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ENMU adds Wildcat


August 19, 2020

Kevin Wilson

Clovis guard DeWayne Dawson was one of five guards who joined the fold at Eastern New Mexico University for the 2020-21 season.

PORTALES - Eastern New Mexico University's men's basketball program has added a Clovis Wildcat among five players for its 2020-21 roster, according to a university release.

Guard DeWayne Dawson is part of the guard-heavy rotation announced as signed by new coach Brent Owen. He'll be joined by Tatum's Sebastian Jimenez, Carlsbad's Riley Hestand, Niko Bossinakis of Colleyville, Texas, and junior college transfer Tre'Vion Crawford.

As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Dawson averaged 14 points and five assists for the Wildcats in a 21-9 campaign.

"DeWayne is an athletic guard who can shoot the ball and make plays," Owen said, "We believe he has a high ceiling and are excited to get to work with him. It's great to be able to add a talented local player to the roster."

The release included the following details about the other signings:

• Crawford spent the last two years at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Crawford averaged 20.3 points last season and was named all-conference in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference. Owen noted a history of big tournament performances, including a Nebraska state quarterfinal game-winner as a senior at Omaha Bryan High.

• The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Bossinakis leaves Coleyville Heritage as the top scorer in program history with 1,793 points, and was selected all-district all four of his seasons. His high school coach, Owen noted, was former Greyhound Steve Hamrick. Bossinakis did play last year at post-graduate Suffield Academy, where he averaged 13.5 points and six rebounds, and will have four years of eligibility for the Greyhounds.

• Jimenez led the Coyotes with 17 points and 7.2 assists per game, and helped the team reach the Class 1A semifinals in his senior season. Owen noted Jimenez was class valedictorian, and it shows in how he conducts himself on the court.

• Hestand, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, helped Carlsbad reach the Class 5A state basketball tournament, and Owen noted he turned down other college opportunities to join the Greyhounds as a walk-on. "He wants to be a coach after college," Owen said, "and I look forward to helping him grow as a player and as a future coach."


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