Even before his time as a men’s basketball head coach at New Mexico, Paul Weir saw how fan expectati …
So Dam is striving to not fan the flames about Javonté Johnson, the 6-foot-6 freshman guard from Colorado Springs. But from developments in offseason that have been closed to the media, numerous individuals around the program have told the Journal he has the makings of a potential breakout star.
” Yeah, he’s difficult not to be delighted about,” Dam stated. “I am doing whatever I can to temper expectations. Especially, I know how this community can get. He’s a young kid. He’s an incredible individual. And I’m attempting to secure him as best I can.”
However, even Weir can’t assist himself when asked directly about what he’s seeing up until now from the beginner.
” He’s going to be great,” Dam stated. “He is all set to go, he’s all set to roll. He can score all 3 levels. He’s got a college body. He is probably, you know, day in and day out our hardest employee, if not among them. He’s everything you ‘d want in a player. I believe he’s gon na have a remarkable career here at New Mexico. And I’m overjoyed about him. We hit on him and we feel that way.
” At the very same time, I don’t want to be too outward about that, for his sake. And for the fans also. … I wish to do my best job coaching him and bring that out of him. But he’s an undeniable skill, and I actually look forward to training him.”
HAPPY DAYS: UNM’s newly worked with unique assistant to the head coach, Dave Pilipovich, informed the Journal that one of his first observations is how happy the Lobo players seem to be.
” It’s an excellent young group of guys and some skill – I see a skilled group,” Pilipovich stated. “And I see kids walking around the workplace, you understand they have their masks on, however you see they’re are chuckling and having a good time. They simply seem to be a linked group, which all starts with Paul, the method he’s brought them together and the chance to like to win again. That’s a cool thing to see.”
FURSTY LOVE: Among the more impressive stories in recent Lobo hoops tradition is the coming out celebration forward Joe Furstinger had in Weir’s very first season. Based upon Furstinger’s production and function through his first few seasons at UNM, a memory Pilipovich shared of that 2017-18 season may still catch some Lobo fans off guard.
The 2017-18 Lobos were selected to finish ninth in the Mountain West, in fact ended up 3rd and rode a seven-game win streak into their league champion game appearance. Pilipovich kept in mind that his group’s Feb. 10, 2018 upset of the Lobos at the Academy was due in big part to the absence of Furstinger, suspended after starting a scuffle the game prior versus Boise State.
” The key to us winning was that Furstinger didn’t play,” Pilipovich remembers. “Timing is everything and he needed to sit out. Defensively, he blocked shots, aggressive, he had fun with a motor – just a hard boy of a weapon. I loved Joe Furstinger. You wanted him on your team, not playing versus him.”
Furstinger is playing this season for Polpharma Starogard Gdanski, a professional team in Poland. On Thursday, he had 13 points, four rebounds and a block in 18 minutes of play in a two-point loss.
TALKING ‘BOUT PRACTICE: The very same public health order that led UNM management to no let the Lobo football team play its schedules season opener on Saturday at Colorado State also has UNM’s guys’s and females’s basketball teams restricted in practice.
While the NCAA opened practice nationwide Oct. 14 with Department I groups enabled 30 complete team practices over the 42 days prior to the Nov. 25 opener, both UNM and NMSU, after one or two initial practices, are now limited to training in groups no larger than five.
WOMEN’S CENTER: The Lobos will host its 2nd “Women’s Walkthrough” on Nov. 10– a virtual event offering behind the scenes looks at the Pit center and talks with training staff aimed at offering a much better understanding of the program and what players and coaches do.
The registration due date is Feb. 6 and the event is $20, complimentary for UNM trainees. More details is available online at GoLobos.com/ Walthrough.