State Notes 11-22-12

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Lobos’ Snell is co-Player of Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through Nov. 18.
This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both players.
Snell helped New Mexico to a 3-0 record during the week as the Lobos posted victories over Davidson, Illinois-Chicago and George Mason — New Mexico also knocked off Connecticut in the Paradise Jam Finals Monday, but that game wasn’t considered for last week’s honors.
Snell, a Riverside, Calif., native, opened the week with a then career-high 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in an 86-81 victory over the Wildcats in ESPN’s 24 Hours of College Hoops Marathon. Snell scored 11 of his points over the final 20 minutes as the Lobos rallied from a 16-point deficit to mark the program’s sixth-largest comeback overall and second-largest in the second half.
He followed that performance with a combined 34 points, six assists and three steals in wins against the UIC Flames (66-59) and GMU Patriots (70-69) in the first two rounds of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, over the weekend.
In Sunday’s semifinal outing against George Mason, Snell improved on his career-best with 27 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to play that capped off a five-point comeback for the Lobos over the final 17.8 seconds. For the week, Snell averaged 19.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, while dishing out nine assists to just three turnovers.
Burton guided Nevada to a 3-0 record and the championship of the World Vision Classic last week.
On Friday, Burton, also a Los Angeles-area product, scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including the final five of the game, to lead the Wolf Pack in an 80-77 comeback victory over Cal State Fullerton.

Coates signs to play with Aggies

LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State University head coach Mike Jordan announced that Aleisha Coates has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend school and play volleyball at NMSU starting in the summer of 2013.
Coates, currently a senior at Silverado High School in Los Angeles, made the official commitment last week, signing an NLI to join the Aggies. She is a four-year varsity letterwinner and was named Daily Press Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year last year.
“Aleisha is a phenomenal athlete. She’s a huge jumper with great body control and a tremendous arm,” Jordan said.  “She’s a Pac 12-level athlete that has made the transition to outside hitter look easy. She’s going to be a dominant six-rotation outside hitter eventually and we’re excited to have her join us next summer. Aleisha is a great student and a terrific person and will have a positive impact on and off the court.”
Coates has led her team to two Desert Sky League championships and was named to the all-league team in 2010 and 2011. 
She was named the league player of the year in 2011, while also being named to the All-CIF Southern Section team and to the league all-star team. 
Coates trained with former NCAA All-American and 2012 USA Olympian Destiny Hooker this past summer and credits her for being such a great role model and inspiration.
“I think it’s going to be a good place for me to grow and learn to be an adult without my mom and dad,” Coates said. “The coach is like another father to us, and I think that will help me out as well.”
The Aggies first became aware of Coates when Arizona coach David Rubio referred Coates from his camp last summer to his brother and New Mexico St. assistant coach Keith Rubio. David Rubio didn’t have any scholarships to offer Coates, but told her there was no reason for her not being signed already.