Over the last 15 years, the New Mexico Lobos have had lots of great players walk onto Bob King Court, and thanks to Cameron Bairstow and former UNM assistant Coach Brandon Mason the two have organized an All-Star game Lobo fans will have the opportunity to see some of these players on the court together.
Fans will get the opportunity to see former NBA first round picks Danny Granger, J.R Giddens and Tony Snell on the court together. They will also be able to settle the argument of who is the better dunker Deshawn Delaney or Tony Danridge, because the event which will include an autograph sessions will also have a slam-dunk contest. The game will be held at the conclusion of Bairstow's first Skills camp on June 28th at 6 p.m. MT at The Pit .
The game will be played at The Pit and will include a who's who among former Lobo greats from the last 15 years. The roster will include six current and former NBA players Cameron Bairstow (Chicago Bulls), Tony Snell (Chicago Bulls), and Danny Granger (Phoenix Suns) are all currently in the NBA while J.R Giddens (New York Knicks), Alex Kirk (Cleveland Cavilers) and Drew Gordon (Philadelphia 76ers) have all had recent stints in the NBA and will be on NBA Summer League rosters this year with hopes of making it back into the league. Recent Lobo Deshawn Delaney who has signed with the Brooklyn Nets to participate in the NBA Summer League will also be at this All-Star game..
Aside from the NBA players, the game will also feature Lobos that have and are currently playing pro basketball overseas. Kendall Williams (Fileni Jesi, Italy), Tony Danridge (Libertad S, Argentina), Dairese Gary (Smouha Alexandria, Egypt), Phillip McDonald (Eco Orebro, Sweden), Jamal Fenton ( Trepca, Kosova), and 2003 NCAA scoring champion Ruben Douglas (Panionios B.C., Greece).
While the makeup of each team has not been determined, Daniel Faris (injury) and Emmanuel Negedu will serve as the coaches for the game. Notable players missing from the group of participants are Hugh Greenwood, Chad Toppert, Darington Hobson and Roman Martinez each of which are either has a previous engagements or will be out of the country. Each player that is still under contract has received permission from their respective teams to participate in the game.
Even though the game will be held at The Pit it is not sponsored by UNM. The University will operate the concession stands and not charge Bairstow rental fees to use the facility. The group will have to pay for cleanup, janitorial service, security and the logistics of the game which includes travel and Lodging for players.
Tickets start at $8 and can be purchased from the UNM Ticket Office. Portions of the proceeds will go to the UNM Lobo Club and the Pink Pack Foundation for BREAST Cancer research. As the Lobos continue to produce professional level talent this game can be the foundation for an annual game that can bring some of the Lobos brightest stars back to Albuquerque even if for just one night.