He's been the so-called "future leader" for the UTEP squad by his teammates and after dropping a career-high 32 points versus Rice on Saturday, freshman guard Jordan Lathon was named C-USA Freshman of the Week, league officials announced today.

The Miners ended up blowing a  20-point lead against Rice and fell 85-81 in double-overtime.

Lathon scored a freshman program-best 32 points on 12-for-16 shooting, while also grabbing 18 rebounds. He made 12 field goals and six 3-pointers, which were both career highs for Lathon. It was the first time a Miner had scored 30-plus since Lee Moore in 2016.

His two low points on Saturday came at the free throw line (2-for-7) and turnovers (six), while fouling out in the first overtime.

This is Lathon's second C-USA Freshman of the Week honor, following his first on Dec. 3. It also marks the fifth time UTEP had a Freshman of the Week recognition.

Lathon is averaging 10.4 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game, while scoring 11.4 points per game and 5.5 boards in league games only.