Las Cruces, NM - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans continues to assemble his team for the 2017-18 season, adding 6-6 guard Wayne Stewart to the Aggie lineup.
Stewart comes to NM State after spending the last two seasons at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo., under the direction of Sercan Fenerci. The Philadelphia native joins two other newcomers in Kortrijk Miles and Gabe Hadley.
“Wayne is a fantastic young man who happens to be a great basketball player,” Jans said. “Because of Wayne’s versatility and ability to score, rebound and block shots he can quickly fills up a box score. Once Wayne adds more strength to his long frame to go with his established work ethic, he will immediately impact winning at the Division I level.”
The Philly product averaged 15.1 points and 5.8 rebounds during his two seasons with the Knights. Stewart had a breakout sophomore campaign at Lamar CC earning NJCAA Region IX Player of the Year honors and NJCAA First-Team All-Region Honors after dropping 18.3 points per game behind a .469 shooting clip to go with his 36.5-percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also averaged 6.8 boards last season in addition to his 1.2 blocks per game.
While starting all 32 games he played in, Stewart scored 20-plus points in a single game 16 different times. Stewart wrapped up a four-game stretch where he tallied 20-plus points in a game with a career-high 31 points with eight rebounds against Trinidad State Junior College. His offensive year saw him held to single-digit points in four games.
At season’s end, he reached double-figures in scoring in 17 of the 29 games and averaged14.6 points in his final seven games at Lamar CC.