At this point, the New Mexico basketball program is going to have a hard time fielding a team at all, let alone a competitive one.
After suffering through a disappointing 17-14 season, the Lobos have seen the bulk of their starting roster decide to continue the amateur basketball career at other institutions.
On Tuesday, point guard Jalen Harris announced he will be looking to follow along that same vein:
Harris joins Elijah Brown, Sam Logwood and Anthony Mathis who have all made the same decision this offseason.
The string of departures lacks no exact precipitating action. More than likely, the exodus is a result of New Mexico’s inability to play and compete at the level that had previously enjoyed under coach Steve Alford.
After Alford departed to become the coach of the UCLA Bruins, the steady decline under Craig Neal has been undeniable.
Neal experienced his greatest success in his first year as coach of the Lobo’s when he went 24-9 and lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament. That team was comprised mostly of players that were recruited by Alford and the Lobos have failed to replicate that kind of success in its previous three seasons, going 49-44 and failing to win 20 games.
Harris is transferring after his freshman season, which means he will be forced to sit out the entire 2017-18 season, as per NCAA Transfer rules.