Sean Phaler leaves UNM
Sean Phaler known affectionately on TheRedMenace.com as "Bones" will be leaving the University of New Mexico after spring. Phaler best known for his shooting ability, tattoos, and energetic play will be missed by one and all as he was one of the most outgoing and exciting players when given time. Bones had an infectious style of play that had many fans chanting his name when he came in and despite his physical size played some of the toughest ball on the Lobo basketball team this year.
Sean Phaler Bones "The Enforcer"
Here is the official word from UNM:
University of New Mexico head coach Ritchie McKay announced today that redshirt freshman Sean Phaler will leave UNM at the end of the spring
semester for personal reasons. Phaler, a 6-9 forward from Anaheim Hills, Calif., saw action in 27 of the Lobos' 33 games this season. He
averaged 2.5 points, 1.0 rebound, and 4.1 minutes per game.
Phaler initially signed with UCLA out of high school under former head coach Steve Lavin, but was let out of his national letter of intent by
current Bruin head coach Ben Howland. He committed to UNM in 2003 following a car accident on June 26, 2003, that left him with two
broken vertebrae and forced him to redshirt his freshman season. Phaler scored in double figures three times this season while shooting
39.1% from the field and 31.3% from 3-pt. range.
"I have decided to leave the University of New Mexico for personal reasons unrelated to basketball," stated Phaler. "I would just like to
thank all of the people in the UNM basketball family - both the players, who are my best friends, and the coaches, who brought me here.
I would also like to thank the fans and the community of New Mexico. You've made my experience here a very enjoyable one."
TheRedMenace.com staff and fans want to wish Mr. Phaler well in his future.