Originally published June 7, 2012 at 05:22p.m., updated June 7, 2012 at 05:45p.m.

Merv Lindsay transferring to University of New Mexico

Former KU basketball player decides while on campus visit


Former Kansas University basketball player Merv Lindsay on Thursday orally committed to the University of New Mexico at the conclusion of his recruiting trip to the Albuquerque, N.M., school.

Lindsay, a 6-7, 195-pound small forward from Moreno Valley, Calif., will practice but not play in games next season and be eligible during the 2013-14 campaign.

He averaged 2.2 minutes a game in 12 games this past season, scoring 11 points.

He reported his commitment via text message, then later was reached by phone for comment by the Journal-World.

“I felt really good there, very comfortable,” Lindsay said. “I liked everything about the place — the coaches, players. I didn’t have any complaints, none at all. It’s a family atmosphere.

“I’m going to use the year off to work on everything that is wrong with my game, get in the weight room and improve so I’ll be ready to contribute to the team the following season.”

For more on the story, see Friday's Journal-World and


Vernon Riggs 1 year, 10 months ago

While I am not advocating one way over the other. I am not sure that Doyle is a lock for a Kansas scholarship. I agree with Jaybate, the Merv for Doyle is an odd trade. When you look at the possible players that HCBS could have in 2013 with the fifth scholarship {after (1) Frankamp (lock), (2) Greene (lock), (3) Randle (long-shot) or Shepherd, (4) Barber} like:

Walker, Freeman, Parker (long-shot), Jordan, Rathan-Mayes, Lee, Lawrence

Is anyone sure that Doyle is even Kansas-bound?


REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Among all positions 1 thru 5, Travis will play the most minutes, if his body holds up, IMHO. He arrived in Lawrence with B+/A- talent, played well for USA summer bball, accepted the redshirt season, played an essential role in our 2011-12 spectacular winning season, and now enters his fifth season in a Jayhawk singlet. Bill Self knows to depend upon Trav's leadership and assumption of whatever role is necessary, game to game. Early on, Coach predicted that Travis would be a 1000 pt. scorer before he left KU. I have become a huge Travis Releford fan, and have enjoyed his long commitment to improving his total game under the guidance of outstanding coaching. He represents the type of player who will always keep Bill Self's program in the running for league titles and shots at Final Four opportunities. In a financial sense, Travis Releford is a rock solid sound dollar in a world of leaping and plunging equities. Here's hoping he finishes his Jayhawk career with a flourish and moves on to earn a fine income as a professional player.


master16 1 year, 10 months ago

I think it's pretty simple... Lindsey wants more playing time, and sees a bunch of talented big men coming in so he wants to transfer. Doyle likes KU because of the coaching staff, the campus, the tradition (or whatever his reasons are).

I don't know why it matters if one leaving is causing the other to commit, or the other way around. Why try to complicate things that don't really matter? The kids know what they want and I'm positive HCBS and their parents will help them make the right decisions.

Bottom line, best of luck to both kids and the choices they make.


Randy Maxwell 1 year, 10 months ago

Ellis is anything but soft. He's an inside banger cant play outside at all


ohjayhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Or, perhaps this is something that has been in the works for a while now. Maybe Merv told Coach that he was considering transferring, and that is why a scholarship was offered to Milton? The fact is we don't know, and, most likely, will never know for sure what happened. The point is that it appears it was a mutually-agreeable parting and we should wish Merv all the best and welcome Milton into the fold.


Charles Shirley 1 year, 10 months ago

It is way too easy to assume that Merv Lindsay is leaving because Milton Doyle is coming. That equation is illogical. They are different types of players. Believe it or not, recruiting is not an exact science and every move is not tied to the others. Bill Self can only control so much. Also, believe it or not, the players themselves have some say in their own futures. It has seemed for a long time that Lindsay wanted more playing time and he did not see that in his future if he stayed at KU. It is as simple as that. He's not transferring to UNM under a cloud like Giddens, who carried his issues with him to UNM. Creating false melodrama to justify why a certain player arrives at KU or leaves KU is fun entertainment, but most of the time it is not based upon facts. Doyle's arrival and Lindsay's departure had nothing to do with each other. If Lindsay can find more playing time in New Mexico for Alford then that is great opportunity for Lindsay. It does not reflect poorly on Self or Doyle--that is a false premise. I look forward to following Lindsay's progress at UNM. I'm also looking forward to watching Doyle play for KU. Chill out and don't read so much into these changes. These young men are just trying to decide what is right for them.


yovoy 1 year, 10 months ago

I really do think that ML could play, but he never really got a chance. I don't blame him for shooting it seemingly every time he touched it. I think he could've been groomed into a pretty decent sub. Could've been taught to defend, and could've been used to steal minutes for other guys. I liked his game, he was aggressive, even if not that over-the-top-talented like we are used to around here. I'm thinking that he'll get a chance to showcase some of his skillset that we never got to see here. At least I hope he gets to. Good luck, Merv.

