NM State Men's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Season versus Western Michigan, Friday
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/06/2013

The Aggies start the 2013-14 season at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Nov. 8-12. NM State takes on Western Michigan, Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30p.m. (MT), Tennessee State, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8p.m. (MT) and host team Hawai’i, Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3a.m. (MT). This marks the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in seven years that the Aggies have started on the road.


NM State started playing basketball in 1904, which makes this the 107th season of program history. The Aggies are 65-40-1 all-time in opening games. NM State is 10-21 when playing on the road to open the season. The Aggies are 3-3 in opening games under head coach Marvin Menzies.

Opening season games under Marvin Menzies

Nov. 9, 2007 – at Ohio, L, 80-72

Nov. 15, 2008 – UC Riverside, W, 79-52

Nov. 13, 2009 – at Saint Mary’s, L, 100-68

Nov. 12, 2010 – at Louisiana (Lafayette), W, 92-76

Nov. 12, 2011 – at Northern Colorado, W, 89-75

Nov. 11, 2012 – at Oregon State, L, 71-62

Tall Order

It’s no secret that the NM State men’s basketball team towers over the competition more times than none. But how tall is our whole team put together? When the height of the entire roster of 13 Aggie players is added up it comes out to 84 feet, 9 inches or 1017 inches.

The frontcourt, made up of seven players combine, combines for a height of 48 feet or 576 inches. The Aggies have an average height of 6 feet, 5 inches or 78.2 inches.

Aggies against Western Michigan

The Aggies are 2-0 all-time against Western Michigan. They first met in 1967 when the Aggies won 66-59. The last time they met was, Nov. 19, 2004 with NM State coming out on top with a 65-61 victory in Fairbanks, Alaska at the BP Top of the World Classic. During that game the Aggies shot 43 percent from the field for the game while Western Michigan shot 34 percent. It was a thrilling game as the Aggies secured their victory during overtime. That was the first overtime game since the 2002-03 season for the Aggies.

Shooting to 1,000

Junior guard and Canadian native, Daniel Mullings led the NM State men’s basketball team with 483 points during the 2012-13 season. During the 2011-12 season he tallied a total of 334 points. Prior to the start of this season Mullings needs 183 points to reach 1,000 points for NM State.

Mullings has scored a total of 817 points in his first two seasons at NM State. He has already surpassed No. 21 Hamidu Rahman who played for the Aggies from 2008-12. Rahman scored a total of 532 his first two seasons while Mullings has scored 285 more points than he did.

Eric Channing is NM State’s all-time scoring leader with 1,862 points. Channing played for the Aggies from 1998-02.Hernst Laroche is currently No.15 on all-time points scored. He was under coach Menzies from 2008-12 and scored a total of 400 points his first two years at NM State.

George Knighton was the first Aggie to ever reach 1,000 points. He played for NM State from 1960-62 and scored over 1,000 points his first two years. The most recent Aggies to enter the 1,000 Point Club were Wendell McKines, Hernst Laroche, and Hamidu Rahman in 2012.

Big Sim Bhullar

Sophomore center and Canadian native, Sim Bhullar has played just one season for NM State and already boasts a list of accomplishments. He earned WAC Freshman of the Year after the 2012-13 season. He is the first Aggie to receive this award. The last Aggie to receive Freshman of the Year honors was James Moore in 2001 for the Sun Belt Conference.

Bhullar helped NM State win its second consecutive WAC Tournament title and was named WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. He became the first freshmen since Shawn Bradley in 1991 to receive that award.

Bhullar broke the Aggie record of most blocked shots in a season with 85. He is currently No. 7 on the all-time list at NM State, right behind Sam Lacey (1967-70), who tallied 92 career blocks. Bhullar shot 62.1 percent from the field as a freshman, which ranked fourth on the single season list and first in WAC. During WAC play last year, Bhullar led the league in field goal percentage (60.2) and blocks (54). Bhullar was third team All-WAC and WAC All-Newcomer team selection.

Preseason WAC Polls and Selections

The New Mexico State men’s basketball team was voted to win the Western Athletic Conference title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll as well as in the media poll. Junior guard Daniel Mullings was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.

NM State received eight of the nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and all 24 first-place votes in the media poll. According to the voting done by the leagues’ coaches, Seattle U is picked to finish second, Bakersfield third with Idaho and Utah Valley tying for fourth. The media poll has Idaho finishing second, Bakersfield third and Utah Valley fourth, just ahead of Seattle U.

Mullings, who is a first team and preseason player of the year selection in both polls, finished the 2012-13 season as a second team All-WAC honoree while posting 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Sophomore Sim Bhullar earned first team preseason honors on both the media and coaches’ polls after he was named the 2012-13 WAC Newcomer team and being named the WAC Freshman of the Year. Bhullar marked 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last year and was the first NM State player to earn freshman of the year honors since James Moore in 2001 as a part of the Sun Belt Conference.

The NM State men’s basketball program continues to make steady progression. The Aggies have reached the NCAA Tournament three times under head coach Marvin Menzies (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13) and hope to make it back for the third consecutive season. NM State was selected first in last year’s preseason coaches’ poll and second in the media poll after being selected second in the 2011-12 preseason coaches’ poll and third in the media poll. In 2007-08, the Aggies were selected first in the media poll and fifth by the coaches. That season, NM State tallied a 21-14 record while finishing as co-champions in the WAC regular season and falling in the WAC Tournament championship game to Boise State in three overtimes.

Great Exhibition Showing

Freshman Tanveer Bhullar posted a double-double in a 97-68 exhibition win over Western New Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Pan American Center. He went 6-of-8 from the field for 12 points while grabbing six offensive and four defensive rebounds to get the 10 he needed to cap the double-double. His .750 field goal percentage in the game was second highest. His brother Sim Bhullar was 5-of-6 for an .850 percentage.

