All-WAC guard Jahmar Young, a talented but troubled player, is no longer on the New Mexico State roster.
After an arrest over the weekend, Young — who had already declared for the NBA Draft but had not yet hired an agent — was apparently counseled to go ahead and hire that agent.
“Jahmar Young will forgo his senior season at New Mexico State University,” NMSU coach Menzies said in a statement. “He is in the process of hiring an agent and will pursue his professional career immediately. We wish Jahmar success in his future endeavors.”
Young was the WAC Tournament MVP after leading NMSU to a win over Utah State in the championship game. But his arrest in the early hours of Sunday morning for felony assault of a police office at a convenience store was apparently the last straw in his troubled stay in Las Cruces. He’s been arrested before and was convicted of exposing himself to a female student on campus in 2007.
A second NMSU basketball player was with Young and was also given some discipline from the team.
“On another note, Jacoby Patton (a redshirt freshman) has been dismissed from the team indefinitely,” Menzies said.
The loss of Young is certainly a blow to an NMSU team that was expected to challenge for the WAC title next season. With Nevada also losing explosive guard Armon Johnson to the NBA Draft, the path to a fourth-consecutive conference title may be a little easier for a Utah State team that will return four senior starters.