 season include: senior forward Carlton Bragg, sophomore point guard J.J. Caldwell, sophomore point guard Drue Drinnon, sophomore guard Vante Hendrix, junior guard/forward Vance Jackson, freshman forward Emmanuel Andrew Kuac, senior guard JaQuan Lyle, junior guard/forward Makuach Maluach, senior forward Corey Manigault, junior guard Zane Martin, junior point guard Keith McGee, sophomore guard Tavian Percy and Wegscheider.

The team has three walk-ons: Junior guard Clay Patterson (Rio Rancho High), sophomore forward Jordan Arroyo (Atrisco Heritage) and freshman guard Daniel Headdings (from Alaska).

COREY MANIGAULT: UNM police on Aug. 18 responded to a complaint at a Lobo Village apartment.

According to the incident report, police responded to a complaint of loud music. When a resident advisor and police knocked on the door of the residence, Manigault answered the door and initially provided police the name Dante Jones. When an officer later said he knew Manigault was a Lobo basketball player and would have to tell his coach what was going on, Manigault then offered his real name.

The police report states police had Manigault pour out alcohol found in the apartment.

The news was first reported online by UNM’s student newspaper the Daily Lobo on Wednesday night under a headline that read: “Crime Briefs: UNM basketball player found with suspected drug paraphernalia.”

There were no charges or citations issued and the report does not indicate police saw drug paraphernalia, but rather, “the R/A could see open containers of alcohol and suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view.”

Officer M. Fisher’s narrative states that Manigault did not want officers to enter the apartment and “we did not press the issue to de-escalate the situation.” It is unclear who else was at the residence and there was no indication from the incident report responding officers felt there was much reason to find out before leaving.

Weir said he isn’t commenting on the matter. UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez said he has reviewed the report. He said the department has been in contact with UNM police about the matter and discipline, if any, will be handled by Weir.

SET THE DATE: While the Lobos haven’t released their final non-conference schedule for the coming 2019-20 season, there’s only one or two games left to fill out.

But down south, the New Mexico State Aggies on Thursday released their full schedule. In that release, the two 2019 Rio Grande Rivalry game dates have, for the first time, been made official.

The Lobos will play at the Pan American Center on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Aggies will return the favor and play at Dreamstyle Arena — the Pit on Saturday, Dec. 14.

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