Sophomore Matej Buovac shot 50-percent from behind the three-point arc hitting five of 11 shots in a 97-68 exhibition game win over Western New Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 29. He finished the afternoon posting a .545 field goal percentage hitting 6-of-11.

Ross-Miller Gets It Done On and Off the Court

The 2012-13 Academic All-WAC men’s basketball were announced on April 18, 2013 with (then sophomore) guard K.C. Ross-Miller representing the Aggies. Overall, New Mexico State placed 37 winter student-athletes on to the list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

"We are very proud of our student-athletes as they continue to be at the forefront of the Academic All-WAC honorees," athletics director Dr. McKinley Boston said. "We’re proud of the work they did this winter both in competition and in the classroom."

"We are very proud of K.C. and the effort he has made in the classroom," men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies said. "This is a great accomplishment for him and our program."

Aggie Duo Recognized Nationally

New Mexico State men’s basketball junior guard Daniel Mullings and sophomore center Sim Bhullar were recognized as "Mid-Major Stars of Tomorrow" on Foxnews.com.

Mullings led the Aggies in scoring in 2012-13 with 13.8 points per game and earned second team All-WAC and WAC All-Tournament honors. He spent a portion of the summer with the Canadian Development National Team that played in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.

In his first season, Bhullar averaged 10.1 points per game and set the Aggie school record for blocked shots in a single season with 85. He was named the WAC Freshman of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP.

Menzies Adds Sanders and Brand to Staff Over the Summer

New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has added Aerick Sanders as an assistant coach and Eric Brand as the coordinator of player development to the Aggie staff.

Sanders arrived in Las Cruces after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Montana State. He was a standout at San Diego State and played under Steve Fisher and Menzies, who was an assistant coach with the Aztecs from 1999-2003. Sanders was an All-Mountain West selection and team captain as a senior for the Aztecs. He averaged 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior and then played professionally in France, Latvia, Israel, Spain and Turkey. Prior to coaching, Sanders owned and operated the Sanders Sports Academy that worked in skill development from 2010-12.

Brand joins the Aggies after four years, 2009-13, as assistant coach at Texas State and one year, 2008-09, as an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College. He was a graduate assistant coach at Baylor from 2006-08. Brand played professional basketball abroad for five seasons in Austria and Australia. He ended his playing career in the U.S. and led the Elkhart (Ind.) Express of the IBL to a championship in 2007. During his collegiate career, Brand guided Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., to three national titles in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and the championship game in 1999.

Bhullar Named Preseason All-American by CollegeInsider.com

CollegeInsider.com announced that New Mexico State sophomore center Sim Bhullar has been named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team,Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Bhullar, of Toronto, Ontario, finished his first season at NM State playing in all 35 of the Aggies’ games while starting in 26 contests. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and recorded a single-season record 85 blocks for NM State. Those 85 blocks helped the team set a team single-season record of 193 blocks. After the 2013-13 season, Bhullar was named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-American team, as announced by CollegeInsider.com.

The team features players from mid-major programs and is presented by CollegeInsider.com which also awards the Lou Henson Award annually to the top mid-major player in Division I.

Lou Henson was the head coach at NM State from 1966-75 and 1997-2005. When Henson left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and NM State. Henson is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

Sy, Mullings, Bhullar Earn All-WAC Honors

New Mexico State men’s basketball senior forward Bandja Sy, sophomore guard Daniel Mullings and freshman center Sim Bhullar earned All-WAC honors, as voted on by the league’s 10 head coach.

Sy was named a first-team selection after averaging 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He ranked fifth in scoring and fourth in rebounding in WAC only games. This is Sy’s first postseason honor, and it is the seventh consecutive year that the Aggies have had a first-team honoree.

Mullings was voted to the second team All-WAC, after he supplied 14.7 points, 2.6 assists and 2.6 steals per game in conference games. He also earned all-defensive team honors. Mullings led the WAC in steals with 47 in league games, and he ranked sixth in scoring. He is the first Aggie to collect all-defensive team honors since 2008. Last season, Mullings was a WAC All-Newcomer team selection.

After a debut season averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in WAC play, Bhullar was named the WAC Freshman of the Year and to the third team All-WAC and All-Newcomer team. Bhullar is the first Aggie in school history to earn the WAC Freshman of the Year award. In 2001, James Moore was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year. Bhullar ranked first in the WAC in blocks and field goal percentage (60.2) in league contests, while he was 15th in scoring and seventh in rebounding.

2012-13 WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Award Winners


First Team

Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho

Raheem Appleby, So., G, Louisiana Tech

Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech

Bandja Sy, Sr., F, New Mexico State


Second Team

Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver

Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State

Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State

Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

Third Team

Brett Olson, So., G, Denver

Royce O’Neale, So., F, Denver

Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State

Kevin Butler, Sr., F, UT Arlington

Michael Hale III, Sr., G, UTSA


Player of the Year: Kyle Barone, Sr., C, Idaho

Freshman of the Year: Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State

Don Haskins Coach of the Year: Michael White, Louisiana Tech

All-Defensive Team

Chase Hallam, Sr., G, Denver

Chris Udofia, Jr., F, Denver

Michale Kyser, So., F, Louisiana Tech

Kenneth Smith, So., G, Louisiana Tech

Daniel Mullings, So., G, New Mexico State

All-Newcomer Team

Alex Hamilton, Fr., G, Louisiana Tech

Sim Bhullar, Fr., C, New Mexico State

Joel Wright, Jr., F, Texas State

Spencer Butterfield, Jr., G/F, Utah State

Jarred Shaw, Jr., F/C, Utah State

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