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Tag:Marvin Menzies
Posted on: September 24, 2008 10:23 pm

Higgins (already) out at New Mexico State

Johnny Higgins is leaving New Mexico State before he ever played a game.

"He's going to transfer," Higgins' former AAU coach, Anthony Lewis, told by phone. "He's transferring to New Mexico Junior College."

Though Lewis said he had no knowledge of an incident, a source told that Higgins was involved in a physical altercation that precipitated this development. Reached by phone late Wednesday, New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies declined comment but said the school did plan to make a Thursday morning announcement about Higgins, a 6-2 point guard who played at Notre Dame Prep last season.

Higgins signed with New Mexico State in May.

Posted on: August 29, 2008 1:15 pm

Pope returning to New Mexico State

After asking for a release and visiting Seton Hall, Herb Pope has decided to return to New Mexico State, Aggies coach Marvin Menzies told on Friday morning.

"He was just investigating an option that would bring him closer to home because of some personal issues," Menzies said. "But that wasn't something that materialized. ... So he's more than happy to return to New Mexico State for the season."

A 6-foot-9 forward, Pope averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season while leading NMSU to a 21-14 record. But his future became uncertain in recent weeks when he ventured across the country and visited Seton Hall. According to sources, Duquesne was also considered. But Pope told the Aggies staff Friday morning that he will return to New Mexico State, and Menzies said his star sophomore is expected to begin classes as early as today.

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