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New Mexico Lobos Make Early Jump in 2015, Land Commitment From SG Dane Kuiper

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

The New Mexico Lobos have gained an early edge on the recruiting trail from within the class of 2015 thanks to a Monday morning commitment from 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Dane Kuiper.

The news was first reported by Scout.com on Monday and Kuiper becomes the first member of the junior-to-be high school class to commit to New Mexico. An original native of Alaska, Kuiper currently attends Corona Del Sol High School in Arizona and his improvement on the court has allowed him to become one of the top targets at his position within the state.

Kuiper’s best asset on the court is his ability to shoot the basketball and score from the outside. A long, athletic wing is labeled as an ideal spot up shooter, but he must look to refine his offensive game as a whole. The good news is that he still has two seasons at the high school level to do so. This is an early, yet great pick up for newly appointed head coach Craig Neal.

Neal took over the Lobos’ program this past off-season after Steve Alford made the decision to bolt New Mexico for the open head coaching position with the UCLA Bruins. Neal already has two commitments locked up from the class of 2014 and the Lobos are returning an abundance of talent for next season that should allow New Mexico to once again be in the mix for a Mountain West Conference championship.

 

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