Tuesday, April 26, 2011
New Mexico's spring recruiting went well
By Diamond Leung
New Mexico is expected to enter the season as one of the favorites in the Mountain West Conference based upon the talent of its emerging young guard in Kendall Williams and double-double machine Drew Gordon.
The Lobos are also doing well for themselves to add to the roster this spring, signing a potential starting point guard in Hugh Greenwood from Australia and getting a verbal commitment from small forward Jarion Henry, who ESPN.com's Dave Telep says has top-100 talent.
Greenwood, a candidate to play for Australia in the 2012 Olympics, will compete with Arizona State transfer Demetrius Walker at the point guard position to take over for graduating senior Dairese Gary. He's already led Australia's under-19 team to an international championship, came to New Mexico to play with fellow former Australian Institute of Sport player Cameron Bairstow, and should be instantly notable with his hairstyle.
"He is an exciting guard that will help fill a need that we have for next year, and he should be able to contribute right away for us," coach Steve Alford said in a statement.
Henry, a 6-foot-8 forward from Dallas, is ESPNU's No. 43-ranked small forward and led his high school team to a state championship. He's already made some waves in New Mexico, releasing a YouTube video that proclaimed he would be "one-and-done."
Combined with the fall signing of guard Dominique Dunning from Corona, Calif., the Lobos appear to be prepared for a bounce-back season and for the future of the Mountain West with a fine recruiting class.