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Ex-KU Player Joins Lobos

6-7 Lindsay Commits

One trip was enough for Kansas transfer Merv Lindsay.

On Thursday, Lindsay ended his recruiting visit to Albuquerque by giving the New Mexico men’s basketball assistant coach Duane Broussard and the Lobo staff the news it wanted to hear.

“I’m not taking any other visits,” Lindsay told the Journal on Thursday. “After talking to coach Broussard almost daily since I got my release form (from Kansas), they’ve been the most consistent. They set up a visit, and now I’m a Lobo.”

Lindsay, per NCAA transfer rules, must sit out the 2012-13 season and will be a sophomore in the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward averaged just 2.2 minutes and played in just 12 games last season as a freshman at Kansas.

He decided to look for a school where he would receive more playing time, and said he also “received interest from Oregon State, Stanford, Nevada-Reno and Denver, but New Mexico took control of the lead. They were calling the most, and they set it up the first (visit).”

Lindsay said he will attend summer school at UNM in early July. He is from Moreno Valley, Calif. Lindsay averaged 15.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game for Canyon Springs High as a senior.

He said he’s not bothered by having to sit out this season.

“It’s not a year off, it’s a year to get better,” he said. “It’s a year to get better on the court, off the court, to get ahead of in classes and take advantage. I get an extra year in school.

“… It wasn’t frustrating at all (at KU). I feel like I learned a lot, I don’t regret my decision at all. We went to the national championship game. And even though I didn’t play in the game, I didn’t disappoint my team. …. I’ll still always be a Jayhawk — and be a Lobo at the same time.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal