Six-foot-6 Tim Myles needed a bit more legroom on the team's 14-hour flight (via New Mexico athletics)
Four of New Mexico's five starters return from last year's Mountain West championship team, but the Lobos will not be the same team as the one that won 29 games under Steve Alford. They'll have a new coach, Alford's top assistant Craig Neal. They'l play at a faster pace. And they'll need to settle on a replacement for top perimeter defender and second-leading scorer Tony Snell, who gave up his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.
To provide insight into New Mexico's trip, Yahoo! Sports will be running a daily update on the Lobos featuring a video diary entry from players and other tidbits. Up first are walk-on Chris Perez and starting guard Hugh Greenwood, a native of Hobart, Australia.
Perez describes the lengthy 14 1/2-hour flight the Lobos took aboard a multi-level Qantas jet in which they left Albuquerque on Friday evening and landed in Sydney at 6 a.m. local time. Greenwood, who was already in Australia visiting family when the Lobos arrived, weighs in on reuniting with his teammates and on their first practice in his home country.
Senior guard Chris Perez:
Junior guard Hugh Greenwood:
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