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Lobo basketball hosts two recruits

One was the national junior college scoring champion this past season.

The other is a former All-Conference USA forward coming off an injury-plagued season.

Both were making the rounds on the University of New Mexico campus on Saturday as the first two recruits making official visits to Albuquerque since Paul Weir was named head coach of the Lobos basketball team earlier in the week.

Weir is not allowed to comment about unsigned recruits.

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Troy Simons, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla., had committed to his home state Pitt Panthers until that changed for undisclosed reasons late last week.

Simons averaged 26.3 points, tops among Division I NJCAA players, over 26 games this past season to go along with shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. The combo guard also averaged 2.4 assists.

Last week, he was selected to play in the April 29 NJCAA All-Star game at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Troy had a terrific two years for us, and it is exciting to see him and our basketball program being rewarded nationally,” Polk State head coach Matt Furjanic said on the team’s website.

Simons has two years of playing eligibility remaining.

Jeremy Combs, a 6-foot-7 junior forward from Dallas, plans to earn his degree at North Texas this semester and be eligible immediately as an NCAA graduate transfer.

Combs, who played the past three seasons under Hobbs native Tony Benford at North Texas, has started 71 of the 76 games he played in for the Mean Green and scored 914 points in that time.

He was a Conference USA All-Freshman Team selection in 2015 after averaging 10.0 points and 6.7 rebounds. He averaged a double-double (14.9 points, 10.5 rebounds) and was second-team All-C-USA as a sophomore in 2016. This past season as a junior, an ankle sprain led to his playing just 14 games.

“After talking it over with my family, I have decided to pursue other opportunities for my last year of eligibility,” Combs said in a story posted April 7 on the UNT website. “I would like to thank (UNT) for giving me an opportunity to earn my degree while playing basketball.”

DUCK CALL: Lobo junior guard Elijah Brown, who announced he will transfer, was on a recruiting visit this weekend to Final Four participant Oregon.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Meanwhile, the Lobos roster is still in a bit of a wait-and-see mode.

UNM has at least four of its 13 scholarships opening up from graduating seniors Tim Williams and Obij Aget along with transfers Xavier Adams and Brown. Three others who announced they may transfer — Sam Logwood, Anthony Mathis and Jalen Harris — are still deciding, in consultation with Weir, if they may stay.

Decisions on UNM’s three signed recruits and the assistant coaching staff are expected to start being announced in the coming days. One or more of the signed recruits are expected to be let out of their National Lettters of Intent to reopen their recruitment.


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