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Bullchuter
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Do any of these Last Names bring any Lobo Memories?

Becker, Ron

Shropshire

Lucero, Mike

McGee

Banks

Minnefield, Darryl

King ,Tom

Boo Ellis

Some May be Gone but not Forgotten!  

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Topic starter Posted : June 4, 2021 7:47 pm
boingee
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No

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Posted : June 4, 2021 10:28 pm
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Willie Banks was one of my favorite local guys that played for AHS and came from a basketball family. Class Act all the way around!! Had a good pro career in New Zealand 🇳🇿👏

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Posted : June 5, 2021 4:01 am
AustinTLobo
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A few notables about:

Ron Becker, great from the charity stripe, had very thin blond hair, he was affectionately called "the onion."

Darryl Minnefield, early 70s under Bob King, almost averaged a career double/double, 9.8 rebounds per game and 12.1 points per game.  Could jump out of the gym. 

Darrell McGee, unfortunately died of a stroke at 47 years of age in Houston Texas, played under Colson with Luc Longley, tremendous assist player averaging over 7 assists per game one year, had a 4-year career (1986-87 to 1989-1990) with 684 total assists or 5.0 per game average.   

Tom King, great rebounder that played under Bob King in early 60s, 2-years career with almost 700 rebound. Had 24 rebound one game. 

Steve  Shropshire, (1966-1969) roll player who shared the court with some Lobo Greats, Ron Nelson one year and Mel Daniels.  Played in the first game at the PIT against Abilene Christian. Was part of the 1967-68 team that finish 1st in the WAC , finish 6th ranked in AP poll. 

 

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Posted : June 5, 2021 6:58 am
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Posted by: @boingee

No

SMH 🤦‍♂️ Thank’s for your input Mr. Admin.... Not a star but Lewis Lamar always worked hard. 

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Posted : June 5, 2021 7:12 am
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Then there was Keith Magee, a 6-foot-1 guard who played in the 1979-1980 season for the Lobos under Charlie Harrison. He was a wide receiver on UNM's football team who was recruited to play as the team was decimated by the Lobogate scandal. He ended his career after  four years on UNM's football team, playing in 46 games with 102 catches and 9 TDs. He appeared in 16 basketball games that one season for the Lobos and scored 86 total points.    

Mike Lucero was a standout prep player at Santa Fe High and for the Lobos in the early 1960s. He led the state in scoring in high school and was a fierce rebounder on King's 1964 NIT runnerup squad.

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Posted : June 5, 2021 9:31 am
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JulieG
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@papalobo12

Really nice guy as well.

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Posted : June 5, 2021 1:18 pm
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@austintlobo good summaries but I think you may be confusing Becker with another player - he was a 2- 3 yr starter at the SG. 6’4” , fierce competitor and as all of King’s players who got minutes, a good defender. Started with ron nelson, howie grimes, Ron Sanford and stretch Howard. 
https://www.krqe.com/sports/local-sports/ron-becker-is-honored-53-years-after-playing-at-unm/

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Posted : June 5, 2021 6:02 pm
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ComeOnNow
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I'm more curious about Kendall Williams, Mark Walters, Charles Smith, DeShawn Delaney and Wayland White. But I'm just a young gun... 😇

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Posted : June 5, 2021 7:35 pm
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Posted by: @comeonnow

I'm more curious about Kendall Williams, Mark Walters, Charles Smith, DeShawn Delaney and Wayland White. But I'm just a young gun... 😇

You need to learn the history of the program.  Without the guys the OP listed, there wouldn't have been the guys you listed.

