Lobos land a keeper in Kuiper 

July, 18, 2013
7/18/13
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There haven’t been many commitments in between the recruiting periods this month, but there was one that caught my eye earlier this week.

New Mexico’s newest recruit, 2015 three-star prospect Dane Kuiper (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol), is an interesting story. He’s from Wasilla, Alaska, and yes, he knows Sarah Palin (Kuiper’s brother dated one of Palin’s daughters). If he still lived in Alaska, he’d spend his free time salmon fishing when he wasn’t hooping.

Kuiper, a 6-foot-5 small forward, now calls Arizona home. He committed to New Mexico on Sunday night, becoming new head coach Craig Neal’s first recruit who is not related to him (Neal signed his son, Cullen Neal, late in the 2013 class).