NMMI Sports Press
Maurice Coleman, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Richmond, Va., is headed just 90 miles up US 70 to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, while the Bronco’s other sophomore point guard, Logan Santiago, will play for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.
NMMI coach Ralph Davis was very happy to see his players advance to the next rung.
“At this level, you’ve got to have talented guards, and both of them are definitely talented,” he said. “More than anything, they bought into the style of play we wanted to showcase. They’re going to be very successful at the next level and I’m very blessed that I had the ability to coach them.”
Coleman will play point for the NCAA DII Greyhounds and sounded excited about continuing his career.
“It’s truly a blessing,” he said. “I just want to thank all my coaches and my parents for supporting me and getting me to this point here.”
“They love him. He loves them,” Davis said. “What more can I say besides that? Mo was the absolute epitome of a floor general. He was our MVP this year. It’s an immense job of setting the table, as far as how you want to play defense throughout the whole season. They’re getting a special player who’s going to help them do great things up there.”
And, according to an ENMU press release, that exactly how they feel.
“We’ve been recruiting Maurice all season and one of the blessings of him and who he is, is he’s right here in our backyard,” ENMU head coach Tres Segler said. “New Mexico Military Institute is one of the toughest Division I JUCO programs in the country. What makes them special is what makes Mo special. He brings so many intangibles to the table. We got the best of both worlds in the truest sense. I have a ton of respect for NMMI’s coaching staff and what they’ve done. I think what drew us to Mo is our bloodlines line up. We want to be known as one of the toughest teams in the country and he’s a ‘plug-and-play’ type player. He’s a guy that will come in and make an impact right away.”
At NMMI, Coleman averaged nearly 10 points/game while shooting 41 percent from the court and 35 percent from beyond the arc. He dished out five assists/game and had at least five dimes in 15 games last year, including a season-best of 10 on the road at Frank Phillips.
ENMU went 13-11 7-11 last season, with Segler amassing the most Lone Star Conference wins as a first-year head coach as well as the third-most wins under a first-year head coach.
Coleman, who’ll study sports medicine, wants to help his team succeed.
“I want to make the team better and do what I can when I’m there to further my education,” he said.
As far as what he learned at the Institute, “My time here at NMMI was great from Day 1,” Coleman said. “It was different. I had to adjust and fight through adversity. I’d just wake up every morning knowing I was going to be at a better place. It helped me discipline myself and think about what was ahead, in the future.”
Santiago will also play for a DII school. The Cowboys compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and went 10-17 and 8-14 under coaches Craig Snow and Sean Pryor during the previous two seasons.
“It makes me feel very blessed,” Santiago said of the signing. “I just want to thank all my coaches and my teammates for helping me get where I am now.”
“He’s a speedy guard who has a great ability to score,” Davis said. “He did a great job this year buying in and becoming a two-way player. It took him some time to get it but I think he progressed the way we wanted to see. He should have a very strong career over there at Highlands. They play a very up and down style so he should be able to go up there and score the basketball. So very excited for him. I think it’s a great vehicle for him and coach Pryor did a great job recruiting him.”
Santiago played in all but three of NMMI’s 2016-17 games, scoring almost seven points/game. He shot 41 percent from close in, 35 percent from the outside and was a solid 72 percent from the line.
Snow was happy to sign Santiago.
“We are very excited to welcome Logan Santiago to the Cowboy basketball family,” he was quoted in a release. “Logan is a dynamic perimeter player who can play either guard position. He is a high-level shot maker both off the dribble and off the catch and was an all-region player as a freshman at Raritan Valley. Logan is also a tough-minded defensive player and will be a major part of our plans moving forward.”
Santiago is still deciding between sports management and communications as his major at Highlands, but knows whatever he does, NMMI gave him a foot up on the competition.
“It helped me learn how to work hard every day. Just pushing through day by day. Getting a good life experience,” he said.