As of Tuesday evening, five players from the 2016-2017 UNM men’s basketball roster have decided to continue their college careers at a different institution.
Last week, it was announced that Elijah Brown and Anthony Mathis are leaving the team. Three more players have added themselves to the transfer list since then.
On January 21, LoboRadio — comprised of a group of Lobo fans who focus on the school’s basketball team — tweeted confirmation that junior guard/forward Sam Logwood was looking to transfer.
It took a few days for this to be announced as official by the University, but an email from the Athletic Department on Monday confirmed that this was more than just a rumor.
Logwood’s status as a junior does not mean he will lose eligibility. Instead, he will probably sit out a year before he can play, since, according to rules, he has five years to complete four seasons.
During his three seasons at UNM he recorded an average of 6.6 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent from the field.
The day after Logwood’s announcement, Jalen Harris also decided to make his departure official.
Harris only spent one season with the Lobos, in which he started 18 games as a point guard. With a 43.9 percent shooting percentage from the field, he averaged 4.5 points per game.
“It’s disappointing that we have a freshman that has decided to leave,” said head coach Craig Neal in a statement. “We had really high hopes for Jalen, but he has a great future ahead of him and is an outstanding kid. We support his decision and wish him the best.”
The fifth Lobo to leave the program is Holt Shelley, a 6’9” walk-on from Cliff, New Mexico. Shelley will attend a different university in the fall but is not looking to continue his basketball career.
Isabel Gonzalez is a sports reporter for the Daily Lobo. She mainly covers men’s soccer and basketball. She can be reached at sports @dailylobo.com or on Twitter @cisabelg.