UNM signs New Zealand forward

Posted at: 05/05/2014 5:41 PM
Updated at: 05/05/2014 5:50 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

University of New Mexico men's basketball coach Craig Neal announced the signing of 6'9" forward Tohi Smith-Milner from New Zealand.  Smith-Milner helped lead Rosmini College to a national championship in 2011.  He played on New Zealand's U-20 and U-18 national teams and hopes to make his country's team for the 2014 FIBA World Championships.

“We are really excited to have Tohi joining our program,” said Neal in a released statement. “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 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).