May 13, 2004
University of New Mexico head men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay announced today that Darren Prentice, a 6-foot guard from Alamogordo (N.M.) High School, has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall. Prentice had agreed to walk-on for the Lobos then receive a scholarship starting with the 2005 spring semester. However, following the recent elimination of the NCAA's 5/8 rule, Prentice's scholarship will now be effective beginning in the fall of 2004.
Darren Prentice.....G.....6-0.....175.....Fr-HS.....Alamogordo, N.M. (Alamogordo HS)
Prentice was named first team all-state by the Associated Press after leading Alamogordo High to a 22-6 record and an appearance in the Class 5A semifinals...the Tigers lost to Albuquerque Cibola in the semis in The Pit...Prentice averaged 23.4 points, 5.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season for head coach Mike Day...PERSONAL...born May 11, 1986, in England...full name is Darren Devaughn Prentice...age is 18...son of Paul and Myra Prentice.
From head coach Ritchie McKay -- "We're really excited about Darren's upside. He is a young man with great quickness and athleticism. Darren marks the fourth guard who could potentially play the point for us next year. Being an in-state kid, we're really pleased that he decided to stay home and that we were able to offer him a scholarship."