6’9” Michael Cobbins, 2010, 17u team – with the 2-handed slam!!
220 former players have received college scholarships!!!! 21 Former players have gone Pro with 2 at the NBA level.
May 2016 - EXTREMELY Proud of former Force player 6'5", 250lbs, TE, MJ McFarland on signing with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles. Proud of you, MJ!! What a great example of a young man with great integrity and character!!
2018, 6'8", 235lbs, PF, Marlon Cunningham had a huge April on the NY2LA circuit. Creating a lot of MM+/High Major D1 buzz.....
May 2016 - 14u Champs!! Hoop 10 tournament Amarillo, TX
16u team Take Flight Tournament Champs - April 2016
9 2015 NM Force players committed to D1 schools this year!!
10/2015 - Proud of Force players 6'9", Forward, Michael Cobbins on signing with the OKC Thunder and 6'11", Mike Holyfield on signing with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Nov 2015 - Announcement
Excited to announce that NM Force is the only team from New Mexico to be invited to participate in the NY2LA Basketball Association league for the 2016 season!!! Here's an article on our program and the NY2LA Basketball Association:
November 16, 2015
TWO MORE JOIN THE NY2LA BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Antonio Curro — National Recruiting Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Earlier this month we announced the NY2LA Basketball Association that would bounce onto the hardwood next spring and summer for 15U-17U teams. In two short weeks the platform has already seen commitments from quality programs in different parts of the country. On Friday we released two additions to the fold from Illinois and Michigan and today we continue to trend upwards with the additions of two more programs from New Mexico and Illinois.
We are pleased to welcome Ross Romero and the New Mexico Force Basketball Club to the NY2LA Basketball Association. Founded in 1992, the New Mexico Force has firmly established itself as a strong and stable program in the Southwestern region of the United States. After 11 years at the middle school levels, the New Mexico Force added high school divisions in 2003 and the results have been stellar. Over the past 13 years 210 alumni have received college scholarships with 73 going to the Division 1 level. In addition to college success, they have had 21 alumni go on to play professional basketball including Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Michael Holyfield (Memphis Grizzlies). The New Mexico Force have 16 former players competing at the Division 1 level this season.
We are also pleased to Dennis Kessel, Kyle Kessel and the Kessel Heat program to the NY2LA Basketball Association.....
We are pleased to have both the New Mexico Force and the Kessel Heat program join us as both bring additional quality and talent to an already strong group of programs in the NY2LA Basketball Association.
An updated list of teams confirmed to participate in
the 2016 NY2LA Basketball Association are as follows…
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)
ALL-IN/Y&R (Illinois); Chicago Lockdown (Illinois); Dakota Schoolers (North & South Dakota); Grand Rapids Storm (Michigan); Illinois Irish (Illinois); Illinois Stars (Illinois)
Kessel Heat (Illinois); Martin Brothers Select (Iowa); MBA Select (Indiana); Mercury Elite (Illinois); Minnesota Comets (Minnesota); Minnesota Select (Minnesota); New Mexico Force (New Mexico); OSA Crusaders (Nebraska); Quad City Elite (Illinois/Iowa); Ray Allen Select – RAS Milwaukee (Wisconsin); R.E.A.C.H. Legends – (Michigan); Wisconsin Blizzard (Wisconsin); Wisconsin Playmakers (Wisconsin); Wisconsin Shooters (Wisconsin); Wisconsin Swing (Wisconsin)
Yanders Law (Missouri);
Stay tuned to NY2LASPORTS.COM for continued updates on the NY2LA Basketball Association. You can also follow us on twitter @NY2LASPORTS and @NY2LABASKETBALL.
Proud of our 17u and 16u teams for competing in Vegas in the Fab48. Both teams earned the #1 seed spot in pool play. Our 14u team made the Final Four at the Bigfoot Las Vegas Classic. Way to go, everyone!!!
