The UTEP men's basketball team has its newest name from the transfer portal, one that Miner fans might remember.

Southern Miss transfer guard Tae Hardy announced today that he will be committing to play at UTEP. He is a junior transfer and will be an immediate impact player for the Miners this fall. Jake Lieberman first reported the news on Twitter.

Here's what Hardy wrote on his Instagram page:


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The UTEP basketball team gets a scoring guard that has reached double-digits in scoring through back-to-back seasons. He started in 22 games in 2020-21, averaging 11 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Last season, Hardy was known as a leader at Southern Miss. He only played in seven games due to a shoulder injury, yet still averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

Hardy spent his freshman season at East Carolina (2018-19) before transferring to Southern Miss. He will join NM State transfer Mario McKinney Jr. as two newcomer guards from the transfer portal for the Miners backcourt. UTEP saw starters Keonte Kennedy, Souley Boum and Jamal Bieniemy leave the program following the season.

With the offer, UTEP should have five scholarships left.

Read up on the other potential targets for the Miners here. 

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