UTEP basketball received a commitment from Chipola College transfer guard Carlos Lemus over the weekend to round out the 2022-23 season's roster.

Second-year head coach Joe Golding had a task to retool the roster that saw 10 players depart from the 2021-22 roster and had one player graduate in Alfred Hollins. UTEP now has now filled all 13 scholarships with Lemus taking the final one for the Miners.

Through 52 games played at Chipola from 2021-23, Lemus averaged 11.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 46% from the field and 37% from 3-point range. On paper, Lemus could be a formidable replacement for former guards like Christian Agnew or Jorell Saterfield. Lemus seems like he could be a versatile two-way player, as he averages nearly 2.0 steals per game.

Prior to Chipola, Lemus played his freshman season at Southeastern Iowa Community College, where he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The Cumana, Venezuela native stands at 6-foot-3 and graduated high school from Upper Room Christian High School (Dix Hills, New York).

The UTEP men's basketball team now has six players with ties to the JUCO ranks, including Malik Zachery (South Plains), Tae Hardy (Pearl River CC), Mario McKinney Jr. (John A. Logan College), Jonathan Dos Anjos (Florida Southwestern College), Derick Hamilton (Bossier Parish Community College) and Lemus.

Point Guard
Shamar Givance | 5-10 | 155 lbs. | Grad (one year of eligibility)
Malik Zachery | 6-2 | 175 lbs. | Junior (two years of eligibility)
Jamal Sumlin | 6-3 | True Freshman (four years of eligibility)

Shooting Guard
Tae Hardy | 6-2 | 191 lbs. | Junior (two years of eligibility)
Mario McKinney Jr. | 6-1 | | 185 lbs. | Junior (two years of eligibility)
Carlos Lemus | 6-3 | 185 lbs. | Junior (two years of eligibility)

Small Forward
Jamari Sibley | 6-8 | 184 lbs. | Sophomore (three years of eligibility)
Otis Frazier III | 6-6 | 212 lbs. | Junior (three years of eligibility)

Calvin Solomon | 6-6 | 194 lbs | Junior (two years of eligibility)

Power Forward
Jonathan Dos Anjos | 6-7 | 205 lbs. | Junior (two years of eligibility)

Center
Ze'Rik Onyema | 6-8 | 220 lbs. | Sophomore (three years of eligibility)
Kevin Kalu | 6-9 | 235 lbs. | Sophomore (three years of eligibility)
Derick Hamilton | 6-10 | 280 lbs. | Sophomore (three years of eligibility)

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