7/9/15 - NBA summer league: Good
game by NM Force players as they faced each other 6'9", F, 230lbs,
Michael Cobbins (OKC Thunder) with 5 points, 4 rebs, 2-4 FGs, 9 minutes
of play and 6'11, 270lbs, Michael Holyfield (Memphis Grizzlies) with 6
points, 9 rebounds, 1 block, 3-7 FGs, in 21 minutes of play. Way to go,
RECORD NUMBER!! This 2014-2015 college basketball season NM Force has a record number, 17 former players, at the D1 level. This is the highest in our history after having 14 last season!
CHAMPIONS!!! Congrats to our 17u team, players and coaches, for the excellent work at the Duncanville, TX GASO 4/24 - 4/26/15. Our boys came home with the Silver bracket Championship!!! Proud of our guys!
Good job by our 17u and 15u teams going 5-3 overall at the Pangos tourney in Vegas 4/10 - 4/12/15. 17u team lost to Compton Magic by 5 in a close game and beat a VERY TOUGH California Chaos team. 15u team made it to the Elite 8 and placed 6th. Way to go!!!
5/17/15 - Congrats to 6'11", Kelvin Jones (Hobbs HS) on his commitment to UTEP. Congrats, Kelvin!
4/17/2015 - Congrats to 2015, 6'8", F, Stephen Lennox (Lovington HS) for signing with D1 Idaho St. Univ. Really proud of you Steve!
4/2015 - Congrats to NM Force player TJ Holyfield on signing with D1 Stephen F. Austin Univ.
4/4/15 - Champions!!! Congrats to NM Force 13u and 14u teams for winning the championship game in the Cibola tournament! Great job coaches and players!
17u - Finished in the Elite 8 in Vegas, went 3-0 in Phoenix, Sweet 16 in Dallas and Vegas. Competed well against tough teams in pool play in Vegas (A-Plus WA - lost by 4 and 210 Jayhawks (TX) - lost by 10, a team that made the championship game in Dallas)
15u - Went 3-1, Sweet 16 finish at Compton Magic Tourney in Los Angeles, Sweet 16 in Dallas (played up a division) and Sweet 16 in Vegas.
14u - Champions of the 15u division and runner-ups in the 14u division in Phoenix - Finished 8-1 for the tourney; Runner-ups in Los Angeles at West Coast Elite tournament and Sweet 16 in Vegas.
"Doing More with Less"
Tuition Savings (Money in the Bank)
As a result of Force players receiving scholarships, players have saved over $13 million in college tuition.
We are the premier spring and summer NM AAU basketball program.
Breakdown of Force D1 players by State:
New Mexico - 50, Texas - 22, Arizona - 5, Colorado - 1
Breakdown of Force D2/NAIA/JuCo players by State:
New Mexico - 96, Texas - 39, Colorado - 3, Arizona - 4
Nov. 2013 - Force player, 6'5", Mike Craig (So. Miss) makes ESPN Sportcenter's Top 10 plays for the 2nd time this season (picture below against #3 ranked Louisville)!
"In the NBA/Pros"
Ray Turner (TX A&M) - Australia, Brandon Garrett(Murray St.) - Spain, Xavier Blount (Montana St.) - Australia/PBL Express; Chad Adams(UNM) - ABA, Mike Pinson - Mexico; Mike Craig - NBA D-league - Reno; Michael Cobbins NBA - Thunder, and Michael Holyfield NBA - Grizzlies; MJ McFarland NFL - Philadelphia Eagles (MJ became the 22nd Pro.)
Thank you to ALL NM Force coaches, past and present!! Those currently coaching continue to do a great job for the Force program - keep up the legacy and the great work! Truly the premier program!
Play for Force a program with a proven track record!!
2013 - NM Force player 6'11", 270lbs, Mike Holyfield (Sam Houston St.) with the big block
Ray Turner with the block vs Washington Huskies - 2010
NBA player, Danny Granger with the NM Force 15u Team (2012).
