Following the news Thursday of North Alabama leading scorer Christian Agnew transferring to UTEP, the Miners seized Salt Lake Community College sharpshooter Adam Hess on Friday.

The 6-foot-5 guard chose UTEP over the likes of Montana, Northeastern and UC Irvine.

Hess shot an exceptional 43.6 percent from beyond the arc for the fourth-ranked junior college team in the nation and averaged just over seven points per game. The Bruins ended the season on a 15-game win streak as Hess averaged 18.4 minutes per game.

He transferred to Salt Lake CC from Cal Baptist out of the Western Athletic Conference. In high school, Hess played for the elite prep school of St. Thomas More, along with Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, Calif.


As a junior college transfer, Hess is immediately eligible to play for the Miners and will enter as a redshirt sophomore.

The Miners now have Souley Boum, Kaden Archie, Keonte Kennedy and Hess to round out their backcourt for next season. Hess could serve as a formidable 3-and-D player for the Miners. Aside to the outside shooting that Daryl Edwards, Bryson Williams and Boum displayed last year, the Miners need a true 3-point scorer to help improve their 3-point shooting as a team. UTEP was the second-worst 3-point shooting team in Conference USA last year, averaging 30.1 percent per game from downtown. With good size and the ability to defend at a high level, Hess could prove to be a valuable asset to the Miners for 2020-21.

UTEP now has four scholarships available with the signing of Hess.

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