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Son of expected Lobo assistant announces he’s headed to UNM

Logan Padgett, son of former Kentucky National Champion and NBA player Scott Padgett, announced on Sunday morning he is committing to the UNM Lobos for the 2020-21 season, where he will be a walk-on. (Image from Logan Padgett’s Twitter account)

A Padgett has made it official; he will be joining Lobo basketball.

Just not the Padgett some Lobo fans have been expecting.

Logan Padgett, the son of former Kentucky star and NBA player Scott Padgett, announced via social media on Sunday morning he will be transferring to the University of New Mexico, where he is expected to be a walk-on the Lobo men’s basketball team.

His dad, Scott, has an agreement in place with UNM to fill the program’s vacant assistant coaching position, but amid an offseason of uncertainty in college athletics, and a summer with other issues taking priority at UNM, the deal between the former six-year Samford head coach and the Lobos hasn’t been finalized yet. To this point, Scott Padgett hasn’t commented publicly on the news the Journal first reported June 27.

It is unclear when that hiring will be finalized and formally announced. Scott Padgett will replace the departing Jerome Robinson, who left the program after three seasons.

As for Logan Padgett, the 6-foot-6 forward played for his dad this past season at Samford, where he played in all 33 games as a true freshman, started eight times and averaged 17.6 minutes per game. He averaged 2.4 points and 3.3 rebounds and scored a season-high eight points with four rebounds in the team’s final game of the season March 6 against VMI in a Southern Conference Tournament loss.

The Padgett family — Scott and wife Cynthia — have two other children still in high school — Lucas and Layla.

As of Friday, the Lobos’ 2020-21 roster was comprised of 12 scholarship players and now four walk-ons — Padgett, a sophomore, 6-7 junior forward Jordan Arroyo, 6-1 junior guard Clay Patterson and 6-2 sophomore guard Daniel Headdings.

In Arroyo and Padgett, two Lobo walk-ons have a combined 19 starts, a rarity among walk-ons at the Division I level.

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