Alford, Lobos announce Early Signees

Nov. 14, 2012

Albuquerque, N.M. --- University of New Mexico head men's basketball coach Steve Alford has announced the signing of two student-athletes in the early signing period for the 2013-14 season. Bryce Alford and Tim Myles will join Obij Aget (oh BAATCH a JET), who signed last year, to complete the 2013-14 signing class for Alford and the Lobos.

The Alford name should be familiar with Lobo fans. Bryce, the younger brother of current freshman Kory Alford and the son of head coach Steve Alford, is currently a senior at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.

As a junior, Alford (6-2, 175), led the Bears to the 5A state title game, averaging 24.6 points per game and 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Alford was named the Albuquerque Metro Player of the Year as a junior, and he is on pace to become the all-time leading scorer at La Cueva. As a freshman, Alford helped La Cueva win the title, and last year he broke former Arizona star A.J. Bramlett's single game school scoring record, pouring in 44 against Cibola.

In the 2012 5A State Tournament, Alford averaged 36.3 points per game, hitting 13 three-pointers. Alford's 36.3 average, which consisted of 34 points against Valley in the quarterfinals, 37 against Hobbs in the semifinals, and 38 against Eldorado in the championship game, established a new state tournament record. All of those points were scored in The Pit, which will be Alford's home for the next four years.

Tim Myles (6-7, 205) is currently a senior at Etiwanda High School in Etiwanda, California, in his first year with the Eagles after transferring from Corona Roosevelt. Miles, a 6-7 forward, will be playing his senior season for a team that went 30-3 last year.

Myles also played for the Inland Empire Basketball Program, which at one time featured Myles' future teammate Kendall Williams and former Lobo Tony Danridge. It was with Inland Empire that Myles excelled.

Aget is also a name that should be familiar with Lobo fans and Lobo basketball, as Aget was actually signed for the 2012-13 season, but a torn ACL changed the plans a bit. Aget, who graduated last May, is sitting the current season out while he rehabs his injury. He did not have to resign an NLI.

Aget is a 7-0, 220-pound center from La Porte, Indiana, although he was born in Western Bahr el Ghazal, Sudan. As a junior he averaged nearly a double-double at 8.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for La Porte, winning La Porte's "Excellence in Performance Award," awarded to the hardest worker on the squad. Aget also played AAU ball with Indiana Elite and was invited to participate in the "Adidas Nations" Games.

"We are very excited about the 2013 class," said head coach Steve Alford. "Obij and Tim bring size and athleticism to our front line. Bryce is a very talented guard that understands exactly how we play and will really add to our backcourt. This is a great class and we can't wait for the three of them to join our team."