UTEP currently has just one scholarship point guard on its roster, resulting in head coach Tim Floyd and his staff actively pursuing another option in the Class of 2016. Thursday the Miners landed that recruit, as 5-foot-10 point guard Deon Barrett announced that he’ll be attending the Conference USA school. Barrett is UTEP’s first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016.
Barrett, who attends Lancaster HS in Lancaster, Texas (located in Dallas County), just recently received a scholarship offer from UTEP and it didn’t take him long to commit. Barrett, who won a Class 5A state title alongside Texas A&M freshman Elijah Thomas last season, will take his official visit to UTEP this weekend. Barrett averaged 15 points and seven assists per game as a junior, a year in which he showed himself to be a good perimeter shooter as well as a distributor.
As noted above UTEP was in need of additional depth and a possible answer for the future at the point guard position. At present time junior guard Dominic Artis is UTEP’s lone scholarship point guard, with the academic ineligibility of sophomore Omega Harris (he’ll miss at least the first semester) leaving the Miners without a player who could occasionally spell Artis at the point.
While Barrett obviously can’t help UTEP with that depth issue this season, he can upon his arrival on campus for the 2016-17 season.
A basketball player getting the opportunity to play for his father at the college level isn’t an opportunity that occurs all that often. Of course in recent years the tandem of Greg and Doug McDermott at Creighton immediately comes to mind, and earlier this year Avery Johnson Jr. transferred from Texas A&M to Alabama in order to play for his newly hired father.
Wednesday it was announced that another college basketball player has transferred in order to play for his father, as Hudson Price has officially joined the Charlotte program, where his father Mark was hired as head coach in the spring. Hudson, who played two seasons at TCU, will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA rules.
After playing just over 15 minutes per game as a freshman the 6-foot-6 Price’s minutes decreased some in 2014-15, as he averaged 9.4 mpg as a sophomore.
Hudson Price is one of two transfers from four-year schools who have joined the Charlotte program since his father took over the program with former Pitt big man Joseph Uchebo being the other. In total, Charlotte will have eight newcomers on its roster when the season begins.
The 49ers have one scholarship upperclassman at the shooting guard position in junior Ivan Benkovic, with sophomore Ridell Camidge and freshmen Jon Davis and Curran Scott being the other options.
Rice continues to add talent under head coach Mike Rhoades as three-star point guard Ako Adams committed in the Class of 2016. With three three-star prospects in 2015 and two talented commitments in 2016, the Owls are getting a fair amount of talent into the program and could be in very good shape if things go properly in a few years.
The 6-foot-2 Adams hails from Arlington, Virginia and attends Bishop O’Connell High School. Joining Adams in the Class of 2016 is four-star shooting guard Josh Hall. The 2015 class for Rice also has pledges from three-star prospects in guard Marcus Evans and shooting guard Connor Cashaw.
So the program has a lot of backcourt depth coming in the next two classes and it can help Rhoades use a number of lineups and backcourt combinations.