I'm really thinking that Young is going to be more consistent next year. It's my hope that he MAKES someone take his minutes away, because that would mean that he's doing well in coaches' eyes, and it would mean that we will be able to depend on depth at the position that he'd be losing. His body language says that he LOVES to play, and he does lots of things that don't show up in the scorebook. I think it's pretty telling that he seemed to be in during crunch time to play some D. When we beat MU (I think), and he checked in for that last possession, the look and smile on his face was priceless.


Lance Hobson 1 year, 10 months ago

Ellis is a little on the soft side. Great kid, but he'll need to get a lot tougher to live up to Self's defensive teams.


COHawk10 1 year, 10 months ago

@Jaybate What about Benny Mac? Isn't he the starting 3?


dylans 1 year, 10 months ago

Good luck Merv! I hope to see you crack the starting line up soon.


jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Subract Merv Lindsey.

Add Milton Doyle.

What an odd trade.

It vexes me.

Merv is good enough for Alford to want not only to use up a scholie on him, but also to let him burn up a year sitting out.

But on the other hand, Merv is not good enough to be preferable to Milton Doyle at KU.

KU only has two credible 3's on this year's team: Travis and Andrew White. And only Andrew is supposed to be a natural trey shooter and defense stretcher from the the three. And the year after, KU has Frankamp, a two, and Greene, a 2-3 type, coming, so KU will still only be two deep at the 3.

So: Self looks at this coming year and the following one and says, "I want Milton Doyle, a point guard. I don't want a third 6-7 three, even though Andrew White views himself as a two.

Unless: Perry Ellis really is going to play 3, or swing 3 to 4.

Hmmm, I wonder.

Maybe Merv had to go to make room for Perry to split time with Travis maybe two thirds Travis and one third Perry at the 3.

And maybe when Perry is at the three, Trav may fill for BenMac, so that Trav gets his 30-35mpg, while BenMac is going through his fitful growth phase.

And maybe New Mexico gets a guy who might have been good enough to play some at KU, and maybe that's why Alford is taking Merv in.


Merv, we hardly knew ye.


DDDHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Good luck, Merv! KU Fans will always have you in our hearts!


KEITHMILES05 1 year, 10 months ago

You were a great cheerleader for your team and always there giving encouragement.

You are a quality young man and hope you can continue developing to reach your goals.


cool_beans 1 year, 10 months ago

good luck man. it's a good school. i bet all the hottie new mexico girls go to school there.


conlawgrad 1 year, 10 months ago

Isn't New Mexico where J.R. Giddens went? Interesting choice.


phogphan2000 1 year, 10 months ago

Good deal Merv, Alford is a sound coach with a lot of experience and the Pit is a great place for basketball. Just stay out of trouble, eat lots of green chili and enjoy the ABQ, it's a very cool place.


REHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Merv, the last Jayhawk to transfer to the Lobos did quite well for himself and that program. His last year under Steve Alford, he ended up as a first round draft pick. He did possess some extraordinary hoops skills from the getgo, but faced some derailments which you have not ventured into. Anyway, best of luck in New Mexico. Lots of the Jayhawk Nation will keep an eye on your progress and cheer for your success. This transfer offers a second year for you to grow and polish skills. I hope to see you earning substantial minutes in the fall of 1913.


ksbball1 1 year, 10 months ago

Best of luck at New Mexico Merv! texashawk- nice avatar.


texashawk10 1 year, 10 months ago

This is a very good fit for Merv. He seemed to have pretty solid fundamentals when he got to play, but just didn't have the talent to play many minutes at a place KU. The Mountain West has always seemed like a better fit for someone with size and skill set and New Mexico has been one of the best teams in that conference for quite a while. Good luck in the Pit Merv and hope you have a good career for the Lobos.


Martin Rosenblum 1 year, 10 months ago

Don't worry Merv, Tyler Self will send you anything you might have left in your locker.

Good luck in New Mexico. Hope you have good experiences there. We'll be following you like we have others who left the program.


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