LAS CRUCES, N.M.-New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has signed B.J. West to a National Letter of Intent, Wednesday, May 6. West is a power forward/center from Cheneyville, La.
“When B.J. visited campus, he was obviously a perfect fit for us at NM State,” Menzies said. “He is an extremely talented big man with a huge upside. We are optimistic he can come in and compete for minutes right away.”
This season at God’s Academy in Dallas, Texas, West guided the team to a 35-7 record. The Ambassadors were the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Division I National Champions and Texas High School Freelance State Champions. West and God’s Academy finished second at the National Christian Educated Basketball Association (NCEBA) National Tournament and third at the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Tournament.
He was a first team NCEBA All-American in addition to an all-tournament team selection at the NACA, NCSAA, NCEBA and National Prep Alliance (NPA) tournaments.
Last year, West led Rapides High School in Lecompte, La., to a Class B State Championship after averaging 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per game. He was the District 6 Most Valuable Player and recorded eight triple-doubles (points, rebounds and blocks) with the Mustangs. As a member of the Louisiana Future AAU team, West led the squad to a top 6 finish at the Real Deal on the Hill in the spring of 2008 and averaged 14 points and 16 rebounds per contest.