The quiet one will be back.
While travel restrictions out of Australia had raised concerns about whether UNM Lobo wing Makuach Maluach would be able to return to Albuquerque before the fall semester starts, the Journal has learned the 6-foot-7 senior to be has been granted permission from the Australian government to fly back to the United States.
It’s unclear when in the coming weeks he will return to Albuquerque, but UNM has not yet started voluntary summer workouts for the men’s basketball team (Football players begin them in early July.)
Many nations, including the United States, have implemented various travel restrictions into their countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, such as Australia, where Maluach has been home for the summer, have placed restrictions on their own citizens leaving the country out of concerns they may get infected abroad and want to return home with the virus.
While there wasn’t specifically an exemption for students to leave Australia, Maluach, the Journal learned, nevertheless had his appeal approved this week and will be back to UNM in plenty of time for summer workouts, whenever they begin for the team, and certainly for the fall semester and 2020-21 season.
Other international players on the Lobo basketball team are either already back in the United States after leaving campus in the spring and summer or are not facing the same concerns about their ability to travel back.