Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Phaler Set to Become UNM Lobo.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

California Star Is Injured; Commits in Hospital Bed

A day after fracturing two vertebrae in a severe car accident, Sean Phaler fractured more than a few hearts -- at least in California.

On Friday, Phaler said he will become a University of New Mexico men's basketball player.

"As soon as my visit to New Mexico was over (last week), I knew I wanted to go there," Phaler said by telephone Friday afternoon from his hospital bed in San Diego. "Since that time, I tried to find every reason why I shouldn't. I didn't find any."

One, however, nearly found Phaler on Thursday afternoon. While driving with a friend to his uncle's house, Phaler's 2000 Ford Mustang was clipped by a semi-truck, causing the car to flip over and fly 500 feet. …

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