ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Point guard Josh Jenkins is leaving New
Mexico State and could be headed to rival New Mexico.
The former Valley High School standout was told by new NMSU
coach Reggie Theus that he didn't figure into the Aggies' future
plans and his playing time likely would diminish after next season.
Jenkins and his stepfather, Hunter Greene, said they wanted to
meet with New Mexico coach Ritchie McKay to discuss a possible
transfer to New Mexico. Greene played at New Mexico in the mid 1980s.
Theus is trying to rebuild an NMSU program that finished 6-24
last season. He has been on an aggressive recruiting campaign this
offseason and has revamped the Aggies' lineup with the addition of
several recruits and transfers.
Theus said he told Jenkins he would be better off at another
school. Jenkins will have three years of eligibility left, but will
have to sit out next season if he transfers to another Division I
Jenkins, a freshman last season, started 21 games for the Aggies
and averaged 10.1 points and a team-high 3.5 assists a game.
"As a freshman, I did well," Jenkins said. "I figured I'd be
one of the few who stayed and tried to rebuild the program. I was
working hard, but I guess the coach didn't like what he saw."
Jenkins, who averaged 26 points and 8.4 assists a game his
senior year at Valley High School, was not recruited by New Mexico.
But he says he has always wanted to play for the Lobos. He said he
has already filed the paperwork required to transfer from New
New Mexico currently does not have a scholarship available for
Jenkins and if he decided to join the Lobos, it would likely have
to be as a walk-on.
Jenkins also said going to a junior college for one year is a
Jenkins said a major reason for his wanting to transfer to New
Mexico is the fact his mother, Rita Santiago, has cancer. Santiago
lives in Albuquerque.
Point guard Josh Jenkins is leaving New Mexico State and could be headed to rival New Mexico.