Tshilidzi Nephawe, known among his teammates as “Chili,” comes from Johannesburg, South Africa and has three siblings. His major reason to come play with NM State was his strong relationship with head coach Marvin Menzies. He began playing as a power forward during the 2010-11 season and has made an impact on the team ever since.
Last season, Chili started the first nine games but was sidelines with a season-ending hand injury. He averages 7.2 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per games throughout his Aggie career. Chili also shot 51.1 percent from the field. His favorite moment as an Aggie has been winning the WAC tournament. Chili is majoring in Business Information Systems and likes to listen to music before each game.
Nephawe scored a career-high 18 points in the season opener against Western Michigan, Friday, Nov. 8, as the Aggies fell 70-64 in Honolulu. NM State takes on Tennessee State, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. (MT) with radio coverage available on KGRT 103.9 FM.
The Aggies’ home opener is Friday, Nov. 15, against I-10 rival UTEP at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Pan American Ticket Office or by calling 575-640-1420. AGGIE UP!