CHRIS JANS: Obviously, we're thrilled to be here. It's what every young man that starts playing basketball dreams of playing in is March Madness, and certainly when you choose this profession as a basketball coach, this is the goal, to be in March Madness. I'm elated for our university, for the storied program, certainly to be able to give them another Championship in our first year is rewarding. They're used to winning. It's kind of an exhale moment when we won at GCU and we could add our team to the list.
Q. Chris, Gregg got a lot of questions about you earlier today. Your time at Wichita State. One of the things he said, I asked him what he learned from you or maybe what specifically he could remember.
CHRIS JANS: Nothing. Continue Reading This Post >>
Q. Zach, you've probably been asked this quite a bit over the course of the year, but for those of us who haven't re been around the program, what led you to transfer to New Mexico State this year?
ZACH LOFTON: My coach back home, Brian, he spoke with Coach Jans and Jeff Mailhot and told me to come take a visit, me and my mom to come down there and check it out. You know what I mean? You don't have to go there, but check it out. We went down there and found a home. My mom loved it, so picked it. Continue Reading This Post >>
Q. First of all, how are you guys enjoying the trip so far? Is it everything you would have imagined being part of the NCAA Tournament?
GABE DeVOE: Yeah, just getting adjusted to the time. Had great dinner with the team yesterday, just exciting and ready to play tomorrow.
Q. I was talking to Tim yesterday and he was talking about the Barcelona trip and how that incident in front of the team hotel with the bombing brought the team together. Can you talk about that moment and what it was like to go through it and do you think that was a turning point in terms of how this team came together as one and how it carried you guys through the season? Continue Reading This Post >>
Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
ST. LOUIS, MO - Jemerrio Jones and Zach Lofton of the New Mexico State men’s basketball team were name to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District Team for district VIII Tuesday afternoon.
The announcement comes shortly after the Western Athletic Conference released its all-conference honors for the 2017-18 season where Jones was named player of the year and to the all-defensive team while Lofton was named to the All-WAC First-Team and WAC All-Newcomer Team.
This is the first time in program history that the Aggies have had two players earn all-district honors in the same year. The last Aggie to earn all-district honors was Pascal Siakam during the 2015-16 season. Continue Reading This Post >>
Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
DENVER, CO - After another banner year for the New Mexico State men’s basketball team, first-year head coach Chris Jans was named the Western Athletic Conference Don Haskins Coach of the Year while senior forward Jemerrio Jones claimed WAC Player of the Year accolades.
Jans is the first WAC men’s head coach since Nevada’s Mark Fox (2004-05) to win coach of the year honors in his first year at the helm.
The Aggies posted a 25-5 overall mark in the regular-season and 12-2 record in conference play under his direction. The 12-2 record in the WAC gave NM Sate its third regular-season title in four years outright and is the second-best record in conference play since joining the WAC. In addition, Jans guided the Aggies to their first win over an AP top-10 ranked opponent since 1990 when NM State defeated then-No. 6/7 Miami 63-54 in the semifinal game of the 2017 Hawaii Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Continue Reading This Post >>
Written By: WAC Media Relations
DENVER, CO - NM State senior forward Jemerrio Jones has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 19-25. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career. Continue Reading This Post >>