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Monday, May 17, 2010
New Mexico's Brown wants to stick around

By Diamond Leung

Power forward Emmanuel Negedu is set to sign with New Mexico, and Lobos sophomore forward Will Brown has sent a letter to the Albuquerque Journal essentially pleading to stay on the team.

The issue of scholarships has come up with New Mexico. Coach Steve Alford added four high school players and three impact transfers to next year's roster, and Brown apparently doesn't want to be the odd man out.

After Darington Hobson stayed in the draft the Lobos continued to recruit Negedu, knowing his commitment would put them over the scholarship limit. Of course, scholarships are in reality one-year agreements and do not have to be renewed.

The 6-foot-8 Brown, who played in all 35 games and averaged 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds, wrote in a handwritten note that he has "no intentions of leaving" and then apologizes to the coaches and teams for unspecified "actions throughout the season" while asking for forgiveness.

Whether or not that's going to allow him to stick with the defending Mountain West champs remains to be seen. Already, sophomore guard Nate Garth has transferred. The flip side of adding a ton of talent might be leaving others feeling just a bit unwanted.