ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — La Cueva Guard Heads UNM Class
Bryce Alford is well aware of the pressure that is on him.
It serves as his motivation.
The 6-foot-3 La Cueva High School guard signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, joining Tim Myles of California in officially accepting a scholarship offer to play basketball at the University of New Mexico next year.
But when you’re a local player signing with the hometown college, and you also happen to be the son of that university’s head basketball coach, there seems to be a little more to prove.
“I know that’s out there,” Bryce Alford said, acknowledging skeptics who feel he may not have earned his scholarship. “It’s a huge motivation for me. I have a huge chip on my shoulder to prove to people I earned this.”
It’s hard to argue with his production over the past few seasons. As a junior he averaged 25 points, five assists and five rebounds a game. With UNM senior Jamal Fenton scheduled to graduate this season, there will be a void on next year’s roster at the backup point guard spot behind Hugh Greenwood that Alford will be asked to fill from Day 1.
“I feel like I can help the team right away,” said Alford, who will be joining older brother, Kory Alford, on the Lobos’ roster.
Coach Steve Alford, in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday preparing for the Paradise Jam tournament, feels the team will get instant impact from the additions of his son, Myles and 7-foot center Obij Aget, who signed with the team a year ago as a prep senior but did not enroll at UNM this season because of an injury.
“We are very excited about the 2013 class,” said Alford. “Obij and Tim bring size and athleticism to our front line. Bryce is a very talented guard that understands exactly how we play and will really add to our backcourt. This is a great class, and we can’t wait for the three of them to join our team.”
The 6-7 Myles, from Corona, Calif., says he’s a “high motor” player who can rebound and defend.
The power forward said he loved the approach UNM assistant coach Duane Broussard took in recruiting him.
“UNM fit all the factors I was looking to fill,” Myles said. “I liked my visit there. I love the coaching staff and the style of play, and I know there’s an opportunity for me to play right away at my position if I earn it. What I didn’t want to happen was sit out a year and then maybe get recruited over. I think I can play right away at UNM if I work.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal