Four Lobo scholarship players — each of whom has started games this season — did not make the trip to Fort Collins for Wednesday night’s final game of the regular season against Colorado State, leaving the team’s game roster with six scholarship players and four walk-ons.
UNM, whose head coach Paul Weir announced his resignation on Friday but remains the coach through the end of this season. UNM has not indicated whether the four are hurt, being disciplined, quit the team, why they are not on the trip or if they are expected to play in next week’s Mountain West Tournament.
The players not on the trip include: 6-foot-9 post Bayron Matos (15 starts), 6-10 forward Valdir Manuel (six starts), 6-7 forward Rod Brown (14 starts) and 6-4 guard Kurt Wegscheider (four starts).
UNM already has been without three other scholarship players: 7-foot center Assane Ndiaye, who hasn’t played this season after never being cleared to do so by team doctors for what remains an undisclosed medical reason; and guard Keith McGee and Nolan Dorsey, both of whom opted out of the remainder of the season in January.
The six remaining scholarship players are: Makuach Maluach, Saquan Singleton, Isaiah Marin, Emmanuel Kuac, Jeremiah Francis and Javonte Johnson. UNM has four walk-ons on the trip: 6-1 guard Clay Patterson, 6-7 Logan Padgett, 6-2 guard Daniel Headdings and 6-3 guard Eloy Medina.
The tallest player on the Lobos roster for the game is 6-7 Kuac and second tallest is 6-6 Singleton, who plays point guard.
The Lobos (6-14, 2-14 Mountain West) are alone in last place in the 11-team MWC standings. The first round of the MWC tournament, where the 11 seed plays the No. 6 seed, will be Wednesday (March 10) in Las Vegas, Nevada.