LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State men’s basketball coach Paul Weir doesn’t want to commit to one guy at the power forward and center positions.
He has five guys to choose from for those two positions heading into the 2016-17 season: Returners Tanveer Bhullar and Johnathon Wilkins, both redshirt juniors, and redshirt sophomore Eli Chuha, as well as junior college transfers Marlon Jones and Jemerrio Jones.
New Mexico State begins its regular season at home tonight against Arizona Christian. Military personnel can purchase select tickets to the 7:30 p.m. game for $5 with ID.
Weir has to fill a huge void with last season’s big man down low Pascal Siakam electing to jump to the NBA after his sophomore season. But Weir’s implementing a new up-tempo offense in his first year as coach and planning to go 10-11 deep. He said some returners may not play as much going forward because the new offense doesn’t fit their game.
“I really believe in competition,” Weir said. “… We have a wide variety of skill sets with Jemerrio, with Marlon, with Eli, with Johnathon, with Tanveer. They all kind of have different profiles and each one of them might give us advantages in different games. We’re kind of open to all of them kind of looking at them as a unit and kind of moving them around the board as best we can.”
The NMSU women’s team also opens its season today in the Pan American Center with a 5:30 p.m. game with San Jose State.