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Lobo hoops adds TCU transfer to growing 2021 recruiting class

TCU guard Taryn Todd dribbles up the court vs. Iowa State at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 9, 2021. Sunday, Todd announced he is transferring to join the UNM Lobos. (Photo courtesy Gregg Ellman/TCU Athletics)

The Lobo basketball roster grew again on Sunday with the addition of TCU transfer Taryn Todd.

The 6-foot-5 combo guard from Toronto who was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2019 and spent the past two seasons playing for the Big 12’s Horned Frogs announced via social media he was transferring to UNM, becoming the sixth member of the 2021 recruiting class for new Lobos head coach Richard Pitino.

For Todd, the potential to blossom under a coaching staff he feels can help him develop his game was the selling point for UNM.

“I really liked how coach was telling me how he developed his players,” Todd told the Journal in a telephone interview from Toronto on Sunday. “Everyone on the staff seems like they genuinely care about me and seem like they want to see me get better, so that was a good thing.”

Todd has had multiple Zoom video conference calls with the Lobos’ new coaching staff, including Pitino and Isaac Chew, who spearheaded the primary recruitment of both Todd and UNM’s other Big 12 transfer from Saturday, 6-10 forward Gethro Muscadin from Kansas.

Todd sat out the 2019-20 season at TCU and as a redshirt freshman this past season played in 26 games, averaging 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 17.6 minutes per game.

He said he looks forward to playing for the “crazy fans” he’s heard UNM has plenty of.

“I think I’m a player who can get any type of shot I want,” Todd said. “I bring a lot of energy — on and off the court. I’ll be a real good teammate with everybody.”

Todd made his announcement via social media on Sunday morning, writing in a post on both Instagram and Twitter:

“Firstly, I would like to thank God for all of the opportunities I’ve had and continue to have playing the game of basketball. There are so many teammates, friends, coaches, trainers, fans and media that I’m grateful to for being a part of my journey. To my mom, dad, sister, and the rest of my family, I am forever grateful for your continued love and support. With that being said, I’ve made a decision and am excited to announce that I have committed to the University of New Mexico and can’t wait to get to work! #GoLobos.”

Roster update

There are currently nine scholarships players on the Lobos roster and six new players on their way. The NCAA allows 13 scholarship players per season for men’s basketball, meaning technically, as of this writing, the Lobos would be two over the allowable scholarship limit for the 2021-22 season.

Roster movement across college basketball — players coming in and players transferring out — through the middle of summer is now the norm and more movement for the Lobos will happen, be it more players from this past season transferring out or newcomers currently committed and signed not ever making it to the court for UNM.

As it stands now, here is a look at the potential 2021-22 Lobos roster:

RETURNING (9 on scholarship):
NEWCOMERS (6 scholarship):

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