Touted recruit joins mass exodus from NM State
New Mexico State’s the majority of extremely promoted hire this decade has actually gotten in the transfer portal as part of a mass exodus from a program that was shut down in midseason in the wake of hazing allegations and a deadly shooting including a group member.Deuce Benjamin, who went to neighboring Las Cruces High and was New Mexico’s Gatorade high school player of the year in 2021, said it had actually always been his childhood dream to bet the Aggies.”Due to the actions of others (which I will not enter into here)
, that dream developed into a problem,”he tweeted on Tuesday.”Adding insult to injury, Coach Hooten recently notified me that it would be in my best interest to continue my education and basketball profession elsewhere.”Editor’s Picks The brand-new coach, Jason Hooten, will take control of a program decimated by transfers. All but one player from the 2022-23 roster has either run out of eligibility, turned pro or got in the portal.Last month, Mike Peake, the player seen in a video shooting a student from University of New Mexico, likewise entered the website.
Peake has not been charged with a criminal offense for the shooting in Albuquerque that eliminated University of New Mexico student Brandon Travis on Nov. 19, 2022. The program was shut down 3 months later on, after a player went to school authorities and said colleagues had actually joined forces against him and assaulted him on more than one occasion.Benjamin revealed his departure less than two weeks after the school’s chancellor, Dan Arvizu, said he would be leaving before his previously scheduled June 30 departure date.In a conference in 2015, the school’s board of regents decided not to renew Arvizu’s agreement. The chancellor came under analysis both for the problems inside the basketball program and after authorities body cam video came out from a dispute last year at his home. Arvizu’s better half, Sheryl, accused him of having an affair with an NMSU team member. Arvizu denied the affair.