They signed up to play for Craig Neal and his assistants.
On Tuesday, new University of New Mexico men’s basketball coach Paul Weir made it official: All three recruits who signed letters of intent in November to join the Lobos are free to look elsewhere to play.
UNM has released from their binding agreements a trio of big men — prep center Chris Yannick Sodom (7-foot-3), high school forward Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (6-9) and junior college forward Mike Parks (6-9). All three talked with Weir since he was hired last week and, as the new coach put it, determined the fit might not be in the best interest of either side.
“We wish all three of these young men the best in their future endeavors,” said Weir in a news release sent out Tuesday night. “These situations are all about a perfect fit and I think we all agreed that this was no longer the case here. They remain exceptionally talented young men with incredibly bright futures ahead of them.”
Weir, who was in Arizona on Tuesday recruiting a guard, has said he’s committed to pressing and running. His New Mexico State Aggies last season had just one player taller than 6-foot-7 average double-digit minutes (6-10 Jonathon Wilkins, 18 minutes per game). Weir plays multiple guards at the same time and even used 6-3 Braxton Huggins as his “3” at times, the spot on the floor traditionally played by small forwards in the 6-7 range.
A decision on unsigned 6-4 New Zealand guard Quinn Clinton, who committed to play for UNM, has not been made.
As of Tuesday night, official decisions remained to be made on Weir’s three-person assistant coaching staff. That decision is close. Such is the case as well for the three players who announced they wanted to transfer but would reconsider once Weir was hired — Sam Logwood, Anthony Mathis and Jalen Harris.
Though UNM has not confirmed Logwood will be back, the 6-7 wing certainly seemed to tip his hand on Twitter on Tuesday. He posted a Journal picture of himself flexing after a dunk in a game with the words, “One more year in the pit #GoLobos”
RECRUIT: Weir was at Albuquerque High on Monday getting his first look at Class of 2018 forward Marlon Cunningham, a 6-7 forward who has committed to UNM.