MEN'S BASKETBALL: New Mexico State transfer now official
On Monday, former New Mexico State guard Terrel de Rouen announced he was transferring to North Dakota.
On Tuesday, UND head coach Brian Jones made that move official.
Jones announced that de Rouen has signed an athletics grant-in aid to play for his program.
The 6-foot-1 de Rouen spent three seasons with the Aggies and is seeking a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible for the 2014-15 season.
According to the Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun Times, de Rouen likely would have been a walk-on player for the Aggies this season due to the multiple injuries and the addition of seven freshmen commitments and two returning point guards.
The New Mexico native has a couple of connections to UND and the area as Jones worked with current NMSU associate head coach Paul Weir at the University of Iowa during the 2005-06 season and de Rouen’s mother, Lisa, was born in Fargo.
“I loved my time at NMSU and I love my city and the coaches were great but it’s a chance for me to spread my wings not as the hometown kid,” de Rouen told the Sun Times.
Originally from Las Cruces, N.M., the hometown product played six games as a true freshman for NMSU before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of his first collegiate season.
De Rouen suffered two major injuries with the Aggies and is hoping to be granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.
“We are excited to welcome Terrel to our basketball family and get him started on this new journey,” Jones said. “He comes from a program that has had a lot of success in the WAC and has NCAA tournament experience, so he brings that instant credibility of knowing what it takes to compete at that level consistently.
“As a player, Terrel is well-rounded and possesses the ability to score and make plays for others, while also being a tough-minded defender that can guard both on and off the ball at a high level.”
In September of 2013, de Rouen was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The suspension timetable was never revisited due to the extent of his injury.
He appeared in 36 games as an Aggie. In 2012-13, de Rouen played in 32 games and started nine times. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.