A walk-on who shares the same home country as head coach Randy Wiel ... provides depth at the small forward position ... a favorite among his teammates.
WIEL ON LOPES
"Luigi has improved during his time here. He helps us out in practice every day."
Saw first career action against North Texas.
Named athlete of the year following the 1997-98 campaign ... Averaged over 20 points per game ... Served as team captain ... led the team in scoring ... Named MVP of the Kingdom Games in 1997 ... Averaged 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per contest during the tourney.
Son of Louis Lopes and Josie Lopes-Loth ... Born: 12/23/78 ... majoring in computer information systems.