Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/14
University of New Mexico junior Merv Lindsay has requested, and received, a release from his scholarship from the Lobos men’s basketball team and will seek a transfer for the upcoming season. Lindsay, a 6-foot-7 wing player who transferred two years ago to UNM from Kansas, played in 20 games this past season, averaging 6.5 minutes per game with a season high three points at UNLV on Feb. 19. Lindsay, a Moreno Valley, Calif., native who redshirted during the 2012-13 season after transferring to UNM, would have to sit out the coming season then have one year left to play if he transfers to another Division I program. Or, he could play immediately if he transfers to a non-DI program and have two years of playing eligibility remaining. UNM head coach Craig Neal, who is recruiting out of state this week, confirmed the news late Tuesday. The move by Lindsay means the Lobos are now at the NCAA scholarship limit of 13 for the coming season. The Lobos had added seven scholarship players this offseason, either as transfers or as incoming freshmen, since the end of the 27-win, NCAA Tournament 2013-14 season. But they had only six scholarships open until Lindsay’s transfer request. Other than Lindsay’s, the six scholarships that have opened for UNM since the end of the season include: Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow (exhausted eligibility); Alex Kirk (left with one year of eligibility remaining to pursue a professional career); and Cleveland “Pancake” Thomas, Nick Banyard and Tim Myles (transfers).
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