NMSU coaches have compared how different NMSU would be without point guard Hernst Laroche to what Fresno State was like prior to the return of junior Steven Shepp. As a result, the Bulldogs have been playing more organized and are not 3-0 in league play. Greg Smith went from shooting jumpers to returning to the block and has been putting up the kind of numbers expected of him entering the season.
They seem to start
UNM transfer Jonathan Willis
Tim Steed junior college transfer, driving, athletic Tyrone Watson type player
Nedeljko Golubovic (a perimeter player on offense as a power forward)
Kevin Olekaibe, a 6-1 freshman guard who is the only player outside of Smith to average in double figure.
Fresno isn't a great shooting team but they run when they can and crash the offensive boards, which the Aggies have struggled with at times.