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Akron graduate transfer point guard commits to Lobo hoops

Make it two guards who can score who have decided to transfer to the University of New Mexico to play for Paul Weir.

Antino Jackson, a 5-foot-11 point guard from the University of Akron by way of Houston, told the Journal he intends to graduate in May and be immediately eligible for the Lobos as a graduate transfer. He announced his commitment to UNM via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

He scored 1,019 points and started 80 of the 106 games he played in over the past three seasons for the Zips, adding 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Jackson started all 36 games this past season for Akron, which went 27-9 and won the MAC regular season title.

“Most importantly, what the coaching staff is trying to do fit my style of play perfectly,” Jackson told the Journal of why he made his decision. “The facility is amazing, they have a good schedule and I look forward to having the Pit going bananas. I just feel I can flourish in this system and do something really special here.”

It is believed that Jackson will be just the third player to score more than 1,000 points at another Division I program before transferring to play for the Lobos (Tim Williams, 1,018 at Samford 2012-14; Damion Walker, 1,044 at TCU 1995-97).

Last week, 6-1 junior college scoring champion Troy Simons (26.3 points per game at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla.) signed to play for UNM, giving Weir a pair of shorter guards both capable of running the point and scoring. The first-year head coach has said he wants a lot of guards and showed at NMSU last season he isn’t afraid of running out a small lineup with only one player taller than 6-foot-8 averaging double digit minutes.

UNM has on its roster 5-11 Jordan Hunter. Two Lobo players who remain in limbo, of sorts, are 6-1 Jalen Harris and 6-3 Anthony Mathis, who both asked to transfer before the March 31 firing of Craig Neal. Neither player, nor UNM, has said whether either is coming back or will still transfer.

Counting Harris and Mathis, UNM has two open scholarships. If Harris and Mathis transfer, UNM will still have four open scholarships remaining.

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