2015–16 New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team

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2015–16 New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball
New Mexico State Aggies wordmark.svg
WAC regular season champions
NIT, First round
ConferenceWestern Athletic Conference
2015–16 record23–11 (13–1 WAC)
Head coachMarvin Menzies (9th season)
Assistant coachPaul Weir
Assistant coachKeith Brown
Assistant coachAerick Sanders
Home arenaPan American Center
Seasons
2015–16 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
New Mexico State 13 1   .929     23 11   .676
Grand Canyon* 11 3   .786     27 7   .794
Cal State Bakersfield 11 3   .786     24 9   .727
Seattle 7 7   .500     15 17   .469
Utah Valley 6 8   .429     12 18   .400
UMKC 4 10   .286     12 19   .387
UT Rio Grande Valley 4 10   .286     8 22   .267
Chicago State 0 14   .000     4 28   .125
* Ineligible for postseason during transition to Division I.
2016 WAC Tournament winner

The 2015–16 New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team represented New Mexico State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Aggies, led by ninth year head coach Marvin Menzies, played their home games at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico and were members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the season 23–11, 13–1 in WAC play to win the WAC regular season championship. They defeated UMKC to advance to the championship game of the WAC Tournament where they lost to Cal State Bakersfield. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost in the first round to Saint Mary's.

On April 16, 2016, head coach Marvin Menzies left the school to accept the head coaching position at UNLV.[1] On April 26, the school hired Paul Weir, an assistant coach under Menzies, as head coach.[2]

Previous season[edit]

The Aggies finished the 2014–15 season with an overall record 23–11, 13–1 in WAC play to win the regular season WAC championship. They defeated Cal State Bakersfield and Seattle to be champions of the WAC Tournament. They received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Kansas.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
D. K. Eldridge 1 G 6'2" 180 Senior Dallas, TX Graduated
Remi Barry 3 F 6'8" 225 Senior Paris, France Graduated
Tshilidzi Nephawe 15 C 6'10" 268 RS Senior Johannesburg, South Africa Graduated
Daniel Mullings 23 G 6'2" 170 Senior Toronto, ON Graduated
Aaron Kubinski 34 F 6'5" 195 RS Sophomore Albuquerque, NM Left the team due to personal reasons
Anthony January 44 F 6'8" 200 Sophomore Los Angeles, CA Transferred to Cal State San Bernardino

2015 Recruiting Class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jermaine Haley
PG
Burnaby, BC Sunrise Christian Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jul 14, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 80
Bollo Gnahore
C
Abidjan, Ivory Coast New Hope Christian Academy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (120 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 New Mexico State Basketball Commits". ESPN.com.

Roster[edit]

2015–16 New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Travon Landry Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Jr Huntington Prep San Antonio, TX
F 1 Harold Givens 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Faith Baptist Christian Norcross, GA
G 2 Braxton Huggins 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Mira Monte HS Bakersfield, CA
G 4 Ian Baker 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Arlington Country Day HS Washington, D.C.
G 5 Matt Taylor 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Future College Prep Toronto, ON
G 10 Rashawn Browne 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Fr Bill Crothers Secondary Toronto, ON
F 11 Johnathon Wilkins 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So La Lumiere HS Lille, France
F 14 Jose Campo 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS Fr West Oaks Academy Riohacha, Colombia
G 15 Rene Esparza 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr New Mexico JC
Faith Christian Acad.
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
G 20 Sidy Ndir 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Fr West Oaks Academy Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, France
C 21 Tanveer Bhullar 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 335 lb (152 kg) RS So Father Henry Carr Secondary Toronto, ON
F 22 Eli Chuha 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 217 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Redlands East Valley Redlands, CA
G 35 Jalyn Pennie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Christian Faith Center Academy Toronto, ON
F 43 Pascal Siakam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So God's Academy Douala, Cameroon
G Jermaine Haley Current redshirt 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Burnaby, BC
C Bollo Gnahore Current redshirt 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr New Hope Christian Academy Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule[edit]