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Posted : June 5, 2021 8:02 pm
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Ron Becker, from Farmington as I remember it, was a starter his 3 years playing for the Lobos. Freshman were not eligible then

He total points were 1010  and averaged 12.6 ppg including 16.1 ppg his senior year. You do not amass those kind of numbers coming off the bench. He could shoot- better yet, he was a good maker.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 7:00 am
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Posted by: @walkon

Ron Becker, from Farmington as I remember it, was a starter his 3 years playing for the Lobos. Freshman were not eligible then

He total points were 1010  and averaged 12.6 ppg including 16.1 ppg his senior year. You do not amass those kind of numbers coming off the bench. He could shoot- better yet, he was a good maker.

Yep, he had this “kinda” half set, half J outside shot and if there was 3 PT line, he would have had many more points - he was one of the few under King that had his “ok” to shoot from outside.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 7:38 am
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Bullchuter
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Thanks To all of you for enhancing their memorable contributions to Lobo BB.  A few other names that came to mind after I recalled were: John Teel, & Skip Kruzich (SP)  Brummel, Lanny Winters.  I've had some wonderful memories of watching all of them played.  GO LOBOS!

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Topic starter Posted : June 6, 2021 8:10 am
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UNM Class of1972
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I saw Mike Lucero about three years ago when I worked at the polls. He lived in Albuquerque then. Gig Brummel sits a few rows from me at the Pit. He looks in great condition and he is older than me.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 8:21 am
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Posted by: @walkon

Ron Becker, from Farmington as I remember it, was a starter his 3 years playing for the Lobos. Freshman were not eligible then

He total points were 1010  and averaged 12.6 ppg including 16.1 ppg his senior year. You do not amass those kind of numbers coming off the bench. He could shoot- better yet, he was a good maker.

Becker was from Roswell and Steve Shropshire and Tommy Roberts were from Farmington.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 8:22 am
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Posted by: @unm-class-of-1972
Posted by: @walkon

Ron Becker, from Farmington as I remember it, was a starter his 3 years playing for the Lobos. Freshman were not eligible then

He total points were 1010  and averaged 12.6 ppg including 16.1 ppg his senior year. You do not amass those kind of numbers coming off the bench. He could shoot- better yet, he was a good maker.

Becker was from Roswell and Steve Shropshire and Tommy Roberts were from Farmington.

Rob Robbins is also from Farmington.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 9:18 am
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Skip Kruzich was someone that didn't get the accolades, but was a glue guy that kept everyone on the same page. I was impressed in how much of effect a player can have on a team without being seen as the great contributor.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 9:19 am
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Ben Monroe was from Carlsbad, I’m pretty sure

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Posted : June 6, 2021 10:51 am
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Posted by: @doublealum

Ben Monroe was from Carlsbad, I’m pretty sure

Yes he was.

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Posted : June 6, 2021 11:01 am
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Posted by: @loborick
Posted by: @comeonnow

I'm more curious about Kendall Williams, Mark Walters, Charles Smith, DeShawn Delaney and Wayland White. But I'm just a young gun... 😇

You need to learn the history of the program.  Without the guys the OP listed, there wouldn't have been the guys you listed.

Agreed, you need to learn to understand young buck! Start with Petie Gibson not JJ Griego! By the way is JJ still the coach of the Socorro Warriors? 

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Posted : June 6, 2021 12:06 pm
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Riches6
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What ever happened to one of my all-time favorites Bernard Hardin??

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Posted : June 8, 2021 5:07 pm
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Posted by: @riches6

What ever happened to one of my all-time favorites Bernard Hardin??

Not sure what happened with Hardin, but he was a good player to say the least. 1973-74 season he averaged 17 points per game and 6 rebound per game. He led the Lobos to the NCAA tournament wins against Idaho State and Dayton but losing to San Francisco.   Not sure what the NCAA format was back then with consolation games.  In 1974 the Portland Trail Blazers selected Bernard Hardin as the 2nd pick in the 5th Round of the 1974 NBA draft (pick 74).

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/bernard-hardin-1/gamelog/1974/

 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 3:50 am
AustinTLobo
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Check out this Championship Roster from 1973-1974.  Its chalked full of great Lobo player memories.  

