Brendan Wenzel and Jesse Zarzuela Both Commit to UTEP Basketball
If there is one missing ingredient that Rodney Terry wanted to add to his team, a reliable sharpshooter would be it. The Miners took care of that with a pair of verbal commitments they received over the last 24 hours. First, rising Houston guard Jesse Zarzuela announced in a video that he would be playing for UTEP beginning in the 2019-20 season. The 6'2 prospect averaged 17.6 points per game for Spring Woods High School last season.
This morning, San Antonio 6'6 shooting guard Brendan Wenzel announced in a video on Twitter that he would also join the Miners next season. Wenzel chose UTEP over Northern Colorado, Texas State, New Mexico, and Louisiana Tech. Texas Tech had also shown late interest in Wenzel but the Miners made a huge impression during his recent visit to El Paso.
My first reaction to both decisions is how well done these videos are. Most high school kids still have the "old fashioned" press conference in their gym where they meet the media and make their choice of college while wearing the hat and t-shirt of their new school. I guess that is starting to become a thing of the past with slick-produced videos like these.
From a basketball angle, Coach Terry gets a pair of verbals from two of the top players in the state of Texas. Wenzel is currently ranked 18th in the state according to TexasHoops.com, while Zarzuela is a top five player in Houston whose stock has skyrocketed since June. UTEP continues to collect talented guards who can do a little of everything. The coaching staff has been able to get 11 of the 12 recruits they have targeted to commit to the program since Terry took over as head coach in March. These next few years will be fun as the roster overhaul is nearly complete and the Terry Era of Miner basketball officially gets under way in a few months.