ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- Damien Jefferson said he was sold on New Mexico when he came in for a recruiting visit. The freshman guard/forward out of East Chicago Central High School has roots with the Lobos. His father Everett played in cherry and silver from 1979 to 1980.
“When I told him I was ready to commit, he was ready to cry,” said Jefferson. “He was just so happy. He was so happy he couldn’t believe it. He had to call my mom tell her. She was happy.”
Lobo fans will be happy also when they get a chance to experience Jefferson on a basketball court.
“I just think he can do a lot of things,” said UNM Coach Craig Neal. “He’s just learning the system but, I think he was the best player in Indiana you know and we are very fortunate.”
Jefferson was listed by Rivals.com as a top 150 player coming out of high school. He lead his high school team to a sectional championship in his senior year. He had a double-double in the final game, scoring over 30 points.
Jefferson has enjoyed the challenge of adjusting to the college game at New Mexico.
“The style of play is way quicker than high school basketball cause back where I’m from I’m like the biggest guy on the floor,” said Jefferson.”Now I got guys bigger than me, same height as me and quicker than me. It just took me some time to adjust to this.”
Jefferson can give the Lobos some firepower to go with all conference performers Elijah Brown and Tim Williams.
“I’m a scorer first off and I can be a lock down defender with my athleticism and my length,” said Jefferson. “My coaches talk to me every day about scoring the ball but, mainly they be all up in me about defense.”
Off the court, Jefferson describes himself as a goofy guy. He is already a fan of that New Mexico staple, green chile.
The Lobos start the season with an exhibition game against Western New Mexico November 2.