You can’t be surprised by the decision to drop Tyrone Nelson by the NMSU administration.
I don’t think McKinley Boston and Marvin Menzies would have done it if they didn’t feel comfortable with what they have in place. They will lean heavily on Herb Pope as a freshman and have nice depth upfront. Wendell McKines will also see time and they expect him to be a rugged player who could mix it up down low if need be.
Obviously Tyrone is talented and averaged close to a double-double two years ago. You don’t just find players who average 17 and 9 and pick them up off the street. But he became a liability and the staff could not count on him after a period of time. It’s a talented team with a strong freshman class coming in. You can’t have bad examples polluting the roster and sending a message of accountability was a must. And there was no guarantee that Nelson would even return to previous form – his performance slipped last year.
Having him around would have been nice if they knew what they were going to get. But things became too unpredictable with Tyrone. They couldn’t rely on him. Now, they’ll play without him.