[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 02, 2015*
7:00 pm
Western New Mexico W 80–39 
 17  Siakam   13  Chuha   3  Baker  Pan American Center (3,813)
Las Cruces, NM
Regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Houston Baptist W 91–69  1–0
 28  Siakam   11  Siakam   5  Esparza  Pan American Center (5,130)
Las Cruces, NM
Nov 15, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
New Mexico
Rio Grande Rivalry
L 74–83  1–1
 23  Siakam   9  Bhullar   2  Baker  Pan American Center (6,796)
Las Cruces, NM
Nov 18, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Tennessee Tech
Air Force Classic
W 76–63  2–1
 30  Siakam   11  Siakam   4  Siakam  Pan American Center (4,104)
Las Cruces, NM
Nov 21, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Mississippi Valley State
Air Force Classic
W 85–46  3–1
 19  Siakam   16  Siakam   7  Baker  Pan American Center (4,346)
Las Cruces, NM
Nov 24, 2015*
7:30 pm, AggieVision
Robert Morris
Air Force Classic
W 81–71 OT[4] 4–1
 35  Siakam   13  Siakam   5  Baker  Pan American Center (4,115)
Las Cruces, NM
Nov 28, 2015*
12:00 pm
at Air Force
Air Force Classic
L 64–66 OT 4–2
 26  Siakam   12  Siakam   4  Baker  Clune Arena (1,034)
Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 02, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
UTEP
Battle of I-10
W 73–59  5–2
 24  Siakam   23  Siakam   4  Taylor/Browne  Pan American Center (6,303)
Las Cruces, NM
Dec 05, 2015*
5:00 pm
at Long Beach State L 53–67  5–3
 14  Siakam   11  Siakam   3  Baker/Taylor  Walter Pyramid (2,376)
Long Beach, CA
Dec 13, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Wyoming L 59–62  5–4
 20  Baker   15  Siakam   3  Baker/Taylor  Pan American Center (4,562)
Las Cruces, NM
Dec 16, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at New Mexico
Rio Grande Rivalry
L 61–79  5–5
 21  Siakam   9  Bhullar   5  Browne  The Pit (15,362)
Albuquerque, NM
Dec 19, 2015*
7:00 pm, ASN
at UTEP
Battle of I-10
W 73–53  6–5
 26  Baker   10  Siakam   8  Taylor  Don Haskins Center (9,040)
El Paso, TX
Dec 21, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Oral Roberts W 76–61  7–5
 35  Siakam   11  Siakam   4  Baker  Pan American Center (4,315)
Las Cruces, NM
Dec 23, 2015*
6:00 pm
at Baylor L 70–85  7–6
 26  Siakam   10  Siakam   5  Taylor/Pennie  Ferrell Center (5,842)
Waco, TX
Dec 30, 2015*
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Arizona Christian W 81–61  8–6
 28  Siakam   10  Siakam   4  Baker/Taylor/Siakam  Pan American Center (4,210)
Las Cruces, NM
Jan 02, 2016*
8:00 pm
at UC Irvine L 52–54  8–7
 17  Siakam   10  Siakam   6  Siakam  Bren Events Center (2,866)
Irvine, CA
Jan 07, 2016
7:00 pm, ASN
at Utah Valley W 78–66  9–7
(1–0)
 20  Siakam   11  Siakam   6  Baker  UCCU Center (3,155)
Orem, UT
Jan 09, 2016
7:00 pm
at Grand Canyon L 75–79  9–8
(1–1)
 17  Siakam   12  Siakam   8  Baker  GCU Arena (7,413)
Phoenix, AZ
Jan 14, 2016
7:00 pm, ASN
UMKC W 65–64  10–8
(2–1)
 16  Baker   15  Siakam   6  Taylor  Pan American Center (4,187)
Las Cruces, NM
Jan 16, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Chicago State W 80–62  11–8
(3–1)
 21  Siakam   13  Siakam   5  Baker  Pan American Center (4,301)
Las Cruces, NM
Jan 21, 2016
8:00 pm
at Seattle W 68–60  12–8
(4–1)
 21  Siakam   11  Siakam   2  Baker/Pennie/Siakam  KeyArena (1,365)
Seattle, WA
Jan 23, 2016
8:00 pm
Cal State Bakersfield W 68–67 2OT 13–8
(5–1)
 21  Siakam   10  Baker   6  Baker  Icardo Center (3,880)
Bakersfield, CA
Jan 30, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 92–68  14–8
(6–1)
 24  Siakam   16  Siakam   5  Baker  Pan American Center (4,710)
Las Cruces, NM
Feb 04, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Grand Canyon W 70–50  15–8
(7–1)
 17  Siakam   16  Siakam   4  Baker  Pan American Center (5,509)
Las Cruces, NM
Feb 06, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Utah Valley W 98–74  16–8
(8–1)
 27  Siakam   11  Siakam   4  Siakam  Pan American Center (4,476)
Las Cruces, NM
Feb 08, 2016*
7:00 pm
vs. Northern New Mexico W 85–54  17–8
 14  Bhullar   6  Siakam/Bhullar   4  Ndir  Santa Ana Star Center (2,306)
Rio Rancho, NM
Feb 13, 2016
1:05 pm
at Chicago State W 69–55  18–8
(9–1)
 24  Siakam   8  Siakam   7  Taylor  Jones Convocation Center (813)
Chicago, IL
Feb 15, 2015*
6:00 pm
at Wichita State
Postponed from Dec 28, 2015[5]
L 41–71  18–9
 17  Siakam   10  Siakam   2  Taylor  Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
Wichita, KS
Feb 18, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Cal State Bakersfield W 63–55  19–9
(10–1)
 16  Baker   12  Siakam   3  Siakam  Pan American Center (4,550)
Las Cruces, NM
Feb 20, 2016
7:00 pm, AggieVision
Seattle W 70–57  20–9
(11–1)
 22  Huggins   18  Siakam   4  Baker  Pan American Center (4,669)
Las Cruces, NM
Feb 27, 2016
1:00 pm, AggieVision
at UMKC W 62–61  21–9
(12–1)
 17  Siakam   11  Siakam   4  Baker  Municipal Auditorium (2,551)
Kansas City, MO
Mar 05, 2016
6:00 pm
at Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 83–44  22–9
(13–1)
 24  Siakam   10  Siakam   6  Baker  UTRGV Fieldhouse (1,336)
Edinburg, TX
WAC Tournament
Mar 11, 2016
7:00 pm
(1) vs. (5) UMKC
Semifinals
W 78–64  23–9
 20  Baker   11  Siakam   2  Baker/Siakam/Wilkins  Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
Mar 12, 2016
9:00 pm, ESPNU
(1) vs. (2) Cal State Bakersfield
Championship game
L 54–57  23–10
 13  Bhullar   11  Bhullar   3  Baker  Orleans Arena (1,673)
Paradise, NV
NIT
Mar 15, 2016*
9:00 pm, ESPN2
(7) (2) Saint Mary's
First round – Valparaiso Bracket
L 56–58  23–11
 19  Siakam   14  Siakam   7  Baker  McKeon Pavilion (1,154)
Moraga, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Time.

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