A year ago, Isiah Osborne was not on UTEP's radar. The 6-5 guard had just finished his freshman season at the University of Windsor and was preparing for a big sophomore campaign. In a preseason game against Charleston Southern, Osborne dropped 35 points against the team from the Big South, and UTEP center Matt Willms happened to be in attendance. Less than two weeks later, Osborne announced that he was leaving the University of Windsor and would transfer to UTEP. Unfortunately, the NCAA Clearinghouse rules that Osborne would have to sit out a season before becoming eligible with the Miners. Now, the sophomore guard has big plans for his first season in Division 1.

It is interesting that soccer was Isiah's first love growing up in Canada, and he had aspirations of playing professionally. However, things changed by the time he entered high school and suddenly, his dream was to play in the NBA. Osborne will join Trey Wade as the two Miners who sat out last season. UTEP fans will also like the Klay Thompson comparison, and they can only hope that Osborne can have the same kind of success developing his game under head coach Tim Floyd.