ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Head coach Craig Neal and the University of New Mexico men’s basketball program have signed Tohi Smith-Milner to a national letter of intent. Smith-Milner, a 6-foot-9-inch forward, will join the Lobos as a freshman from Auckland, New Zealand.
“We are really excited to have Tohi joining our program,” said head coach Craig Neal. “Tohi comes to us with good size at 6-feet-9-inches and 240 pounds. He is a versatile player who can play inside with his size but can also step out and shoot three’s. We are fortunate to sign him after being the first program to recruit him. He will join us later this summer after trying out for the New Zealand national team in June.”
Smith-Milner comes to the Lobos after a decorated career at Rosmini College where he helped guide the team to a national championship in 2011 while appearing on the all-tournament team. He was also the national tournament MVP in his senior season, which saw him score 49 points and grab 15 rebounds in a game against Rangitoto College.
The forward was a member of New Zealand’s U-20 and U-18 national teams and will try out for the full national team in June for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Smith-Milner will join fellow spring signees Jordan Goodman (Harcum College (Pa.)), J.J. N’Ganga (Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa) in UNM’s 2014 recruiting class alongside prep standouts Joe Furstinger (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and Xavier Adams (Flower Mound, Texas).
The New Mexico Lobos are coming off a 27-win season last year as they became the first program in Mountain West history to win three-straight conference tournaments.