UTEP Men’s Basketball Adds 3 Players During Signing Day
Although Tim Floyd appears to have his deepest team ever at UTEP, the Miners added three more prospects to next season's roster. Lee Moore, Christian Romine, and Paul Thomas all signed National Letters of Intent with the Miners for the 2015-16 season.
Moore is the number 8 junior college player on the nation according to 247Sports. The 6'5, 175-pound guard averaged 18 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season for Wallace State Community College in Huntsville, Alabama. He was a first team All-League and All-Region pick, as well as the conference tournament MVP. Coach Floyd believes his versatility and leadership will be a big plus for the Miners.
“Lee is a very talented guard that can help us at multiple positions,” Floyd said. “He comes in with junior college experience, having led his team to the national tournament. He is a really smooth shooter and can really create for others. He has the ability to get in the lane and finish in traffic. Being that he has two years of college experience, we feel he can come in and impact our team immediately.”
Thomas, a 6-8 190-pound forward is regarded as a four-star prospect and is rated as the number 14 overall player in the state of Texas by ESPN. In his junior season with Summer Creek High School in Humble, Texas, Thomas averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. “Paul is an excellent athlete who plays above the rim and can really run,” Floyd said. “He has a strong skill level to where he can even play out on the perimeter. He is an excellent passer and ball handler who really sees the floor.”
Romine is a 6-9. 215-pound forward who is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and rated the 18th best player in the state of Illinois by 247Sports. Romine has played varsity basketball since his sophomore year and will not turn 18 until next August. Coach Floyd loves his upside and rebounding skills.