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A.J. Harris Denied Sixth Year

Aggie Nation received discouraging news this morning, as word was announced that the NCAA has denied AJ Harris a sixth year of eligibility. This news means AJ's outstanding career as NM State' point guard has come to an end.

The news from the NCAA regarding my sixth-year waiver wasn't what I wanted to hear and I'm disappointed to say my time in an Aggie uniform has officially come to an end. 

Last season definitely wasn't what I wanted it to be, but nothing can take away from the memories I've made in Las Cruces as part of one of the best teams in the nation. New Mexico State is a special place because of our basketball program and the fans that love us. We feed off your passion and are proud to say you're the best fans in the nation.

Once an Aggie, always an Aggie! Much love,

-AJ Harris

"We are disappointed in the denial of AJ Harris's waiver by the NCAA. Unfortunately, with this decision, we have now exhausted any and all possibilities for AJ to play another year of college basketball. We will continue to support AJ in his professional basketball pursuits. During his time in Las Cruces, AJ helped us win at a high level, accomplish many of our goals and at the end he earned his degree which will continue to open doors for him in the future."


Myself and NM State Nation would like to take time to thank AJ for his exceptional time in an Aggie uniform. AJ was our program's leader on and off the court. He's not only an exceptional point guard, he's an exceptional person and teammate. We wish AJ the best in his future endeavors and her certain he'll have a successful professional career inside and outside the sport of basketball.

AJ showed up every game but a few exceptional performances stick out from the rest. The first performance that comes to mind is his 31-point showing against his former coach and in-state rival, UNM Loobs. Harris went OFF from deep, hitting six of six from three on his way to leading the Aggies to their second straight win in The Pit.

Another notable performance was when AJ took over the game against Power Five foe, Illinois in Chicago's United Center. I was blessed to watch this game in-person and saw the post-game press conference where Illini coach, Brad Underwood said Harris could get to the basket "at will." Check out AJ work his magic that night below.

Thank you, AJ for wearing the Crimson and White with pride and for making us proud of our Aggies! We will miss you!

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