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6-7 Guard Commits To UNM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tony Snell, a 6-foot-7 high school center who says he’ll play guard in college, gave a verbal commitment to University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Steve Alford on Sunday for the 2010-11 season.

Snell, who made an unofficial visit to UNM during the weekend, told the Journal he will sign a national letter of intent in November.

“I just really loved the atmosphere,” said Snell, who averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists for Martin Luther King High (Riverside, Calif.) last season. “Everybody around the community was so friendly and they showed a lot of support for the program.”

Snell is now at West Wind Prep Academy in Phoenix and still needs to pass his SAT.

“I’m going to work hard academically and on the court so I’m ready for next season,” he said.

Various Web site scouting reports say Snell should be a solid D-I player because of his strong body, long arms and good jumping ability.

He says he chose the Lobos over Southern California, Washington State, San Diego State and Auburn.

KIRK: Los Alamos senior Alex Kirk made an official visit to UNM during the weekend, but is no closer to making up his mind, according to his father, Alan Kirk.

“He really liked his visit and all the players,” said Alan, head boys basketball coach at Los Alamos. “He’s still working his way through the process.”