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Aggies host Sac State in weekend series



NM State hosts Sacramento State in a trio of weekend Western Athletic Conference games Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, at Presley Askew Field. The Friday game starts at 6 p.m. Saturday’s starts at 2 p.m. Sunday is a noon game.

Following that, the Aggies will travel to the University of New Mexico in a midweek non-conference game 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 in Albuquerque.

The Aggies are 10-26* overall and 7-14 in conference after defeating the Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ)  12-6 April 25 in Las Cruces.

Prior to the OUAZ game, NM State lost three conference games April 21-22 on the road at Tarleton.

Softball: After splitting a home series with UT-Arlington April 21-22, the Aggie softball team heads to Nacogdoches, Texas, for three more WAC games against Stephen F. Austin April 28-29.

NM State is 19-21 overall and 8-10 in conference play.

Men’s Basketball: New Aggie coach Jason Hooten is quickly assembling a roster of players and coaches for NM State’s 2023-24 season.

So far, Hooten has signed guards Jaden Harris and Keylon Dorsey, and big man Clarence “Monzy” Jackson.

Harris, from Atlanta, played two seasons at South Plains College in Texas, and is a 6-4 junior.

Dorsey is a 6-5 freshman from Houston’s Eisenhower High School, where he averaged 27.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game his senior year.

Jackson is a 6-7 senior from Dublin, Georgia. He previously played at Jacksonville State and Wichita State.

Hooten brought in Kenneth Mangrum as his associate head coach. Mangrum spent the last five seasons at Troy University in Alabama, where he was an assistant coach for three years and served the last two as associate head coach under Scott Cross. Prior to that, he was an assistant for one year at Texas Southern and for four years at UT-Arlington. He originally met Hooten when he spent one year as an assistant at Sam Houston, where Hooten was head coach. His first collegiate job was at Angelo State as an assistant for six years. Before that, he coached high school basketball in Athens, Texas. Mangrum earned his master’s degree and played collegiately at North Texas.

Hooten previously hired Zach Settembre and Payne Andrus as assistant coaches.

Settembre has coached at Tarleton, Coastal Carolina, Tallahassee Community College and Kentucky Wesleyan. He has coached at the high school level and, as a student, was a manager for Syracuse basketball under Jim Boeheim.

Andrus has coached at Sam Houston and Weatherford (Texas) College. He played collegiately at Navy and at Mid-American University of the Nazarene.