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/new-mexico/1974.html

Who can forget Gabe Nava?  Bruce Battle? Mark Kruze (7'2")?  or Mark Saiers, Bob Toppert or Bill Hagins? And the best name of all Rich Pokorski.  First Place 10-4 WAC, 22-7 overall.  2 NCAA tournament wins (one consolation game). 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 4:20 am
BrutusXXX
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Truly, one of my favorite Lobos. I believe Bernard Hardin is still alive at about 71 years old living back in his native NYC. Hardin was highly acclaimed coming out of  Wingate HS, in the Bronx. Street & Smiths BB annual, the authority back then, had him as a 3rd Team HS AA. He went on to become a JC AA before becoming a Lobo. 

He was not that big at 6-4/6-5, but the guy made his legend down low under the basket. Ellenberger gave him the green light to go one on one on opponent’s BIGs. He had all the fakes and moves that were tough to defend. 

One of his most memorable games, as I remember it, was in 72/73 season at NMSU. Aggies had the Lobos down and beat with a 6pt lead, only to see Hardin bring the Lobos to victory in the final seconds of an awesome comeback. I would love to read anything a Lobo fan could add about that game. Shotblocker deluxe, Daryl Minnifield, probably played a role in that comeback. I don’t remember.

Lobos were nationally ranked in both of Hardin’s years with the Lobos and set up expectations for Ellenberger’s time as Lobo’s coach. Both teams had pretty balanced scoring, but Hardin emerged as the go-to guy. Minnifield in 72/73, and then Bill Hagins in 73/74, were the centers on those teams.

Hardin was on the small side and had bad feet which probably limited his opportunity as a low NBA draft pick. He kicked around the old Eastern Basketball League for awhile continuing in the hopes of getting a call which would not be coming. Players in that league played for their love of basketball and that hope. 50 bucks a game was considered to be on the high end back then.

i would love to read or hear Bernard Hardin’s recollections of his basketball career, as a Lobo and otherwise. He is on Facebook, but I don’t wish to get back on. 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 7:36 am
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@brutusxxx  - yep "bad benard" seemed to be able to change directions in mid-air on his slashes to the hoop.  Minnie at 6'8" could jump out of the gym and had the best "timing" on shot blocks I ever saw in person.  "Paul Kruse" legit 7'3"' didn't really develop until his senior year and then he Unfortuetly got mono - went on to Law school but has passed on. Gabe Nava - Huge tragedy.  For the more recent fans, its easy to understand where "McKay's/Alford's Toppert" got his shooting ability - Bob could light it up from deep but no 3 pt. shot then.  "Big" Bill Haggins was a force in the post although only 6'7" - unstoppable hook shot with either hand.        

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Posted : June 11, 2021 9:56 am
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@brutusxxx  - yep "bad benard" seemed to be able to change directions in mid-air on his slashes to the hoop.  Minnie at 6'8" could jump out of the gym and had the best "timing" on shot blocks I ever saw in person.  "Paul Kruse" legit 7'3"' didn't really develop until his senior year and then he Unfortuetly got mono - went on to Law school but has passed on. Gabe Nava - Huge tragedy.  For the more recent fans, its easy to understand where "McKay's/Alford's Toppert" got his shooting ability - Bob could light it up from deep but no 3 pt. shot then.  "Big" Bill Haggins was a force in the post although only 6'7" - unstoppable hook shot with either hand.        

Willie Long had as good and probably better hook shot. Both were great hookers.

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Posted : June 11, 2021 10:46 am
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Posted by: @unm-class-of-1972
Posted by: @doublealum

@brutusxxx  - yep "bad benard" seemed to be able to change directions in mid-air on his slashes to the hoop.  Minnie at 6'8" could jump out of the gym and had the best "timing" on shot blocks I ever saw in person.  "Paul Kruse" legit 7'3"' didn't really develop until his senior year and then he Unfortuetly got mono - went on to Law school but has passed on. Gabe Nava - Huge tragedy.  For the more recent fans, its easy to understand where "McKay's/Alford's Toppert" got his shooting ability - Bob could light it up from deep but no 3 pt. shot then.  "Big" Bill Haggins was a force in the post although only 6'7" - unstoppable hook shot with either hand.        

