First year assistant coach Wyking Jones will see a lot of familiar faces on Saturday night when the Cards take on the New Mexico Lobos in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Just a year ago, Jones was a member of Steve Alford’s staff in Albuquerque. Jones was an assistant coach and top recruiter for the Lobos from 2009-2011.
In all honesty, Wyking Jones is somewhat responsible for the Lobos being in the situation they’re currently in. Coach Jones played a huge role in bringing in some of New Mexico’s most talented players. A win over Louisville on Saturday would give the Lobos their first Sweet-16 appearance in school history.
Drew Gordon, the Lobos top player had originally signed and played with UCLA for two seasons before transferring to play for Coach Alford at New Mexico. Gordon was the Mountain West New Comer of the year last season as a junior and was the conference’s pre-season MVP this year. He’s currently averaging 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Wyking Jones single handily brought Gordon from UCLA to New Mexico.
Coach Jones was also out in front on the recruitment of New Mexico sophomore’s Tony Snell and Kendall Williams, the Lobos second and third leading scorers. He also played a huge role in landing freshman guard Hugh Greenwood, before he accepted the position with Louisville. Greenwood has started nearly every game for the Lobos.
I think it’s safe to say that New Mexico might not be where they’re at without Wyking Jones.