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Eager for second season, Weir adds JUCO transfer to Lobos

J.R. Oppenheim and Brandon Ortega
May 15, 2018 06:36 PM


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The recruitment process continues for University of New Mexico men's basketball coach Paul Weir.

UNM announced Tuesday that junior college transfer Corey Manigault signed a national letter of intent to join the Lobos next year. The 6-foot-8 guard played his sophomore season at Indian Hills Community College, shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from the 3-point line.

Prior to his time at Indian Hills, Manigault played in 18 games as a freshman at Pitt.

"Corey is an excellent student in the classroom and is the perfect hybrid post player as we continue to add to our ballclub," Weir said. "We now have the size on our roster to be able to play our style and Corey will be a very big part of that."

At a Wednesday press conference, Weir talked about the excitement surrounding his second season with the team. Most of all, he's pumped to get his recruits going.

"Really excited about our roster, particularly up front and the depth and size that we have," he said.  I think it's going to allow us to play the way we want to play at both ends of the court. This past year, I thought we had to play a perfect game, and we kind of had to hope other teams wouldn't do certain things."

Season tickets went on sale Monday for the 2018-19 season. Weir said they picked up 21 new season ticket holders. It's a good start when it comes to attendance.

Weir said he wants The Pit to once again rank among the best arenas in the nation.

"Nothing would make me more happy than to get our program back in the top 25 in attendance," he said. "Pleading people, begging people: buy season tickets. Renew your season tickets. If you already have, get someone else. Recruit. Even if they don't like me or they don't like us, tell them to get tickets and they can yell at us at the game."


J.R. Oppenheim and Brandon Ortega

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