Wednesday marked the start of the early signing period for basketball recruits for 2015-2016 seasons. New Mexico head coach received three Letters of intent from three players that will look to have an immediate impact next year when arrive on campus. Jordan Hunter, Dane Kuiper,and Anthony Mathis will join transfers Tim Williams and Elijah Brown next year. With the Lobos only having have two seniors in Deshawn Delaney and Hugh Greenwood the Lobos will return the core of their team and should be one of the favorites next year from the Mountain West Conference title.
Jordan Hunter: Hunter a 5"11 guard from Beaumont, Texas, plays at Ozen High School just east of Houston. Hunter is one of the top players in Texas in the 2015 recruiting class and was the Texas 20-4A District Offensive Player of the Year during his junior season. Hunter who was nominated for the 2015 Mc Donald's All American game. With the Lobos losing Hugh Greenwood this year there will be a need at the guard position with Tim Jacobs being the Lobos only returning true point guard in 2015. Cullen Neal and Elijah Brown can play point guard but they are more suited for the Shooting Guard or wing positions in the Lobos offense. Hunter should see minutes as a freshman and could make an immediate impact with his quickness and playmaking ability.
Dane Kuiper: Kuiper is a 6'7 combo guard from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona he is a transplant from Wasilla, Alaska. He committed before his junior season and became Craig Neal's second recruit as he committed after Cullen Neal. Kuiper was not known on the national recruiting scene at the time of his commitment. Since his commitment he has grown two inches and has drawn a lot of attention due to his outstanding play. Many schools checked his interest to see if they could get him to de-commit from the Lobos but he stayed the course and signed with the Lobos. He is now considered the number one rated player in Arizona for the 2015 recruiting class and is considered as a top 100 national prospect by HoopScoopOnline.com. Expect Kuiper to see minutes immediately in 2015 even pushing Arthur Edwards and Elijah Brown for a starting spot on the wing.
Anthony Mathis: Mathis is a 6'2 guard from West Linn, Oregon. He is a prolific scorer that showed off that ability at various AAU events this summer. He is considered a top 100 national prospect by HoopScoopOnline.com. He comes from a winning program in high school leading the West Linn Lions to 24-4 mark and a state championship. He was a 6A all state selection during his junior season. The Lobos beat out conference rival UNLV for Mathis.