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UNM's Aniyah Augmon opts to forgo final year of eligibility

Mar. 19—New Mexico guard Aniyah Augmon announced her decision on Tuesday to forgo her final year of college basketball eligibility.

A San Jose, Calif. native, Augmon started 30 games as a junior and was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

"My passion goes beyond basketball," she wrote in a statement posted on X. "I've worked hard on and off the court and because of that I am excited to be graduating as a junior this year. After many prayers, thoughts and conversations, I have decided to (forgo) my last year of eligibility."

Augmon, who suffered a knee injury last season, flourished this year, her first as a starter. She averaged 13 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game on her way to All-Mountain West and conference All-Defensive Team honors and was frequently cited as one of the team's leaders on a Lobos team that finished second in the Mountain West regular season standings.

"On this journey, my body has endured a lot and I have made various sacrifices," she added in her statement. "This has impacted me in many ways. I have always given 110% to my team, my coaches and this sport. I always did what was in other's best interest, all for the love of the game.

"Now it is time to do what is in the best interest of myself!"

In addition to Augmon's departure, six other players have announced their decisions to enter the transfer portal. Paula Reus, Nahawa Diarra Berthe, Natalia Chavez, Mackenzie Curtis, Jaelyn Bates and Hannah Robbins are all set to leave.

The Lobos fell 67-56 to San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament and are not playing in any other postseason tournaments.