Willie Long had as good and probably better hook shot. Both were great hookers.

Better be careful with what you are calling them - lol but you are correct about Long's hook shot - both were basically unstoppable.  

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Posted : June 11, 2021 11:55 am
BrutusXXX
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I am apparently the sole Lobo BB fan that claims to have heard Bob King disgustedly say that Jacksonville had come in with an         “Under the Table Offer” at the last minute to steal away Artis Gilmore from the Lobos. King let it slip on the last televised Bob King Show that season. He would have played alongside Willie Long, a junior, in King’s double post offense.

That did not happen and Long still managed to put up over 23.9 a game the next two seasons, overcoming double teaming defenses that would collapse in on him. That hook shot enabled him to rise above those defenses. 6-7 Long was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, along with being a 3rd Team Parade Magazine HS AA. Professionally, he was drafted by Miami Floridians of the ABA and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in the second round. He did make AA as a Lobo, Helms AA Team

Bill Hagins, in my recollection, was a block of a man, a poor man’s Wes Unseld. I partied with him in his days as a bouncer. He probably went 6-6 235 then and it was not fat. 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 11:58 am
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Posted by: @brutusxxx

I am apparently the sole Lobo BB fan that claims to have heard Bob King disgustedly say that Jacksonville had come in with an         “Under the Table Offer” at the last minute to steal away Artis Gilmore from the Lobos. He would have played alongside Willie Long, a junior, in King’s double post offense.

That did not happen and Long still managed to put up over 23.9 a game the next two seasons, overcoming double teaming defenses that would collapse in on him. That hook shot enabled him to rise above those defenses. 6-7 Long was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, along with being a 3rd Team Parade Magazine HS AA. Professionally, he was drafted by Miami Floridians of the ABA and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in the second round. He did make AA as a Lobo, Helms AA Team

 

I heard that rumor but never from a source I knew personally but given who King was recruiting in that day, it wouldn't surprise me.  BTW, Long was a legit 6'8" (lol) and played in the ABA. 

A real unknown Lobo (4 yr on schollie but only played one year) Roger Bowden also had a very good hook shot but only left-handed - he too, has passed.   

Boo Ellis - top notch PG but was "run out of town" for getting a white girl pregnant - yes, even in Albuq. 

 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 12:15 pm
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Posted by: @brutusxxx

I am apparently the sole Lobo BB fan that claims to have heard Bob King disgustedly say that Jacksonville had come in with an         “Under the Table Offer” at the last minute to steal away Artis Gilmore from the Lobos. He would have played alongside Willie Long, a junior, in King’s double post offense.

That did not happen and Long still managed to put up over 23.9 a game the next two seasons, overcoming double teaming defenses that would collapse in on him. That hook shot enabled him to rise above those defenses. 6-7 Long was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, along with being a 3rd Team Parade Magazine HS AA. Professionally, he was drafted by Miami Floridians of the ABA and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in the second round. He did make AA as a Lobo, Helms AA Team

 

I heard that rumor but never from a source I knew personally but given who King was recruiting in that day, it wouldn't surprise me.  BTW, Long was a legit 6'8" (lol) and played in the ABA. 

A real unknown Lobo (4 yr on schollie but only played one year) Roger Bowden also had a very good hook shot but only left-handed - he too, has passed.   

Boo Ellis - top notch PG but was "run out of town" for getting a white girl pregnant - yes, even in Albuq. 

 

I had heard is was more than one but it probably just urban legend. I was always hoping that around 1985 the Lobos would sign "Boo Boo" Ellis but it just never happened. 

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Posted : June 11, 2021 1:47 pm
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