POJOAQUE — When Marvin Menzies took over the men’s basketball program at New Mexico State University, his first and foremost goal was to make the Aggies a national contender year-in and year-out.
And while the Aggies took a huge step in that department this past season, there’s still plenty more work to be done.
Menzies, who admits he rarely gets up to the northern part of the state from Las Cruces, was the guest of honor at the NMSU Alumni Association’s banquet Wednesday night at the Towa Golf Club. About 75 Aggie alum and well-wishers attended the event.
During the 2013-14 season, Menzies led NMSU to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title and corresponding appearance in the NCAA championships.
Although the Aggies were a first-round casualty, they did garner some of that national attention they’d been seeking.
One of the biggest reasons, quite literally, the Aggies garnered that attention was because of their giant, Sim Bhullar. The 7-foot, 5-inch Bhullar dwarfed virtually all of Division I with his height and his 360-pound frame.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, Bhullar, who still had two years of collegiate eligibility left, elected to throw his hat into the ring for the professional ranks and won’t return, regardless of whether he makes a pro roster.