The University of New Mexico lost a 6-foot-3 guard one day, then signed a replacement 6-3 shooter just two days later.
The Lobo men’s basketball team announced Wednesday that Kurt-Curry Wegscheider inked a National Letter of Intent to play in the 2019-20 season at UNM. A few hours later the player he’s expected to replace — the wildly popular Anthony Mathis — took to Twitter to reveal he is headed to Oregon.
Mathis posted pictures of himself wearing a canary yellow Ducks uniform on his personal Twitter page, writing, “Officially coming home couldn’t be happier.”
Mathis grew up in West Linn, Ore., and was a high school teammate of Ducks guard Payton Pritchard. His choice of playing for Oregon ended just two days of speculation over where he would go. He revealed Monday that he was leaving UNM and using his last year of eligibility to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
Mathis earned his degree in May from UNM. In April, the school had successfully petitioned the NCAA for a waiver to give him a fifth year of eligibility. He played four years with the Lobos, led the team in scoring last season and is eligible to play for the Ducks immediately.
He is the second UNM graduate transfer to leave the Lobos for Oregon in recent years. Former Lobo guard Elijah Brown earned his degree from New Mexico and left for the Ducks prior to the 2017-18 season.
As for Wegscheider, he will enroll at New Mexico as a freshman. He attended the NBA Academy Africa where he trained for the last two years as one of the top prospects on the African continent.
“I am very excited to be joining the University of New Mexico,” Wegscheider said. “It is a great school rich in basketball traditions and with a brilliant education system. I can’t wait to follow the footsteps of other African players who did it before me.”
Motown comes calling: Former Los Alamos High School star Jared Mang will soon be earning a paycheck to hit a baseball.
The UNM senior was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball draft. He was one of three Lobos picked in the 40-round selection process that began Monday. Eight players with New Mexico ties were drafted, including UNM pitchers Justin Slaten (third round, Texas) and Malachi Emond (18th round, Baltimore).
Emond was taken with the 528th overall pick, four spots ahead of Mang. Two players from New Mexico State and one from New Mexico Junior College were also picked, as were two former high school players at out of state colleges.
Mang led the Lobos in virtually every offensive category this season, including batting average, RBI, home runs and hits.