Albuquerque, N.M. --- Craig Neal has announced the signings of Xavier Adams, a 6-5 swingman out of Texas, and Joe Furstinger, a 6-8 forward from to National Letters of Intent. Adams and Furstinger will join the team for the 2014-15 season.
The signings are the fourth and fifth for Neal since becoming the 20th head coach of the New Mexico Lobos in April of 2013. He signed Cullen Neal out of Eldorado High School along with junior college players Arthur Edwards and Deshawn Delaney.
In Adams the Lobos will have a 6-5 guard who starred at Alvarado High School in Alvarado, Texas last year, although he will be spending the 2013-14 season with Marcus High School. Adams averaged 25.7 points per game as a junior, scoring 720 points on the year, shooting 46% from the field and adding 33 three-pointers. A solid free throw shooter, he hit 73% last year, getting to the line 293 times.
He averaged a double-double last year, grabbing 13.6 rebounds per game and totaling 76 assist and 71 steals. He also added a whopping 76 blocked shots last season as well.
Over his junior season at Alvarado, he recorded double-doubles in 24 of his 28 games played. Perhaps his best night was a 41-point, 11-rebound effort in a 51-46 win over Cleburne. He scored at least 20 points 21 times, at least 30 seven times, and at least 40 twice for Alvarado.
He earned a slew of postseason honors, including District MVP along with First Team All-District. He was also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State and All Region.
Adams spent his summers playing for The Dream 2014 AAU.
“He’s a really good kid and a really good student,” said Neal of Adams. “He’s one of those kids who was a bit under the radar. He went from an unknown to like No. 8 in the state of Texas but he’s really talented. He’s had some big scoring nights in high school and he’s going to continue to get better and better.
Joe Furstinger also averaged a double-double last year as well for Santa Margarita Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. The 6-8, 200 pound forward averaged 16.6 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game last season as a junior. He shot 54% from the field (200-of-374), and even showed touch from long range with seven three-pointers. Furstinger’s high school coach Jeff Reinert was a two-year letterwinner for the Lobos from 1980-82.
Furstinger was a 69% shooter from the line, going 125-for-181, and blocked 91 shots and added 61 assists and 28 steals.
He recorded in double-figures in 28 of 32 games last year with 21 double-doubles. His topped the 20-point mark 11 times and a 30-point mark twice, including a high of 32 in a 65-49 win over Huntington Beach.
Furstinger spent his summers playing for Pangos Elite AAU.
Said Neal of Furstinger, “Joe is a late bloomer… (he’s) 6-8, 6-9, probably about 210, 215 pounds. I was really impressed with him this summer, and he plays for a former Lobo. I think he’s going develop and be a really good player. Both of these guys will have a chance to play as freshman.”