New Mexico’s backup point guard has been suspended for the teams’ first three games. Senior Jamal Fenton was suspended by the NCAA for a “minor” violation of rules. Fenton was caught receiving impermissible benefits, which is a violation of NCAA rules.
As a school, New Mexico would not give out any other information about the suspension of Fenton.
The Lobo reserve will miss the first three games of the season including the home opener against the Davidson Wildcats. Fenton will also miss two more games in the team’s first tournament, but will be allowed to play in the third game in the Paradise Jam.
Fenton will be a big loss for this New Mexico team. A Lobo team coming off a third round loss in the NCAA tournament is going to want to get out of the gates fast again this season.
With the loss of their back up point guard this task just got harder as they look to get back to the big dance this season.
On the court last season, Fenton averaged 6.5 points a game along with 2.4 assists in just 17 minutes of playing time a game. Based on these numbers, you can say Fenton was a very beneficial player to have coming in off the bench.
One position a team doesn’t want to lose a player at is the point guard spot. Regardless if it is the backup or the starting point guard, it is a crucial loss. Point guard is the hardest position to play in basketball and the most important one.
Luckily for the Lobos’ they will only be missing Fenton for the first three games of the year. Also they will be facing teams that they need to beat and should beat if they think they can get back to the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA punished Fenton for receiving illegal benefits and in doing so Fenton let down his school and his teammates.