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Lobo Percy says he has entered transfer portal

Tavian Percy, seen after a dunk against Northern New Mexico College in November 2018 in Dreamstyle Arena, says he is entering the transfer portal and intends to leave the University of New Mexico. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

It was apparent in his social media post.

Tavian Percy had a lot to tell about how he really enjoyed his two years as New Mexico Lobo.

Nonetheless, the 6-foot-6 rising junior wing/forward announced on Thursday he has entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal and will pursue an opportunity to play at another school.

He will have to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules, unless he gets a waiver for immediate eligibility, and he has two years remaining of playing eligibility.

He made his announcement via social media.

“Mannnn, my past two years at New Mexico has been a blessing and taught me a lot of things in life,” Percy posted on his social media accounts along with a picture of him dunking in a game and the words “Thank You” above the message.

“I got to meet and share fun times with my teammates, friends and lobo family. Being a lobo has been the biggest honor and blessing to be able to play in such a great town of Albuquerque with such amazing fans. I appreciate everybody that has helped me out and showed love to me since I stepped foot in Albuquerque as a seventeen year old…

“Albuquerque will always have my heart I love you guys! But, sometimes things happen for a reason whether we like them or not we have to keep pushing and move forward. With that being said, my family and I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal. And explore other options! Thank You Lobonation.”

Percy originally is from Miami but his family now lives in California, where he played his senior season at Pasadena High School. He played in 46 Lobo games over the past two seasons with eight starts. He averaged 8.9 minutes per game over those two seasons, 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. He had a career high as a Lobo with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists as a freshman against NAIA University of the Southwest in Hobbs on Dec. 30, 2018.

Counting returning players, who have either already signed National Letters of Intent, and those who have committed to attend UNM this fall, the Lobos are now at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships. That now is counting one scholarship for 6-8 Santa Fe High School rising senior J.B. White, who last week said he was planning to graduate early from SFHS and enroll at UNM by August. For that to happen, he has to finish school work and get cleared by the NCAA as a reclassifying student with all required core classes completed.

Percy is the fourth Lobo with NCAA eligibility remaining to announce he is transferring this offseason, along with point guard J.J. Caldwell, guard Vante Hendrix and forward Vance Jackson. Of the four, only Jackson, now a UNM graduate, has landed a new spot, announcing last month he is a graduate transfer attending Arkansas.

REWIND: Those in need of an old school Lobo hoops fix will get one June 6 at 1 p.m. when UNM produces through its “Lobo Rewind” series a re-airing of the Jan. 1, 1988, Pit win over No. 1 Arizona.

That Wildcats team featured All-Americans Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr. Hunter Greene, now a radio analyst for the Lobos, blocked an Elliott 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to secure UNM’s 61-59 win.

Greene is expected to be available during the rebroadcast for commentary, which will be streamed online on the Mountain West Network (TheMW.com).

KIRK UPDATE: UNM and Los Alamos High graduate Alex Kirk will remain for a fourth year with Alvark Tokyo in Japan’s professional league, the team announced via social media on Thursday.

Kirk averaged 18.3 points on 58.5 percent shooting, 9.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game this past season, per the team’s site.

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