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New Mexico Adds Forward Josiah Allick

by Steve Kirkland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico men’s basketball program announced Monday the addition of Josiah Allick, a transfer forward from Kansas City. The 6-8, 240-pound native of Lincoln, Neb. joins the Lobos after playing the last three seasons for the Roos.

During his career at Kansas City, Allick appeared in 69 games, starting 50 contests. He helped the Roos to a 19-12 record last season, the second-most wins in the program’s Division I history.

“We set out this spring to add some physicality, some toughness and some strength, and we feel like we have certainly done that again with Josiah,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “We targeted him right when he hit the transfer portal and feel like he can come in and make an impact. He has a body of work at the collegiate level and we feel like we have done nothing but improve our roster and our culture with his addition. He is a great kid, who loves to work and loves to win, and Lobo basketball just got a lot better.”

Allick appeared in 17 games for the Roos in 2021-22, starting 16 contests, and averaged 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 11 games, including the last five games of the season after returning from an injury that kept him out nearly two months. He scored 21 points on 7-10 FGs in the season-opener at Minnesota and matched that season high of 21 points in the regular season finale against conference champion South Dakota State on 8-12 shooting. For the season, he shot 55 percent from the floor, 36 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free throw line.

In 2020-21, Allick started 22 games and earned honorable mention All-Summit League honors. He averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, shooting a league-leading 57.3 percent from the floor. He scored in double figures 18 times, including seven 20-point games. He scored a career-high 29 points vs. Greenville and posted five double-doubles, including a 23-point, 10-rebound performance against North Dakota in the Summit League Tournament.

As a freshman in 2019-20, Allick made 12 starts in 30 appearances for Kansas City. He scored in double figures in nine contests, including his first career double-double against Grand Canyon when he had 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

“The thing that made me gravitate to New Mexico was how Coach Pitino made it clear they really wanted me to come in and fill a need in the frontcourt,” said Allick. “I am excited to play in the Mountain West, which just keeps getting better and better as a league. The Pit is amazing arena and I can’t wait to be able to play in front of those crowds. It is hard not to be excited to be part of a program like this and play in front of such incredible fans.”