Courtesy of NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M.– New Mexico State men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies announced the signing of Rene Esparza to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Aggies next season.
Esparza, a 6-3, 175 pound point guard from Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, started 22 of 31 games for New Mexico Junior College as a sophomore last season, averaging 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals for the Thunderbirds. He also shot 41.9 percent from the floor, 38.3 percent from the 3-point arc and 70.2 percent from the foul line.
Esparza posted game highs of 16 points against New Mexico Military, seven rebounds against Western Texas, nine assists versus Odessa and five steals at Midland.
“Rene is a wonderful addition to our program. He gives us immediate help in the backcourt with the graduation of Daniel Mullings and DK Eldridge,” said Menzies. “His tremendous ball handling and passing abilities in particular help fill areas of need for our team.”
“Having such a young roster heading into this year, his experience, character, and passion for the program will be incredibly valuable. I think the fans will grow to love him as much as we do already.”
Esparza was a two-time first team Texas Christian Athletic League 3A All-State performer at El Paso’s Faith Christian Academy, leading the Lions to TCAL State Championships in 2012 and 2013.
As a high school senior, Esparza averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.8 steals in directing Faith Christian to a 25-1 record.
As a junior, Esparza posted 9.0 points a game with a total of 49 assists as the Lions went 29-2 on the way to their first state title.
He was chosen first team All-City by the El Paso Times as a senior and second team as a junior.