LOS LUNASIn addition to the on-court rivalry that exists between the men’s basketball programs at New Mexico and New Mexico State, the Lobos and Aggies now have a shared — and local — pursuit: Jalin Holland.

Los Lunas High School’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, who still has three years left to play for the Tigers, last week was offered a scholarship by UNM and coach Richard Pitino.

“It meant a lot, knowing that’s from New Mexico and it’s only, like, 20 minutes away from me,” Holland said.

Already, Holland had offers from Southern Utah and New Mexico State. And he just finished his freshman season.

“I find that it’s really impressive,” Holland said, “knowing all my hard work has paid off and seeing all these offers come in.”

Holland, 16, is a combo guard for the Tigers, although he said he wasn’t sure what his best position might be at the next level.

He averaged 19.8 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for Los Lunas. He was named to the Class 5A All-State first team last season.

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James Yodice, Albuquerque Journal staff writer