2013 marks the 21st season for the NM Force Basketball Club and its 10th year helping kids at the high school level. NM Force is blessed with a storied tradition and is proud of its nationally competitive status. NM Force started out as one team from a small church in 1992, coached by David Romero. The Romero brothers, David and Ross, “formally” founded the club in 1994. The Force grew into a full-fledged 501c(3), non-profit boy’s program from 11u to 17u and the premier program in the history of the State and one of the premier programs in the region. NM Force is a force to be reckoned with regionally and nationally. The success of NM Force is due primarily to the PLAYERS!
NM Force has had its share of victories such as wins against national powers Indiana Elite with Eric Gordon, Team Breakdown, Compton Magic (3-1 record), Lamar Odom I-Can All-Stars, Southeast AL Elite, Dallas Mustangs, IL Bobcats, FL Rams, Donyell Marshall Foundation (NY), Houston Hoopstars, Fairfax All-Stars (VA), Houston Elite, LBA Seawolves with Perry Jones, Memphis Elite, Team Arkansas, Colorado Chaos, Dallas Heroes, and more. Other memories include: Nike Championship in Las Vegas (80 teams), Nike Final Four in Las Vegas (100 teams) where we faced the So. Cal All-Stars with Brandon Jennings, Chase Budinger, Marques Johnson in the semi-finals, 7 Elite 8’s and 7 Sweet 16’s, all in national tournaments. One of the Sweet 16 games included a showdown against the O.J. Mayo and Billy Walker led D1-Greyhounds in the Reebok Big Time (308 teams), in front of a packed standing room only crowd of 2,000, including 130 college coaches.
NM Force has experienced the agony of defeat in close games from within 1 to 8 points to Dallas Showtyme Elite with John Bohannon, Double Pump Elite, Play Hard Play Smart with Terrence Jennings, Festus Ezeli, and Elston Turner Jr., Georgia Stars with Ralph Sampson III, Travis Leslie, Al Farouq-Aminu, Tony Woods and Wesley Witherspoon, IL Warriors with Vander Blue, NY Panthers, Minnesota Magic Elite, KC Keys, Michigan Hurricane, Urban DFW Elite with Darrell Arthur, California Supreme with Jeremy Tyler, AZ Magic with Isaiah Thomas and Jarred Bayless, Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Houston Hoops, Branch West, Kansas Pray and Play with Perry Ellis, Mean Streets (IL), Memphis Select, and a Triple OT game versus the St. Louis Eagles led by Bradley Beal, among others.
NM Force was also competitive against other national programs such as the NY Gauchos with Kemba Walker, Howard Pulley All-Stars, Long Island Lightning (NY), Friends of Hoops (WA), and more. Other players of note the Force faced: Eric Devendorf, Ian Miller, Keala King, Terrance Jones, Royce Woolridge, Alex Murphy, Kaleb Tarczewski, Christian Watford, Mardracus Wade, Malcolm Lee, Durand Scott, Roberto Nelson, Joe Burton, Seantrel Henderson, LeBryan Nash, and Mitch McGary to name a few.
In the last 10 years, 165 players from NM, TX, CO and AZ have received college scholarships, 58 at the division one level and 14 pros. For a complete list of alumni or more information about NM Force, please visit www.nmforce.com . NM Force has also produced several top 100 players with the highest rated being Michael Cobbins (#38 in the country - Rivals.com, #57 – Hot100hoops.com, #66 – Scout.com, and #75 – ESPN), currently at Oklahoma St. University.
Special thanks to the all volunteer staff, Board Members and/or coaches. Thanks goes out to the high school coaches who have helped our program with gym time. Additional thanks goes out to all of the media for covering NM Force and its players over the years, KRQE/KASA, KOB, KOAT, Albuquerque Journal, Amarillo Newspaper, Las Cruces Sun Newspaper, Clovis News Journal, El Paso Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, and the East Mountain Telegraph.
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National Tournament Success – 1 Championship, 1 Final Four, 10 Elite
8’s, 8 Sweet 16’s
Regional Tournament Success – 24 Championships, 7 Runner-ups, and 3 Sweet 16’s