July 28, 2012
Top Lobo Moments From 2011-12: GoLobos.com is flashing back on 12 special Lobo moments from the 2011-12 season.
Today: Drew Gordon's Sensational Year Includes Rebounding Record
Next: Fanning, Williamson nab postgraduate scholarships
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
There have been few banner years by individual Lobos like the one posted by senior Drew Gordon in the 2011-12 men's basketball season.
Where to start?
In 2011-12, Gordon was able to help pull two team championships into Lobo hands. The Lobos were the Mountain West regular-season champions. The Lobos rocked their way through the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas to nab that postseason title and an automatic NCAA bid.
Gordon got his rings.
There was more than a handful of personal vindication for Gordon at the MW run in the Thomas & Mack. You might recall that Gordon was snubbed for Mountain West Player of The Year honors - an award that probably should have been shared with San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin. These two players were clearly the bad boys of the Mountain.
They met in the MW title game in Vegas and at the end of the tourney it was Lobos holding up the trophy, cutting down nets - and it was Gordon holding the tourney MVP award.
That MVP award was special because it helped bring his team a title. Gordon had other individual honors, too. One honor that stands out is Gordon's hard work under the glass where he became the University of New Mexico's single-season leaders in rebounds. Gordon hauled down 388.
This honor is especially reflective of Gordon's board skills when you consider just a few outstanding big men who have roamed the paint for UNM: Mel Daniels, Ira Harge, Luc Longley, Kenny Thomas, Bill Hagins, Willie Long, and Tom King, who held the old record of 375 rebounds set in 1961.
More perspective: It took more than 50 years for a Lobo inside man to snap King's record.
Gordon was the only Lobo in 2011-12 named to the First Team All-Mountain squad and he also was First Team NABC All-District and placed on the 10-player USBWA All-District VIII team.
Dare we say it? Gordon will be missed.